When you think about making the switch to green products, deodorant seems like an easy place to start. It’s fairly inexpensive, doesn’t require a tutorial for you to use it and, if you have a weird reaction, well, at least you can hide your armpits from public view. Sure enough eating a good diet and drinking enough water can really cut down the odor, but sometimes you need something else. Sure, the conventional deodorant antiperspirants work great, but if you’re worried about the cancer related stories about aluminum and other additives and you find yourself considering going for the more natural option for a change then this article it’s for you. The first thing that you’ll need to know it’s the difference between antiperspirants and deodorants, that contrary to popular belief are not the same thing and their functions are different as well. Antiperspirants are designed to keep you from sweating. Its two main ingredients aluminum and zirconium are added to temporarily plug your sweat glands and give us that “dry touch” feel that most of us are used to when searching for a “good” deodorant. Deodorant on the other hand simply masks and neutralizes underarm odor, but it won’t prevent you from sweating. So you may need to reapply natural deodorant after you exercise or you might find yourself sweating throughout the day.
So now here’s the not so great part of this, if you’re used to conventional deodorant or antiperspirant, you need to know that a natural version is not going to produce the same results. Your body will likely take some time to adjust to the new stuff (which means it make need to detox from the old stuff), and the way your sweat smells may also change as it reacts to new ingredients. But humans are allowed to have an odor, everyone does. Being that said… that floral powdery smell you’re used to? The one that masks the smell emanating from your pits… Well that’s gone, replaced by natural, plant-derived scents that don’t smell like they were concocted in a lab. It can take some time getting used to after years of powder-fresh scents. And also you’ll have to reapply once or twice throughout the day depending on how much you sweat personally, but that seems like a small price to pay for optimal pit health.
So what do I need to know about natural deodorants?
They work better over time: Your pits might need time to adjust to the natural stuff, and may even go through a “detox” of sorts to purge themselves of the chemicals in the conventional stuff you’ve been using for years. So stick with the process your body will come around eventually.
Don’t apply after shaving: Recently-shaved skin can be extra sensitive since the pores and follicles are open, and there may be tiny cuts on your skin thanks to your razor. If you just shaved your armpits, you may want to wait an hour or two before applying natural deodorant as some people find baking soda to be an irritant(which is included in most natural deodorants, but you can also find some that have different ingredients like charcoal).
Is store-bought or homemade better?
There’s two things that you need to take into consideration when deciding if you want to buy a natural deodorant or make it at home, one of them(and the most problematic in my opinion) it’s that not all natural deodorants will work for you, there’s a lot varieties and some ingredients may react better with your skin than others.
That’s why I recommend homemade natural deodorants, especially if you’re starting to give them a try. Sure it will take more time than just going to the store, but besides knowing exactly what’s in it you can really take the time to find “Your perfect ingredients” and once you have find them, you can try and find a store brand that has the same ingredients. That way when you’re feeling lazy you can just get it from the store.
How to make natural deodorant at home:
Here are two recipes for natural deodorant, one of them has a little more complex ingredients and the other one are ingredients that you have probably laying around the house already. Some people get a rash from baking soda, so test this on a small area of skin first
Homemade Deodorant with Shea Butter:
- 3 tbsp. of Coconut oil
- 3 tbsp. of Baking soda
- 2 tbsp. of Shea butter
- 2 tbsp. of Arrowroot or organic cornstarch (optional)
- Essential Oils (optional)
First you’ll have to melt shea butter and coconut oil you can combine them in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. Afterwards you can just designate this jar for these types of projects and not even need to wash it out… This can also be done in the microwave if you have one. Then you remove it from the heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit it).
Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge. If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, just know it may melt in the summer!
NOTE: It may take several hours to completely harden and this process can be sped up by putting in the fridge for a few minutes(this part it’s up to you).
Homemade Deodorant with Coconut Oil:
- 6 tbsp. of Coconut oil.
- 1/4 cup (4 tbsp.) of Baking soda.
- 1/4 cup (4 tbsp.) of arrowroot or organic cornstarch.
- Essential oils (optional)
- Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
- Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
- Add oils if desired.
- Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.