The skin is the largest organ of the body and absorbs everything it comes in contact with. So what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies.
Deodorants are something most people depend on everyday, sometimes even multiple times. However, most people are unaware about the ingredients in deodorants.
Most deodorants include a concoction of harmful chemicals like aluminium, chloralhydrate, parable and many other ingredients we can’t easily pronounce.
In fact many studies suggest there are links between these chemicals and breast cancer, hormonal imbalances and disturbances, acne, weight gain and infertility. A 2009 study from the University of Reading, U.K., found a correlation between “the increase in cancers of the outside upper quadrant of the breast with the increase in the use of chemical cosmetics, including antiperspirant” (Gillian Deacon: There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, 2011).
With this in mind, it might be time to give natural deodorants a go.
It’s important to know that natural deodorants won’t stop you sweating because it doesn’t block your pores or your body’s sweating process (antiperspirants do block your pores—that’s why you don’t sweat). However, natural deodorant will actually work with the good bacteria on your skin, helping to reduce odour.
It’s also important to understand that sweat itself doesn’t cause body odour. It’s when sweat mixes with the bacteria on your skin that it can carry a (not so nice) smell.
There are many different natural ingredients you can use as a natural deodorant. Charcoal, for example, can absorb at least a thousand times its own weight in moisture. Ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and mineral-rich clay are also popular as they actually improve the condition of your arm pits, leaving them smooth and less prone to irritation.
Below we share one of our favourite DIY natural deodorant recipes to try. It’s by Wellness Mama
Shea Butter Deodorant Recipe
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp arrowroot (optional) or organic corn starch
Essential oils (optional)
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. OR you can combine the shea butter and coconut oil in a quart-size glass mason jar with a lid and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted, instead. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these types of projects and not even need to wash it out.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit).
Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It may take several hours to completely harden. This process can be sped up by putting it in the fridge for a few minutes. Store in a cool dry place.
Apply a small amount to your arm pits by smoothing it on with your fingers.