I run out of my old roll-on deodorant and finally I got around to making my own! It’s been a while since I wanted to try a homemade deodorant and it’s so incredibly easy to make. I have done lots of research and this recipe have so many amazing reviews and comments. Its made with virgin coconut oil, potato starch, baking soda and lemongrass essential oil (antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, insect repellent, sedative, tonic, vasodilator (dilates blood vessels), improves circulation, promotes lymph flow, regenerator and revitalizer.). Yes, that’s all you need! It’s incredible that you can make something as essential in your life as deodorant from a few simple ingredients!
Perhaps the most important reason to make your own deodorant are the dangerous chemicals found in commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. They are pretty intense, and are not to be overlooked.Though the industry would like you to believe otherwise, numerous studies have linked cancer, autism and other ailments to chemicals found in antiperspirants and deodorants. Visit Natural Cosmetic News for details of the toxins found in antiperspirants and deodorants.
Aluminium is the primary ingredient used in most antiperspirants. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies have shown a link between increasing antiperspirant use and rising rates of female breast cancer and prostate cancer in men.
Parabens are a family of synthetic preservatives that are often found in deodorants as well. In fact, parabens are contained in an alarming amount of our body care products. A random sampling of 100 human urine specimens performed by the CDC showed that all 100 contained parabens. This demonstrates the high absorption rate of chemicals we place on our skin. The largest concern is that the absorption of these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and deodorants. This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due to its slick consistency. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin. The argument that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. This chemical is even found in many of the processed foods we eat today. Logical thought follows that decreasing our exposure to propylene glycol is the prudent thing to do. It is for this reason that using skin care products that are propylene glycol free is becoming popular in health conscious circles.
Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid. Phthalates are used in cosmetics, synthetic fragrances, plastics, body care products and medical goods. They help to dissolve other ingredients and to create a better consistency. The problem with phthalates is that they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
Triclosan is another common ingredient included in commercial deodorants. It is utilized as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties. It is also commonly used in antibacterial soaps, hand wipes and gels. Triclosan is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA. It is also classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. This classification has prompted some companies to remove it from their products. However, it still can be found as an ingredient in some formulas.
Homemade Coconut & Lemongrass Deodorant
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup potato starch
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 5 drops essential oil (optional)
In a bowl, mix everything well until you get a smooth paste and add the essential oil, if using. I used 5 drops of Lemongrass essential oil and it smells gorgeous! Store it in a glass jar. Coconut oil tends to melt in higher and solidify in lower temperatures, so a glass container is the best if the deodorant is not stored in the fridge. If you use fractionated coconut oil, I guess you can store the mixture in a special deodorant container. I store it in my bathroom cabinet with my other hand-made goodies. One thing about quitting chemical laden products is that your body is addicted with these ingredients and at the beginning there could be so-called detox period. It is really individual, but it can last for few days to few weeks. So don’t quit and keep going, your body will get used to function normally without chemicals 😉