Sunday, March 13, 2011
homemade deodorant or the anti-stink stick
The reason I started using natural brands in the first place was because I was/am paranoid after reading all sorts of articles about how there is a possible link between breast cancer and aluminum in antiperspirants. I can't sit here and say "if you use antiperspirants, you'll get cancer." It's not my place, and it hasn't been proven. But I can say that I am more comfortable avoiding the aluminum all together to just avoid that possible risk. I am also a firm believer in letting ones body do what its was designed to do. When its hot, we sweat so that we can cool down our bodies. If I put something that keeps me from sweating, its preventing my body from cooling itself when it need to.
Anyway, since I haven't found an aluminum free brand that doesn't make me stink or cause itchy pits I thought I'd try making my own. I didn't have much to lose since I already had most ingredients on hand from making my lotion and lip balm.
Here is the original recipe
I had to deviate from the original recipe I found online because I didn't have shea butter. I replaced the shea with half the amount of sweet almond oil since it is a liquid.
Here is mine:
1 1/2 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons cocoa butter
Essential Oil (I used 20 drops of lavender)
I melted the oil and cocoa butter in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave ( 30 sec at time until totally melted) then I mixed in the dry ingredients and essential oil. Eessential oil should go in last so the heat will not cause the scent to vaporize. Then I poured the mixture into an empty deodorant tube that I had saved and cleaned. If you want to try making this, any empty plastic jar or small metal tin will do. You could even use a small jelly jar like the lady used in the original recipe link above.
I sat the container in the fridge overnight to cool and set. It looked like it would be too runny and I was afraid that it wouldn't have the right consistency but it hardened and I was able to use it the next morning. You use it just like you would a regular stick of deodorant. Rub it on your pits.
It works pretty well! Not GREAT, but well. It absolutely does not keep you from sweating but it does a fantastic job keeping you from stinking. It does have a bit of a gritty texture and I didn't really like the lavender smell mixed with the cocoa butter smell. I think next time I make this I will fragrance it with a different oil or not at all. The very best part is that I don't have the itchy pit syndrome anymore.
The second very best part is that it cost me less than 1 dollar in supplies and will probably last me about four months.