Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Homemade Deodorant

It's been reported that whatever we put on our skin (the largest 'organ' of the body) absorbs into the body the same as if we ate it.  So it makes sense to use natural products that are "edible" on our skin as much as we can. 

Skin that has been freshly shaven is particularly vulnerable to asorbtion, and when it comes to the chemicals in deodorant this is a big concern.  Aluminium is used in commercial antiperspirants to force the sweat glands to close - an unhealthy and unnatural action.  Research shows aluminium is linked to Alzheimer's disease. 

While most of us don't want to risk our health if we can help it, we also don't want to stink!  But there IS a healthy alternative that actually works and it's as easy as it is effective.  And I must say, it works better than the store bought stuff only without ANY of the health risks.  Score!  :) 


Baking Soda (for odor)
Corn Starch (for dryness)
Virgin Coconut Oil (antibacterial)

1. Mix the BS and CS in equal porportions (1/4 cup of each is more than enough and will last a LONG time).
2. Then mix in enough coconut oil until you get the pasty consistency you are looking for.  This mixture can also be put into an empty deodorant container and "twisted up" just like the real thing. 
3. IMPORTANT NOTE: coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees, so should be kept in the fridge in warmer seasons and climates.

If you don't have coconut oil or for some reason don't wish to use it, you can use the baking soda and cornstarch alone (or even JUST baking soda) and get fantastic results.
My husband is a carpenter and works very hard and sweats hard.  After using baking soda alone, he reported NO ODOR after a long, hard day of work!  So, it definately works.

Ideas for storage

Old powder puff containers makes a convenient place to store baking soda and cornstarch. To apply, simply puff some on. Or you can store in a shaker or pretty jar on your bathroom counter.  To apply, just grab a pinch and smooth some on while leaning over the sink. Bonus: baking soda is a wonderful cleanser, so you can clean your sink with it, too.

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