For several years now, I have made my own deodorant. For years before that, Adam would mention to me the dangers of antiperspirants and finally convinced me to use deodorant without them. I hate sweating! But it is a natural part of being human. So it just isn’t natural to block up your pores with aluminum so that you won’t sweat. The best option is to find something that at least keeps you smelling good while you are sweating. (smiles) I have yet to find a “crunchy” brand that works for me. My original batch included peppermint and melaleuca essential oils. But the latest batch of homemade seems to work the best ever at keeping me smelling nice as well as cutting down on breast tenderness. It might sound strange, but I have noticed a marked difference in this area when I’ve gone back to store-bought antiperspirant deodorants over the past several years. Then when I go back to using my homemade, the tenderness almost completely disappears…do you think there is a connection between what we put on our arm pits and breast health?!
The secret ingredient to the latest batch: Thieves essential oil.
I gave a bit of the latest batch to my mother-in-law who has bravely tried it and says it worked for her. Making your own takes a small bit of time and an even smaller bit of money – compared to the expensive organic brands. And the benefits of coconut oil and Thieves Essential Oil being rubbed over your lymph system daily are significant. I now have a daughter that needs to use deodorant and cannot imagine putting aluminum into her body at such a young age – or ever. She thinks the homemade stuff is awesome, probably because she wants to do exactly what I do. Precious and a big responsibility! And soon, she’ll be able to make it for us. Yay! I encourage you to try it! And be sure to let me know what you think.
My original recipe was from Passionate Homemaking’s site. Thankfully Lindsay has kept her site up, even though she no longer blogs, because I go to her site each time I need to make more. I should write the recipe down or add to my cookbook. But here is my latest concoction:
1 cup coconut oil, room temperature or slightly warmed, if it is really hard (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
slightly under 1/2 cup baking soda
slightly over 1/2 cup arrowroot starch**
15 drops Thieves Essential Oil from Young Living (we ingest this oil, rub it on our feet, necks, wrists, diffuse it…definitely one of the most versatile oils we use! And the benefits are listed below.)
Mix all together well with a fork until a creamy consistency. It honestly looks and smells like you could eat it! I store in a plastic or glass container. It is the perfect consistency in the winter and slightly runny in the summer, so it is good to make it in smaller batches for summer. Just rub a small dollop under each arm and you are good to go.
**The total powder in the recipe should equal 1 cup. I find that using more arrowroot starch than baking soda makes for a less harsh deodorant.
****AUGUST 21, 2014 UPDATE****
I made a new batch and decided to mix it up a bit this time. After some more research, I decided to split the oil amount evenly between coconut oil and shea butter. I also added some sea salt. It is working GREAT! Even in the middle of the hot season, one application each day has done it.
I plan to play around with bentonite clay next time…
In closing, I thought I would share the benefits of Thieves Essential Oil, mentioned above (taken from The Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, as I mentioned in my last post on essential oils, this has proven to be an invaluable book!):
“The highly antiviral and antiseptic properties of the single oils contained in this blend help protect the body from the onset of flu, candida, colds, etc. It may also help with sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, coughs, strep, sore throats, periodontal (gum) disease, teething, cold sores, canker sores, bruises, cuts, infections, slivers, and splinters (pulls to surface). It is considered antiplague, as it was used by thieves in England to protect them from the plague when stealing from the sick and dying.”
I also find the following information (from the same book) fascinating and remember it each time I add Thieves to our diffuser. This is what I call “gettin’ it done” and without harmful chemicals!
“Studies conducted by Weber State University (Ogden, UT) in 1997 showed the antibacterial effectiveness of this blend (Thieves) against airborne microorganisms. One study showed a 90% reduction in the number of Gram-positive micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing Thieves for 12 minutes. After diffusing Thieves for a total of 20 minutes, there was a 99.3% reduction. Another study with the Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.6% after just 12 minutes of diffusion.”