Years ago, I read that most deodorants contain aluminum, which is known to cause Alzheimer’s and possibly even cancer! Yikes! It was a discouraging fact to read, so I wanted to drop the chemical-laden version and find a safer deodorant instead. But finding a deodorant that actually worked for me has been, no joke, a decade-long challenge because, well… my pits are just so darn stinky! Seriously… 😦
I hate to admit it, but my armpits have given me a lot of grief over the years. For years, I searched and searched for a deodorant that would JUST WORK AT ALL, but my pits continued to stink, and it was just so ridiculously frustrating and embarrassing. I would try wearing “breathable” shirts, I would reapply every hour or so, and I even tried the strongest deodorant sticks out there at the grocery store… FOR MEN… Yeah, none of them worked well. It was exhausting. I FINALLY tried a deodorant cream, Arrid Extra Dry cream, and it’s the only deodorant that ever worked for me! It’s so weird, because all the other varieties of Arrid deodorant never worked, just that one particular cream! If I go with Arrid’s stick deodorants, or their mens’ versions, I’d stink again. But that magical cream in a jar… it was the only kind that worked for me! I worried if Arrid ever stopped making my special deodorant cream how screwed I’d be…
But I’m a pretty healthy girl these days and like to use all-natural products when I can. I eat organic, I eat gluten-free, and because of it, I feel really good nowadays! I realized that putting less chemicals inside my body was actually making me look and feel better on the outside, so I decided I should use less chemicals topically as well. I think the combination of the two, putting good-for-you ingredients on the inside AND the outside can really lead to the most radiant YOU. That said, I wanted to address my deodorant issue. There’s no doubt that my miracle deodorant cream has aluminum in it (along with other toxic chemicals), and if that wasn’t bad enough, I am currently pregnant. I just want to be kind to my body, and all the more now that I am making another precious human being. If there was ever a time to be extremely careful and considerate, it’s now (while I am building a brain and eyeballs) that everything that is absorbed into my body and my cells is healthy and nourishing.
SOOOOO…. I made my own all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant and I LOVE it! Trust me, I have tried all-natural versions before, and they never worked, so I can’t believe my own little creation is actually doing the trick (especially since my pits have seemed especially difficult)! But it IS working and I am all the more encouraged that making your own skincare products can be even better than the store-bought versions! I hope you’ll try and make it too- I promise, it’s super-easy and takes a total of 5 minutes (tops!) to make!
Gluten-Free, All-Natural Lemon Deodorant
- Add coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax to a glass bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Beeswax and coconut oil should be melted, but if not, zap in the microwave for just a few more seconds until melted. Shea butter does not have to be melted all the way, but softened.
- Add all other ingredients (but adding the lemon essential oil last) to the melted mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Pour blended mixture into a small glass container with lid. If you prefer, you could also add this mixture to an empty deodorant stick. *See note below if you decide to use a stick container instead of a glass/lid container.
- Screw on lid and let stand in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
- After 30 minutes, use your amazing, all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant! 🙂
Some people are not quite as stinky as me, so if you find that this all-natural deodorant is too strong for you and irritates your skin, cut back on your baking soda. The baking soda is the magic ingredient to help cut down the sweat and the stench, but it can also irritate sensitive skin and cause too much dryness. If that’s the case for you, make a batch of this deodorant with only 1 TBSP of baking soda instead, and see if that works better.
*This deodorant is made with coconut oil (which melts easily at 76 degrees), so if you make it into a deodorant stick OR if you prefer the deodorant to stay more of a solid, you may have to store it in the fridge. I know it may seem a little more “high-maintenance” than your typical store-bought deodorant, but if it works as well for you as it has for me AND has safer ingredients that won’t lead to terrible diseases down the line, I promise the extra effort of storing it should be well-worth it! 🙂
I’m discovering that making your own organic and all-natural body and skincare products is SO INCREDIBLY EASY! It’s especially rewarding to make your own stuff, because if it works well AND it’s better for you using non-toxic ingredients (unlike common body and skin care products), AND you can save you a crap-load of money by doing it yourself… well, it just feels pretty darn good.
Hugs, Kisses, and PINK Cars,