Deodorant is one of the WORST personal care products for our health and wellness due to many of the toxic ingredients that are in it!
Just a few ingredients to look out on the label when using deodorant are:
Aliminum- Found in antiperspirants because it clogs your pores to prevents sweating. However, Aluminum exposure has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and may put women at a higher risk for breast cancer
Fragrance- Behind this word is 400+ different chemicals, including harmful ones that are known allergens and may be linked to cancers
Parabens- Can disrupt hormonal balances because they sometimes can act as estrogen in the body
Triclosan- Used to kill bacteria on skin and during the manufacturing process. It is classified as a pesticide by the FDA and when it is mixed with water, it can create chloroform which is a carcinogenic gas
So, how can you be sure that the deodorant you use on a daily basis is completely safe for your health?
You can either buy natural, organic deodorant, scented with essential oils or you can make your own! This is my favorite deodorant recipe!
¼ cup Baking Soda (Buy here)
Tip: If Baking Soda irritates your skin, replace it with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Buy here)
Tip: You could also use Arrowroot Powder (Buy here)
25-30 drops of Essential Oils (I recommend Young Living)
Some recommended essential oils are:
Glass jar (I used a 8 oz glass jar but this recipe can also fit in a 4 oz jar and if you wanted to split the recipe up, you can put it in two 2 oz jars buy all sizes here)
Combine baking soda/food grade diatomaceous earth & arrowroot powder/cornstarch together in a bowl
Add coconut oil to the bowl and mix & until it becomes a paste-like consistency
Mix in the essential oils
Add the mixture to a glass jar
Directions for use:
To use, scoop a small bit out with your finger and apply as you would a body butter
Due to the fact that this recipe doesn't have any preservatives in it, this recipe will last about 3-6 months.
Tip: Because of the coconut oil, if you leave your deodorant in a hot climate, the deodorant will be of very soft consistency (you can still use it this way or you can leave it in the refrigerator to harden it.) If you leave your deodorant in a colder climate, it will be of a harder consistency, if this happens use your hand to soften up the deodorant.
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