One of my resolutions this year was to reduce the waste I create by making my more of my own products, as well as opting for more natural ingredients where I can.
That is why today, I made my own deodorant. It’s surprisingly easy, cost-effective, more eco-friendly than store-bought products, vegan-friendly and requires only a few ingredients. Not to mention, it actually works!
Keep in mind, however, this isn’t an antiperspirant, so it won’t prevent you from sweating. What many don’t realize when they opt for antiperspirant is that your body is supposed to sweat. It’s how our bodies regulate our temperature and release toxins. Antiperspirants and deodorants filled with chemicals clog pores, which doesn’t allow the body to perform these functions.
Another fact many are unaware of is that sweat isn’t what smells (it’s just salt and water, after all), it’s the bacteria that lives on or under our skin that creates the smell. In addition to eating cleaner and drinking more water, this smell can be aided by the use of deodorant, rather than antiperspirant. Although, even deodorants can contain harmful or unnecessary ingredients.
If you’d like to know exactly what’s in a product you use daily, making it yourself is a great way to go. For the base, all you need is coconut oil andbaking soda. I add corn starch to mine in lieu of extra baking soda because I have sensitive skin, as well as essential oils for a nice scent. The recipe I use is:
- ¼ cup coconut oil (liquefied)
- 3 tablespoons of corn starch
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- essential oils to scent (I use 4 rops tea tree oil, 4 drops bergamot oil, and 4-5 drops of a citrus scent. I like wild orange or pink grapefruit)
To make, simply mix all the ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
Although it’s by no means a major transformation, every step towards producing less waste and using less harmful ingredients is a step in the right direction.