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{Healthy Living} Easy DIY Homemade Deodorant

I've been trying to do anything I can on my own when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. This doesn't necessarily mean that the rest of my household follows...but we're working on it.

From canning and fermenting, to homemade toothpaste -- the more that I learn, the more I love what I'm making. And many of these things astound me by how quick they are to make, and how equally efficient they are when compared to the store bought chemicals.

I often ask myself, why didn't I start doing this sooner?!

When my husband brought to my attention that aluminum is added to many of the deodorants women use now days (for some reason, it's not as widely used in men's deodorant), I cringed. Aluminum in deodorant has been a proven link to Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, and thyroid issues....among so many other things. 

Before making the switch to homemade deodorant, I would highly suggest doing a small detox of the good ol' arm pits first. You can do this by scrubbing your underarms with a loofah or scrubbing brush in the shower, to loosen up the gunk that's been trapped in your pores. You can then rub a quick mixture of baking soda and coconut oil on each armpit. I would suggest doing this one day when you're at home. After that, sweat like CRAZY. Do something that makes you sweat to the max -- be it exercise, cleaning the house, working outside. Then wash and scrub well when you take a shower.

You're going to stink when you do the detox, trust me. But the most interesting thing is that underarms only stink when there are excess of toxins and bacteria in your body....
"Your body doesn’t naturally stink; the bacteria living in your body only react with what you “feed” them. The smell in your armpit won’t be offensive if it’s just perspiring excess minerals and healthy metabolic waste products; however, it will stink if your body is sweating toxic byproducts which come from eating…processed, refined food." [Mercola]
I would highly suggest you click here to read Dr. Mercola's article on this matter.

Also, your body may naturally detox itself again around day 3 of using the homemade deodorant. So be prepared, but do not use your old deodorant if you start stinking. It's only temporary, I promise.

Several weeks back I tried making my first batch of homemade deodorant. And it was awful...

I didn't want to try making it again, but the more I researched, the more I realized that it wasn't the deodorant that gave me a bad reaction, but the Essential Oil that I used in the deodorant. Each persons skin is different, so you'll need to find the brand of oil that works best for you. We have recently switched to Nature's Oil via Bulk Apothecary.

You should also know that this recipe calls for cornstarch, which can also break out sensitive skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin, I suggest (all around, really) using arrowroot powder (resources listed below).

I was pretty bummed when I realized that it was the EO, but happy to know it wasn't the deodorant itself. So I tried making the same exact recipe once again last week, but with a different brand of Essential oil,. To my wonderful surprise, it did not burn my skin and has not for the past week.

I'm so happy that I could kiss a chicken....but I won't....

One of the things that amazed me the most about homemade deodorant? No more brown arm pits. Literally, after I did the detox, my underarms were white as white could be. I had to chuckle and think back to the times when I bought that store brand deodorant that said "certain to take away those brown armpits"....and while it did help, I'm pretty certain I was just bleaching them! After all of that gunk came out of my pours during the detox, my underarms were refreshed and renewed!

Here is a quick and easy DIY Homemade Deodorant recipe for the ladies. You can certainly make some for your fella as well, but you should probably change the oil scent. Unless, of course, he likes the smell of lavender!

Homemade Deodorant
4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder
1/3 cup Baking Soda
10 drops of Antibacterial Essential Oil (tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus)
10 drops of Anti-fungal Essential Oil (tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, or eucalyptus)
**I use Lavender and Tea Tree in my deodorant**
1 Deodorant Tube or Small mason jar

Mix everything together in a medium sized bowl.
Place into your deodorant tube (I just use an old one!), or other container. 
If you don't have a tube, you can just apply this deodorant with your hands if you'd like.
Allow deodorant to set up for 24 hours!! You can stick it in the fridge for quicker set up if you'd like (12 hours).

Use as you would regular deodorant, however, a little goes a long way.
Do not over use or use a lot at one time like you would regular deodorant.

Ta-da! It's that simple, and yes, it does work. 
I know this, because I am obsessive compulsive when it comes to sweating!



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