Conventional antiperspirants are controversial due to active ingredients linked to cancer. There is a lot of debate over the breast cancer risk when rubbing these chemicals alongside your chest – particularly shortly after shaving.
The ingredients of concern are aluminum and parabens. High aluminum levels are found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and it is the most controversial additive of the current vaccine debate. Parabens – also linked to cancer – are a common preservative in lotions and cosmetics. These are both ingredients I make it a point to avoid.
Personally I don’t need to debate the risk – it’s not worth losing sleep over – I would not rub these ingredients into my body. I do not wear antiperspirant and haven’t for years. While I have used various brands of deodorant from Whole Foods, I find it’s cheaper and equally effective to make my own.
Once you stop wearing conventional products your body start to recoop its own microbiome (beneficial bacteria that help protect you from all sorts of foreign invaders) and you will stink less! I swear. I NEVER wear deodorant until the weather is very hot outside. I do sweat if I go to the gym – but who doesn’t?? I only workout if I plan to change out of sweaty clothes right after anyway. It’s actually the chemicals in conventional antiperspirants that stain the armpits of your clothes – not your sweat – I know from experience 🙂
This recipe is so simple and you probably have the ingredients in your house! So unfortunately I can’t send you on a trip to Target to pick up deodorant recipe ingredients (and 2 pairs of shoes and 3 tops you notice while you’re there). The base of the recipe is coconut oil – so keep in mind when you put it on – it takes a minute or two to absorb into your skin. Put it on before you get dressed or avoid letting your shirt touch your armpit until it absorbs.
In a small jar with a lid mix:
- 1 part organic cornstarch (or arrowroot powder if you have it)
- 1 part baking soda
- 1.5 parts organic coconut oil
You’ll need to warm the coconut oil a bit if it’s not soft (10-20 seconds in the microwave is fine). You can mix in a bowl and transfer to a jar if the mouth of the jar is not wide enough to easily use a mixing utensil (or your finger). In the summer the coconut oil may turn to a liquid. It works the same – just make sure you mix the oil with the 2 powders and rub into your armpit with your finger.
The baking soda absorbs the smell, the starch absorbs some of the liquid you sweat. ***Remember: There is a window of adjusting from antiperspirant. However, you WILL sweat less once you take a holiday from it. I have not used antiperspirant in many years. This is the only deodorant I ever use – PROMISE!!!