I updated my deodorant recipe I wrote a year ago, so I will give that to you first and then it will be STORY time.
Homemade CRUELTY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, TOXIN FREE Deodorant
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 3 tablespoons RAW UNREFINED shea butter
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (OPTIONAL – some people are allergic to it)
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 8 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil
- 7 drops of “On Guard” Essential Oil
- 6 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil
In this recipe, I used dōTERRA Essential Oils: “On Guard” is dōTERRA’s proprietary “protective” blend. Whatever essential oils you use, please make sure they are certified, pure, therapeutic grade so they are safe to use on your on your skin.
- A double Boiler
- A Rubber Spatula
- A Whisk
- 2 Empty Deodorant Tubes
- Melt first three ingredients in the double boiler stirring constantly.
- When it is melted, take it off the heat and mix in the baking soda and arrowroot powder.
- Add your essential and (optional) Tea Tree oil stirring vigorously and quickly. The mix will start to thicken rapidly.
- Carefully pour the mixture into the deodorant tubes.
- Let the deodorant set up for 2-4 hours (until hardened).
- Put the caps on and use as you normally would any deodorant.
This literally only takes minutes, and although the upfront cost seems expensive ($60 at most), and considering that the recipe above is just for two tubes and uses only a FRACTION of the supplies, when all is said and done, you are talking about less than a dollar a tube – and it’s all natural, organic, Paraben free, gluten free, cruelty free, and TOXIN FREE.
Now consider this: a tube of the leading natural deodorants that can say they do all of that are anywhere between $7 and $20 and that is JUST ONE TUBE!
“I was Addicted to Antiperspirants”
From my first blog post about homemade deodorant, I explained why and how I ditched the store bought, cruelty tested, toxin rich deodorants and went on a quest for natural, toxin free products which ultimately led to me to making my own deodorant:
“As I moved along my journey to better health and wellbeing, I began to question my need to NOT SWEAT, since sweating is the cooling mechanism our body does naturally and is a way to eliminate toxins (Mercola). I began to ditch the products that could potentially have a negative effect on my body. I went on a quest for a natural – toxin free deodorant. I probably tried 20 brands that left me feeling sweaty, stinky and gross. Each time I tried one and it didn’t work, I went screaming back to my antiperspirant like a junkie”.
Since I have developed my own toxin free body products, I have never looked back and have searched for ways to improve the recipes I created. One way to do that was to upgrade the essential oils I was using. I was used to using over-the-counter brands that seemed to have a good smell but went RANCID within months. Let me tell you, if an essential oil goes RANCID, it’s not a good oil, and it is definitely not pure. Not only that, it’s not DOING anything for you. An essential oil should work with your body to improve your health and wellbeing. And YES – even in a deodorant, this can happen.
I made a new batch of deodorant with my new oils. The cool thing is that with these oils, instead of using thirty drops, because of their purity and POTENCY, I can use five drops, or, instead of ten drops, I can use one or two. I mixed up this batch exactly as written in this recipe and let it cool and set over night.
We went on a long bike ride with long and steep KILLER hills.
The next day, my husband and I went on a long bike ride with long and steep KILLER hills. I used my deodorant before hand (as I do most mornings) and as we were going up the first hill, I noticed that my lungs weren’t BURNING, and that actually, there was a cooling sensation through my core and definitely in my lungs. IT WAS WEIRD. But I got to the top of this hill and dang it if my lungs DID NOT hurt as they usually did. I felt invigorated and empowered.
How can a deodorant do that? Well, here is some of the “sciency” stuff: all of the oils above contain chemical constituents that are either sesquiterpenes or monoterpenes or both, which means their molecules are small enough to be absorbed quickly by the skin, get directly into the blood stream and effect us on a cellular level. Monoterpenes are small enough to penetrate the cell membrane and impact directly what’s going on in the cell . Sesquiterpenes are larger than monoterpenes, and are able to adhere to the proteins on the cell and activate its receptors; they effect proteins and impact the health and wellbeing of the whole body.
What that meant for me and my bike ride was that the essential oils that are in my homemade deodorant penetrated my skin through my sweat glands and the pores under my arms and were transported into the blood stream where it immediately went to work.
- The cooling sensation was from the peppermint- which is known for promoting feelings of clear breathing.
- The boost of energy was from both the peppermint and the Wild Orange – which are both known for “pick me ups” and for feelings of invigoration.
- “On Guard” has a number of benefits including healthy respiratory function.
- Tea Tree is known as an internal and external purifier and rejuvenates the skin. I may have felt lighter and stronger because of this (?).
Thankfully this has not been an anomaly. I have since taken several walks and experienced the same thing. IT’S STILL WEIRD – but it’s kinda COOL too! Along with that, I will sometimes have a pleasant orange taste in the back of my throat and a general cooling in my core most of the time.
What a great way to get my daily dose of essential oils. Not only do I smell good, but the oils in my deodorant are working FOR me – not against me. With their beneficial chemical properties I am easily promoting my health and well being with just a couple of swipes under my arms.
***A note about wild orange essential oil. Putting this oil on your skin promotes photosensitivity when exposed to sunlight. But, as I am not headed to the beach and laying with my arms up to the sky, I am not really worried about sunburned armpits, but you may be, so if you are doing activities in the sun, make sure to take care and not expose your underarms to direct sunlight***
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