October 14, 2015

Make Your Own Deodorant!

So the detox is over! I can proudly say my pits are now free of toxins, or at least as free as they’re going to get. I started the detox two weeks ago after letting my inherent laziness get the best of me and return to conventional deodorant instead of taking two minutes to make my homemade stuff (you can check that post out here: my personal detox challenge). It wasn’t fun. Not even a little. Not wearing deodorant for two weeks and having the only respite be an ACV spray designed to lessen the accumulation of bacteria (aka stink stuff) is humbling.  There is something so annoyingly neurotic about constantly feeling aware of body odor, of constantly questioning, do I smell? And something so intrinsically soul sucking when you answer your question with a yes, yes I do.  Detoxing isn’t easy.  You will smell: it’s your body’s way of dumping all the gunk you’ve been jamming into your pores. Think about all the  years of applying and reapplying conventional deodorant! Detoxing is a way to hopefully draw some of those toxic ingredients back out.

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Once you’ve gone through the detox, you are ready to start wearing natural deodorant.  You can absolutely buy it and there are some good ones on the market. But why buy it if you can make it? Making your own deodorant is really easy.  Most of the items are probably already in your pantry, and those that aren’t can be bought reasonably inexpensively and can be used in many other iterations (think body butters, balms, and lotions!). One thing to keep in mind when using natural deodorant, whether it’s store-bought or homemade: it will never have that 30-day protection from odor and wetness or whatever insane promise a deodorant brand claims. Natural deodorants will keep you fresh, and reasonably dry for the day. Remember: your body is meant to sweat!  Having to reapply a natural deodorant once or twice a day on those really hectic days is such a small price to pay for consciously ceasing to put triclosan, aluminum, paragons, and pthalates, on your skin daily.



But enough on that! Now to the good stuff: my deodorant recipe.  I have been using this for over a year now and have been really happy with the results.  Even in the heat of the summer, I haven’t had much melting of the deodorant.  Maybe a little softer than usual, but no liquid.  I’ve included an addition of cocoa butter which I find helps with the solidity.  If you have it, use it, you won’t regret it.  Besides helping with the deodorant’s ability to stay solid, it also gives the deodorant a nice, slick application.  And before you ask: yes, there’s baking soda in my deodorant.  Yes, I know some people find it irritating. And yes, I also know some people feel it screws up their ph balance. I personally have been fine with it, and I’ve kept it to a minimum in the recipe. But I’m sure you could substitute more arrowroot for it with similar results. Or better yet, do an ACV spray a few times a week, the same as you would an ACV hair rinse. It’s really up to you. The essential oil combination is entirely optional, and I do change them depending on the season and depending on the scent of my current solid perfume.  The lavender-patchouli combo is wintery and kind of masculine, but with a floral edge.  I like it.

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Clean Deodorant

empty deodorant container

15g coconut oil

8g shea butter

9g cocoa butter

5g olive oil

1g beeswax

8g arrowroot

9g baking soda

8g kaolin clay

5 drops lavender (optional)

3 drops patchouli (optional)

Measure ingredients and put in a glass measuring cup or jar. I like using a glass measuring cup because the lip makes it easy to pour into the container. Create your own double boiler by placing the measuring cup in a shallow pan of boiling water.  Bring water to simmer, and allow oils to melt.  Stir often until all solids are liquid.  This should take anywhere from 4-6 minutes.  Take the measuring cup out of water and allow to sit for a minute or so.  Add essential oils, if using, and stir well.  Pour into empty deodorant container, making sure to scoop in any undissolved powder components.  Let sit, undisturbed for 24 hours, so oils can solidify, or pop in the fridge to speed up the process.

Makes 1 deodorant

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