Ever had a blocked sweat gland or duct? Ever get some small lumps in your armpit? Many of these problems are combinations of antiperspirant and shaving. Nobody wants to smell bad. Buying commercial deodorant has probably never given you a second thought. BUT it should.
Is commercial deodorant and antiperspirant healthy?
Commercially-made deodorants are usually combinations of antiperspirant and deodorant. The antiperspirant keeps you from sweating (i.e. stops the sweat). The deodorant controls the odor associated with sweating. However, sweating is a really important process your body needs.
Benefits of Sweat & Perspiration
Sweating is a way for your body to cool down. That is the main purpose. However, we also perspire when we are nervous or have fevers or other conditions. Your body also releases necessary toxins through your sweat. It’s a way to cleanse your body, as well as cool it and maintain your perfect body function.
Blocking sweat glands and preventing perspiration is great to keep your clothes dry and clean. However, it’s not beneficial for your body. It’s much better to let the sweat out and filter those toxins and allow your body to do its job.
What is in commercially made deodorant & antiperspirant?
Aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, phthlatates, and more are found in many commercial brands. These chemicals have been linked to different health issues, with questions about some of them being carcinogens (i.e. cancer-causing). Although we love how they work, they are also changing our body chemistry.
Do you feel like you sweat a lot and just need more and more?
I know how you feel. I actually had this problem when I used commercial brand products. Once I started making my own deodorant this issue stopped. I was no longer a sweat-a-holic. For some reason the use of commercial brands actually caused me to sweat more and feel nervous. I had no idea this was being caused by the deodorant until I stopped using them. Of course, this is just my story to you. There is no evidence or studies to support what I am sharing about increased sweating and nervousness using commercial brands.
So if you aren’t sure about your deodorant or antiperspirant now after reading, what can you do?
Make it yourself. It’s cheap and SUPER easy. It takes less time than driving in your car to the store to purchase your store brand.
You only need a few ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Coconut oil
- Arrowroot powder
- Optional: your favorite essential oil for added smell. A nice one is lavender – which is also soothing to skin.
What do these ingredients do?
Baking soda helps control the smell. Just the right amount keeps you smelling fresh. Too much baking soda can cause irritation on your skin and armpits (especially those who shave their armpits). The coconut oil provides the delivery of the other ingredients in a smooth consistency and helps control irritation of the skin. The arrowroot powder helps with consistency, sweat dryness and also smell control.
Each batch of deodorant fills 75% of a small mason jar and costs less than $1. One batch lasts me about two months. However, I work out and sometimes that means a second shower depending on when I fit my workout in my day. Potentially, yours could last longer.
Tips: If you experience irritation in your armpits and you shave them, try shaving them every other day. It helps cut irritation. If you just can’t handle every other day, then shave at the opposite time of the day that you need to apply the deodorant (i.e. before bed).
- 2 TB Baking Soda
- ¼ c arrowroot powder
- ¼ c coconut oil
- 5 drops of essential oil - lavender (optional)
- Small mason jar - 8 oz.
- Clean spoon
- Mix the baking soda, the arrowroot powder, and the coconut oil in a small dish until creamy and smooth.
- Scoop the mixture into a clean small mason jar and seal shut.
- Scoop out a dime to quarter size scoop of deodorant with a clean spoon and apply to one armpit.
- Repeat to second armpit.
All you need for utensils is a mason jar, and a clean spoon or scoop. What I do is use the clean scoop to scoop a dime to quarter sized amount of deodorant to my finger and spread it in the pit. I do this for each arm. That way you aren’t sticking your fingers into the jar.
I store my deodorant in my cabinet under the sink with my other beauty products. Do note: if you live in a very warm climate (interior temperatures above 80 degrees) you may need to refrigerate your deodorant. If you don’t use air conditioning in the summer months and your house is frequently above 80 degrees you will need to refrigerate your product. The coconut oil changes to liquid at this temperature if exposed for more than a few hours.
Of course in the Northeast you only experience those kind of temperatures for about 8-12 weeks a year so it’s rarely an issue. If you use air conditioning you won’t have an issue.
Not into DIY deodorant but want something healthier?
Good news – our friends at Radiantly You make a healthy deodorant. Check it out. **We are not affiliated with Radiantly You and do not receive compensation from their promotion. However, Jennifer is a contributor to our blog on occasion and she may receive compensation for selling their products.
What do you use for natural deodorant?