Homemade All Natural Deodorant

I began making my own deodorant about 3 years ago. I had been using what I thought was an all natural one for years, only to find out it had Propylene Glycol: a substance used in antifreeze solutions. It’s found in many lotions, toothpastes, and other personal care products. This is what makes a product smooth, and glide on easily, but do you really want to coat your skin in antifreeze? I know another, all natural substance that will do the same thing: Coconut Oil! Yes, this wonder oil has so many great uses it makes me giddy!  But let’s look at a few other reasons why you may want to try this recipe.

Aluminum and Parabens and the big ones, especially for women. Recent studies show a link between aluminum and parabens to breast cancer. Think about it Ladies: you shave your underarms in the shower, then step out and rub toxic chemicals directly into those open pores and lymph nodes. They are absorbed instantly into the skin (your bodies largest organ by the way) and are deposited in your breast tissue.

Parabens are found in almost every beauty care product on the shelf. These nasty chemicals have estrogen like properties and we know there is a link between excessive estrogen and breast cancer. A recent study revealed that 99% of breast cancer tissue that was examined had high levels of parabens. You need to be a vigilant consumer and read your labels. This stuff is everywhere. Look for Methyl paraben, Propyl, Ethyl, and Butyl and Isobutyl parabens.

Aluminum has been linked to alzheimer’s, dementia, and now breast cancer. It prevents your body from sweating, making antiperspirants very appealing, but folks…we need to sweat. That is your body’s most brilliant form of detoxifying. Don’t prevent it! Another study found that women with breast cancer had higher than normal levels of aluminum in their nipple aspirate fluid (NAF), a fluid present in the breast duct tree

There are a slew of deodorant recipes online, but I tweaked this one and I think it’s perfect. Some have too much baking soda, which irritates my skin. Does it work you ask? Well when my 14 year old- football playing son declared recently that he hadn’t showered in 2 days and still didn’t stink, I think that’s a walking endorsement!

• 3 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
• 1Tbsp Baking soda
• 2 Tbsp Coconut oil
• 1 Tbsp Shea Butter
• 3 drops Vitamin E oil
• 2 drops Tea Tree oil
• 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I switch between lemon and lavender)

In a medium size bowl over boiling water, melt the coconut oil and shea butter, stirring constantly. Add the powders and stir well. Add the remaining ingredients.

Place in a glass jar or an old deodorant container and place in fridge. Chill for a few hours and your all set! You only need to use a little, so don’t glob it on. Too much may stain your shirts, but I haven’t encountered that.

I order my essential oils and shea butter from Camden Grey at www.camdengrey.com

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