First of all, antiperspirants and deodorants, while often used interchangeably, are not the same thing. Deodorants neutralize our natural odors, whereas antiperspirants close off the pores with astringent, preventing them from excreting sweat.
There doesn’t seem to be any conclusive proof as to the impact, if any, that deodorant is having on our health. That being said, why use deodorants that contain aluminum and paraben, which may potentially be harmful, when you can use natural deodorants? There are many out there on the market, however you need to be wary of some supposed “all natural” deodorants which still contain an aluminum compound, just one that is different from the aluminum that is in “traditional” deodorants.
You can also make your own deodorant if you choose, that way you know exactly what’s going into the final product, removing potentially hazardous chemicals and saving yourself some money in the process.
There are many methods for making your own deodorant. This recipe is a fairly popular one that uses only three ingredients:
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup Baking soda
- Essential Oil (Optional)
- Add 1/4 cup arrowroot powder to a large mixing bow
- Next add 1/4 cup coconut oil – it doesn’t matter if it’s in liquid or solid state at this point
- Finally, add in 1/4 cup baking soda
- Start mixing all the ingredients together until they are combined completely. The final product should be thick and smooth, not dry and crumbly
- Add the essential oil to give your deodorant the scent of your choice
- Put into an air-tight container
That’s it! Now you have your own deodorant. To apply, just take some out with your finger and use it like a lotion, rubbing it under your armpits. Remember, this is a recipe for a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, which means you’ll still possibly sweat, but at least you’ll smell fresh while doing so!
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