Have you ever read the ingredient label on your deodorant? If not, I highly recommend it. Most commercial deodorants are full of aluminum, a heavy metal that has been linked to Alzhiemers. Aluminum is a mainstay in deodorants because, as Dr. Mercola explains, aluminum works in deodorants by clogging our pores, thus trapping toxins and sweat inside our bodies! These toxins then build up and are trapped in our lymph nodes. This buildup can lead to cell mutations and cancer.
That seems like a heavy price to pay just to smell good.
Thankfully, you can say goodbye to aluminum AND still smell good.
There are more natural deodorants on the market that don’t contain aluminum, but they still have propylene glycol as a main ingredient. The Material Data Sheet (for cleaning up chemical spills) says that propylene glycol can cause eczema, dermatitis, and allergic reactions as well as kidney and liver problems. It also causes problems with healthy cell growth.
What to do, what to do?
Make your own! Seriously. It takes less than 5 minutes to make enough deodorant to last several months. Plus, this deodorant is actually GOOD for you!
Here’s the recipe:
Coconut Oil Deodorant
Deodorant container (I bought commercial deodorants from the store (with coupons!), and just emptied them out.)
5 TB coconut oil (Vitacost (follow the link for a $10 coupon!) or Tropical Traditions are both great sources)
2/3c baking soda
2/3c cornstarch or arrowroot powder
Essential oil as desired
Melt the coconut oil on the stove if it’s hard (it is liquidy around room temperature).
Refrigerate to harden. Done!
Have you tried making your own deodorant? How did it work for you?