Now everyone, (well hopefully everyone…) knows, if you don’t want to smell like stank sweaty pits and be shunned by society you have to use deodorant of some sorts in its many forms. Whether you use roll on or sticks, the process is always the same.
Step 1. Grab your favorite brand of deodorant (hopefully not one where hot chicks miraculously appear -_-) Step 2. take off cap. Step 3. lift arm, apply as needed to pits and *wallah* you’re a civilized human being again smellin’ like a forest full of freshness about to go on with your day but, not before you recap that bad boy.
That’s normally where all the thinking ends when it comes to deodorant. People generally know that they need to use it if they don’t want to smell like b.o. But what people don’t really think about is, what exactly are they rubbing on their armpits? Truth is most have no idea. Mass produced deodorants that are sold to the general public are full of harmful chemicals that the FDA is not really doing anything about since they are technically “still studying the effects on the human body”. Now why would they do that you ask? One word. Profit. These additives and chemicals are really cheap, they add bulk and make production easier for companies. It sucks to say but most major deodorant producers are not really interested in the health of their customers. It’s really scary just how harmful these things can be, an article on NaturalNews.com goes into detail below:
“The primary ingredient used in most antiperspirants is aluminum. 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. However, the FDA has not committed to classifying it as a carcinogen. Their position remains one of “wait and see” as more definitive studies are released. “ ( click here for rest of article )
I highly suggest taking a look at the rest of that article so you can see for yourself. o_o
So because I care about you guy’s armpits and health just as much as I do about my own, I decided to do this post, a little research and find a really simple, super effective recipe to make available for any who are interested! 🙂 ❤
Something to stir with.
Empty Deodorant Container.
( mine was full, I just threw away the chemical trash part.)
Paper towels. This can get messy.
I had been really interested in making all natural deodorant for a while but like most people I was super skeptical of it working and imagined the worst possible situation, where I end up being stank at school @_@ So I put it off for a while but after a couple of months using the regular stuff and noticing I had to apply it like twice a day knowing all the things I knew about it, I was like oh hell no. Now I’m not a particularly “excessive or stinky sweater” but like normal people, I do sweat and b.o. Is not cute. I finally broke one day after having to buy some new coconut oil and made some. I was kinda scared because I didn’t have beeswax, which is essential if you want to store your deodorant anywhere without it melting but I said “thug life” and got to mixin’. It wasn’t even hard like, not even a little.
After I got all my things together, I added the dry ingredients to the bowl. I needed to get my east african shea butter down to a liquid consistency so I heated it up…
After I got it all nice and meltaay, into the bowl it went.
My coconut oil was already melted so I didn’t have to heat it up #nofun 😦 lol
I chose Tea Rose essential oil for the fragrance.
Now my pits literally smell like roses haha.
I then added a teaspoon of silk amino acids just for good measure and mixed it all with a random kabob skewer I had in the kitchen. (Watch out, high-tech stuff right here.)
Next I grabbed my container and funnel and began to fill it up. This recipe made exactly enough to fill the container all the way. Now not photo’d, I put the cap back on the deodorant, turned it upside down and put it in the fridge to harden. This is important if you want to have a smooth top surface for rubbinz’ and if you want the turny thingy to work at the bottom.
After like an hour in the fridge and a little time spent prying off the top, I ended up with this,
It came out perfect! The smell is amazing and I’ve realized after a couple weeks using it that my sweat is nearly non-exisitant and when I put it on in the morning it lasts alllllll day. . . and the next. lol. And b.o. smell? How about no. I know its gross but in the beginning I was expecting it not to work, so all day I’m like viciously rubbing fingers in my pits betting that it will smell but to my surprise, NOTHING. The baking soda coconut oil combo DESTROYS any smells my armpits try to make and replaces it with the awesome scent of light coconutty rose. Ahhh 🙂 My pits are smooth & happy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since this recipe does not have beeswax it melts very easily in warm temperatures. To avoid this, store in the fridge, add the needed beeswax, or learn to love deodorant paste you have to apply by hand. Also if you do forget, like me, leave it out and find yourself with a melted mess, just put the cap back on turn it upside down again so it all falls in the cap and place it back in the fridge. *Wallah* Like brand new.
But if you’re reeaallly forgetful, I suggest just adding the beeswax so it can be stored at room temperature.
But there you have it! It is a really simple process and I think everyone should at least try it to see how it goes. Who knows you might like it.
I feel much better knowing exactly what is being put into my deodorant and ending up in my body.
and if you weren’t convinced enough! Here’s a few more reasons why you should try,
Benefits to making your own deodorant at home:
It’s cheaper than regular deodorant. It doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like aluminum ( linked to increased risk to Alzheimer’s disease.) Parabens ( disrupts hormonal balance, birth defects, & organ toxicity.) Propylene glycol (damage the central nervous system, liver and heart.) Phthalates ( hormone disruption and high birth defect rate.) or Triclosan (an FDA classified “pestiside” all found to be extremely harmful to human health.) You can make it smell like anything you want! Pretty much infinite supply! You don’t have to search online for some all natural company to buy from, and of course no shipping rates. Who doesn’t love that?
So do it for your pits y’all, they’ve been by your side all your life.
It’s the least you can do. 🙂
Thanks for reading.