A DIY Natural Deodorant That Works?
What worries me the most about antiperspirant is it's regular association with breast cancer. Just reading the ingredients list on the back of the bottle looks scary, with a long list of oestrogen (estrogenic) compounds including parabens and aluminium. Reading a lot on the subject however, there appear to be contradicting conclusions from various scientific reports and I have yet to find an article which suggests for definite that there is a confirmed link between long-term use of antiperspirants and developing breast cancer.
In any case, the ingredients they use in these products are enough for me to not want to take my chances. Hence the quest for an effective natural solution has begun, starting with one I tried to make myself...
The deodorant recipe I used as my guide is from Wellness Mama. I must be honest, its stings like sh*t.
I am quite certain this is a result of me shaving as part of my morning routine 5 minutes before putting this on. Consequently I enjoyed a week of sore red itchy hurty lumps! Actually quite agonising and very distracting at work!! It's very annoying as I did find I had quite good results odour-wise.
Anyway, this is the recipe:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted by letting sit in a glass, in a bowl of boiling water)
- 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot
- 5-10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
After reading further on Wellness Mama's blog I've also realised a lot of people that have made this too have had a similar bad reaction and this might be caused by the sodium bicarbonate. If you are sensitive to bicarbonate of soda - try substituting with arrowroot or cornflour.
Sadly I am still using regular antiperspirant at the lack of a better option. I tried to just use coconut oil on its own which is OK for my lazy weekends but it doesn't last me through the long working day (I was worried it could get embarrassing if I persisted with the ineffective body odour control)...
Something else I have also tried is Madara Herbal Deodorant. Again not as effective as required despite many raving reviews on the website from which I bought it. Hopefully I will have better luck with magnesium.
UPDATE: I have now created two new homemade deodorants which work effectively and without skin irritation! Please see my magnesium and lavender deodorant spray recipe, and my witch hazel deodorant recipe :)