Easy & Effective Deodorant Recipe
Switching to a more natural deodorant was one of my first switches to a more sustainable and natural lifestyle. I read a lot about the issue and realised these deodorants are often bad for our health and for the environment.
WHY SWITCH TO NATURAL DEODORANT?
In recent years, the dangers of deodorants have in fact multiplied. The main bad components are aluminium salts or aluminium hydrochlorides, these are industrially produced from aluminium. They are very effective in capturing water and tightening the pores of the skin, but some studies believe they encourage the development of breast cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, causing anaemia and bone damage.
Conventional deodorants without aluminium salts exist. But they rarely are without any other harmful substances. Alcohol, which can be very irritating to the skin, is often used to make your deodorant dry faster and for its antiseptic properties. Synthetic fragrances also often hide hormonal disruptors. The same goes for chemical preservatives; triclosan and parabens at the top of the list. The risks? Some studies say it can cause hormonal and neuronal problems, reduced fertility, cancer, and so on.
What’s even more worrying is that the deodorant is applied to an area where the skin is thin, often shaved or plucked. In other words hyper permeable. Do not panic, the choice is not limited. Solutions combining respect for health, the environment and efficiency exist. I am sharing with you my ultimate deodorant recipe. One, (almost) my whole family has adopted!
The recipe is super easy! For the base, you will only need 3 ingredients. If you want to spice it up a bit you can replace some of the coconut oil with shea butter and you can add 3-5 drops of essential oils. Be careful with the essential oils and sun, mixing both is not ideal!
What you’ll need:
5 tablespoons of coconut oil
3 tablespoons of baking soda
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl with a fork or spoon and tadaaa you are done! Yes, it is as easy as that. Who would have thought?