Ever flipped the flap on a deodorant label to read the extensive toxins (cough, I mean ingredients) list? If not, get your magnifying glass out and give it a look, it goes something like this…
1. Aluminum Zirconium Tetracholohydrex (try to say that 3 times fast)
2. Parabens like, methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl, butyl. Huh? Exactly.
7. Steareth-n (spell check, spell check, spell check)
Just to name a few. Read the full article on what all of this means HERE! (Short version: Cancer.)
Next comes the warning;
DO NOT USE ON, broken skin
TALK TO A DOCTOR before use if you have you have kidney problems
MAY CAUSE irritation or rash.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN, if ingested contact poison control immediately…. SAY WHHHAAAAAT!
It’s all there, right on the little old able, but for whatever reason we either don’t read the TOXIC WASTE warning or somehow after reading past the SKULL AND CROSSBONES still feel comfortable putting it on our bodies. Why is that? Well for me it was because I work in close proximity with the general public and slapping them in the face from time to time with the sweat free, baby bottom fresh aroma of secret was a better alternative than a ripe, glistening, au natural body cavity. Don’t get me wrong some people are totally into that sort of thing but uh…. not the Scottsdale folk. Sweating is natural, you should sweat! Sweating is your bodies way of detoxifying your system, so anti-perspirant( on top of all the chemicals) is actually the worst thing you can do, hence why you smell a little like sour chicken if you don’t wear it for a few days. It is literally your body purging out the chemicals, doing it’s best to get back in balance. Our bodies are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.
One day I said to myself, “Self, there must be a better way.” So I set out on a mission to find the best natural alternative, and trust me I had some less than stellar smelling adventures along the way (sorry babe). I tried them all, Toms, Natural essence (and every other natural deodorant under the sun), rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball, pure virgin coconut oil (which I use for everything by the way… more on that later), the list goes on, you name it I tried it. Finally, somewhat exasperated, I set out to make my own deodorant and after tampering with quite a few recipes I came up with one that works for me. Now this recipe is NOT and anti-persperent but I have never been a super heavy sweater and don’t mind to sweat, for me it is more about the scent.
What you’ll need: (HINT: Amazon prime members need not leave the couch : )
1-2 TBS Organic Virgin (unrefined) Coconut Oil, whatever brand you like (I use the Sprouts brand)
2-3 TBS Beeswax.
1/4 (ish) cup Arrowroot Powder
1/4 (ish) cup Baking Soda
5-10 drops Tea Tree Oil ( some people may not LOVE the smell of tea tree but it is an anti bacterial oil, you could also try eucalyptus, or peppermint but I find tea tree works best for me)
5-10 drops of whatever other essential oil you like for fragrance.
1.Melt the beeswax and oil together in a double boiler that you have, or just put a heat safe (glass or meta)l bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.
2. Add essential oils and all other ingredients together. stir until you get a thick paste like consistency, should be runny.
3. Remove from heat and quickly pour into deodorant container. The mixture starts to harden quickly so work with purpose.
4. Put the cap on and refrigerate until solid.
I live in Arizona where the weather is as spicy as the food, so I like to add a little more beeswax than some recipes call for so that the mixture stays solid, but if you like it a little creamier add more coconut oil. Also if you are more of a “heavy sweater,” add more of the powders. And that’s it, it’s that easy!
This recipe is tried and true, as I now have all the girls (and some of the guys) at work using it! All of these ingredients are safe, natural, moisturizing, and even better no more need to have poison control on speed dial.
KICK ROCKS SECRET!