TRUTH: I created this deodorant because my “natural” deodorant did not pass the hot yoga test. To my embarrassment, it totally failed. I’m happy to report that what I’m about to share is the real deal, and has passed the hot yoga test with flying colors.
Let’s talk personal hygiene, y’all.
I’m just warning you that this topic may get a little graphic. I’m super into talking about the natural functions of our human bodies and if you’re reading this, you probably are too.
Ditch your antiperspirant, right now. Sweating is a completely natural thing and is 100% necessary and essential for your body to get rid of toxins. Replace it with your own natural deodorant!
The age-old debate.
Holistic medicine and western medicine have been battling this issue for years: is antiperspirant harmful to humans? And: is aluminum toxic when ingested and/or applied to the human body?
Whatever the correct answer may be (and there may be a million of them), let’s keep an open mind and look at what makes pure and simple sense.
The first thing to keep in mind is this – the epidermis is the largest organ in our bodies and acts like a sponge. Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream (seriously). So if we wouldn’t eat something, we probably shouldn’t put it on our skin. Chances are you probably wouldn’t eat a stick of antiperspirant.
Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirant that “plugs” your pores to keep sweat from emerging. Contrary to western medicine and WebMD, aluminum has been linked to Alzheimers Disease, breast cancer, bone disorders, and kidney issues. In fact, several active ingredients in regular antiperspirant have been found in the breast tissue of women with breast cancer. For me, that is evidence enough to stop me from plugging up my pores with hard metal.
Although it is a mainstream concept that this is okay for our body, something seems strange and unhealthy about preventing our body from performing it’s natural task: expelling toxins and waste. Plugging your pores up to prevent sweating inhibits your body from getting rid of all the bad things it’s rejecting.
Let’s think of our bodies like they are cars. Fueling the car is essential. It cannot function without some type of fuel. There is an exhaust pipe. The car cannot function without getting rid of waste. If you don’t fuel the car, it won’t work. If you plug up the exhaust pipe with a potato or any other object, say goodbye to the car!
If we’re fueling our bodies with food, we also must poop and pee to keep our bodies running smoothly. You would never take a pill or use a butt plug to stop yourself from pooping or peeing, would you? That would be insane! Same thing goes for sweating. If we keep the toxins in our body, the toxins will go somewhere else in our body and will manifest in many different (probably not so good) ways.
The natural solution.
What we can do to keep ourselves from offending others with our personal “brand” is to keep the bacteria causing the sweat to smell at bay.
Baking soda, tea tree oil, and coconut oil are all ingredients that prevent bacterial growth, naturally. Yay! The remainder of ingredients has a purpose as well: to condition the skin and make it smell lovely.
Making your own deodorant yourself will save you a bunch of money – paying $10 per stick can really add up over time! It’s also awesome to know exactly what we’re are putting on our bodies.
-Although I thought about it on several occasions, it’s not the best idea to share this recipe with someone right after yoga, as it may suggest that the person stinks (because they probably do). Timing is everything, so make sure to ease it in.
-This deodorant will turn your clothes white, so unless you’re going to an all white party, apply it after you are already dressed.
-Because the primary ingredient is coconut oil, the deodorant melts once it comes in contact with your body heat. Give it a few minutes to absorb and dry.
– If you live in a climate of 75º+, I would highly recommend keeping your deodorant stick in the refrigerator to prevent it from melting. This may be questionable to some folks, however, my bathroom is located inside my kitchen so…yeah. It works for me.
-Lastly, when we share this recipe, we are not deodorant shaming. We are simple sharing it because we love whoever we are sharing it with and want them to live long, healthy, and nifty lives! We also want them to smell good.
Are you excited to try this recipe out?! I thought so!
All-Natural / Aluminum-Free / Deodorant THAT ACTUALLY WORKS
*Makes enough for two regular-sized sticks
**Before preparing, empty and clean a couple deodorant/antiperspirant containers. If you don’t have any, you may keep this mixture in a glass jar to apply with your hands. I make one deodorant stick and three travel sized jars.
-3 tablespoons refined coconut oil (skip the virgin oil)
-1.5 tablespoons jojoba oil
-2 teaspoons almond oil
-1 tablespoon baking soda
-6 tablespoons arrowroot powder/starch
-½ teaspoon tea tree oil
-20-40 drops essential oil of choice (I use rosemary and bergamot)
- Melt coconut oil in small sauce pan over low heat. Once melted, whisk in jojoba oil and almond oil. Take off heat.
- Add baking soda and whisk until clumps are gone. Whisk in arrowroot powder until completely smooth.
- Whisk in the tea tree oil and other essential oils. The mixture will be very runny. Let sit for about 15-20 minutes to cool.
- Whisk again. Let sit for 10 minutes. Whisk again and then pour the mixture in your containers. Put the containers in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to set. You may keep at room temperature after it’s set.
- Apply freely and hit the gym! You just made your own natural deodorant!!
Tell me what you think and how this recipe works for you and if you’re able to sweat with confidence.
Have an excellent workout!