Embracing natural beauty can be a little difficult for so many people. We’re used to thinking that if it does not contain chemicals, it simply does not work. Few of us are willing to compromise on the sensitive topic of body odor.
Lack of knowledge and a fear of sweaty armpits, may make you shy away from natural deodorants. But you shouldn’t disregard the concerns surrounding some of the ingredients in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. Every day we slather these products under our arms, an area where many lymph nodes lie close to the surface of the skin. And even though these products effectively block sweat, many of the popular drugstore brands are loaded with questionable ingredients that are worth examining, if not also replacing with safe alternatives.
Natural deodorants won’t stop you from sweating. Only an aluminum antiperspirant does this by blocking your sweat glands. A safer alternative is to use a natural deodorant. But beware of conventional deodorants. Many still contain chemicals, such as propylene glycol, antibacterial triclosan, artificial fragrances and other unwanted ingredients.
A natural deodorant isn’t meant to stop you from sweating, it’s meant to stop you from stinking. Sweat is virtually odorless, but it can smell once the bacteria that live on your skin begin the eat it. As bacteria multiply because of its new food source, it will produce byproducts which don’t smell very good.
Enter: The all natural deodorant:
• 6 tablespoons coconut oil
• 4 tablespoons shea butter
• 2 tablespoons beeswax
• 2 tablespoons almond oil
• 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
• 3 tablespoons Diatomaceous Earth (optional)
• 5 drops Vitamin E oil
• 50 drops essential oils, such as tea tree, thyme, lavender or rosemary, your choice.
1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a small pot over low heat until just melted, stirring constantly.
2. Add almond oil and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add arrowroot and diatomaceous earth, if using. Mix well. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils and stir to combine.
3. Immediately pour into a glass jar or a deodorant tube (found in many health-food and craft stores) and let sit undisturbed until it hardens, about four hours. This deodorant does not need refrigeration.