How to Make Your Own Safe, Chemical-Free Deodorant


I’ve been making my own deodorant for years. It all started when I came across an article on the internet about how aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease & Kidney Disease (Scientists noticed that dialysis patients who had these high aluminum levels were more likely to develop dementia too.) We’ve been wonderfully brain washed into thinking sweating is a bad thing. Sweating is a necessity in life. Sweat, as stinky and uncomfortable as it can be at times, is a natural and healthy part of life, helping to cool the body, release toxins and helps to maintain normal body temperatures.
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. arrowroot powder or ½ cup of cornstarch
5 tbsp. unrefined virgin coconut oil
10 drops of grapefruit essential oil or lavender essential oil
You can pick your favorite scent. I like lavender or grapefruit.

Empty deodorant stick or Mason jar
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together.
Melt your coconut oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
Mix all ingredients the baking soda and arrowroot powder with the oil, Pour into clean small Mason jar,( or your empty stick container)  add your essential oil to the Mason jar or the empty stick container, using a wooden Popsicle stick , give it a good stir to mix everything. Close your the lid.  Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils.
This will take roughly 24 hours to set. It will thicken up. I use my finger to scrape what I need out of the mason jar and scoop it across my underarm. This will last you for a good 6 months!

Article resources:

Dee Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University; president, International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University; member, American Academy of Dermatology.

Eric Schweiger, MD, dermatologist; clinical instructor of dermatology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York Cit

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