If you told me 5 years ago, I’d be making my own deodorant, I’d tell you that you were most definitely crazy. See, not since the Tom’s of Maine incident of 2006 have I ventured out of my chemical-laden comfort zone. I tried to go natural for a moment, before my bestie Lindsay in her infinite wisdom told me I smelled like her dad after he mowed the lawn. Ok, not cute. Not the look I was going for.
I thought for sure I’d never find anything that worked as well as my trusty “powder fresh” stick. And I sure wasn’t going back to smelling like a middle aged man who recently sweat profusely in the hot sun.
All that changed when I met my super fabulous friend Ryanna . She owns an amazing organization that helps so many, including me get the support, information and tips they need to live a healthier,real food, chemical-free life. She told me she made her own deodorant. Ok, I thought. Interesting…but I’m never going to be that–crunchy.
Oh, how times have changed. Ry pressed me to do some real research into why deodorant/antiperspirant is dangerous. Surely she was wrong. Hadn’t she seen the commercials with those beautiful, active, non-smelly women shopping and playing tennis? Nothing dangerous about that!
BTWs- If you really want to see some conspiracy theory stuff on the deodorant industry, check out this fascinating article. But I digress.
What I found changed my thinking forever. Smelling like onions wasn’t nearly as horrible a fate as using this toxic stuff! Oh advertising and mainstream media, how you fooled me! There is a proven connection between deodorant/antiperspirant and breast cancer. Crap. Ok, reading on I found out that; conventional versions of deodorant contain toxins such as aluminum. Aluminum, is carcinogenic. It has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. They also contain several endocrine disruptors, parabens and chemical perfumes all of which are just terrible for your health. Studies show that breast cancer cells are often found to have traces of aluminum. Scary stuff.
After educating myself on the risks of continuing to use deodorant, I gave in and tried Ry’s recipe. I swear, this stuff is so powerful you can skip a day. And it’s as non-toxic as you can get. You could eat it. (Don’t eat it) but you could eat it. How cool is that? Considering that everything that goes on your skin gets absorbed into your body, you want something that would be safe to eat. I go by the rule that if I have to call poison control if I eat it, I don’t use it.
Without further introduction, here’s the fool-proof deodorant recipe (which is all over the web in different variations so I can’t really take credit). Enjoy!
1/4 cup (non GMO) cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum free)
5 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed expelled coconut oil
10-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I am partial to lemon or tea tree because they have extra bacterial fighting powers!)
Put cornstarch and baking soda in a bowl, add coconut oil (don’t melt it, just mix it with your hands so it all combines) until it is mixed. This can get a bit messy but totally worth it. Take mixture and put it aside. My husband puts his in a jar and applies right after the shower. I’m a lady (!) so I use an old deodorant stick. It’s so simple; clean out an old stick and screw the base all the way to the bottom. Scoop out the mixture into the stick. Use as you would a regular deodorant stick. You *may* need to keep this in the fridge if you keep your house above 72 degrees. If not, it’s totally fine left in your medicine cabinet.
You’re officially on your way to crunchiness