Are you still using mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants? Did you know that these are a chemical cocktail of toxic ingredients? There’s something better you can do for your health!
Your underarms (as well as certain other areas of your body) contain lymph nodes, whose primary purpose is to act as filters along your lymphatic system (which circulates a fluid called lymph). Your lymph nodes trap bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells and anything that shouldn’t be there, and helps shuttle them out of your body. You do not want to add toxins directly to these hardworking lymph nodes (or any part of your body, really!).
Here is a ‘recipe’ to make little creamy pots of his and hers rub-on deodorant with 3 or 4 ingredients. Very simple to make, they work, and most importantly, these do not contain toxic substances, such as aluminium/aluminum, ‘fragrance’ (that is a whoooooole other blog post – check out the film Stink), and an endless list of undesirable substances.
To make one pot:
- Mix together 30g each of coconut oil, bicarb/baking soda (make sure it is aluminium-free) and cornflour (make sure it is gluten-free if you are sensitive to gluten).
- Blend very thoroughly by hand or with your blending device (I used a Thermomix).
- Add 3 drops of your quality essential oil of choice (make sure it is not a cheap imitation with synthetic ‘fragrance’) and stir through well. I used spearmint for him and a premixed floral uplifting blend (bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, lemon, coriander, tangerine, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarosa and rose) for me.
- Place into pot, jar or shallow dish. Rub a few dabs gently under each arm.
- If you want this to be a solid block, you can spoon this into an old deodorant stick & put in the fridge to solidify. Then just roll up and use as usual.
- If it is cold, this will be solid, and when it is warm it will be soft and creamy as you see here. You can keep it in the fridge if you prefer it solid in a warm climate. If it melts completely, just give it a stir, maybe keep it in the fridge. Mine just stays in the bathroom.
- This recipe can easily be doubled.
- If you find that you experience irritation, try leaving out the essential oil, reducing the amount of bicarb, increasing the coconut oil and/or cornflour. Don’t rub it aggressively onto your skin – rub gently. Straight after shaving may cause irritation.
- While many people love using coconut oil on their skin for many reasons, others are sensitive to it. If that’s the case for you, this recipe may not be your best option. You could try dipping your fingers into some bicarb and gently patting it under your arms (bicarb is the main ingredient which stops the smell, although coconut oil is somewhat antimicrobial, so this helps too).
If you don’t wish to make your own, there are some natural, effective and non-toxic products available at Nourished Life (affiliate link) where I buy my own toxin-free makeup and other products. Highly recommend. I also love Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste and have heard wonderful things about No Pong, which I am hoping to try soon. They also have a non-bicarb and low-fragrance option which sounds great.
I am personally currently alternating between using this, a pat of bicarb, Black Chicken, a bit of coconut oil, or sometimes nothing!
Have you made the switch from mainstream commercial deodorants/antiperspirants? Have you tried making your own non-toxic products before?
Founder of Goodness Gracious Health, Grace Miano is a degree-qualified Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, and Student Doula/Birth Attendant. Having experienced fertility issues and two miscarriages of her own, Grace is particularly passionate about helping women achieve and maintain a healthy pregnancy to term, and obtaining all of the holistic support that is required, via her Angels to Rainbows e-book, and her Angels to Rainbows program, which includes individual support for healing after loss and conceiving again, using food as medicine, correct supplementation, lifestyle recommendations, appropriate referrals and testing, access to private online support group, recipes, e-books, tip sheets, and a variety of other resources. And coming very soon in June 2017: the Angels to Rainbows e-course!