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Honestly, not everyone sweat that much. But for those who do, it doesn’t need to be something of a big concern.  Sweating is one of the body’s natural way of getting rid of toxins. On certain occasions where heavy perspiration is expected, using a deodorant is a likely way to go in order to prevent yourself from stinking up a place real bad.

Fact is, most commercial deodorants being sold in the markets are made with ingredients that can be nasty, not only for the consumer, but also for the environment—a thing that does not sit well with a lot of people.  Many deodorants, even those that are labelled as “all-natural’” still contain aluminum or its derivatives. Unfortunately, aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a slew of other   health concerns. Parabens, are also in the ingredients list of most deodorants, another no-no, health-wise.

So, if you’re looking for safer yet still effective deodorant, you can just create your own.  Below is a recipe for a homemade deodorant that is guaranteed to keep you smelling fresh, minus the toxic ingredients.

What You Need:

Coconut and Almond Oils

Why use these? Because in its pure and unrefined state, these ingredients have wonderful antibacterial properties. That’s going to be important to prevent you from smelling funky, right? Coconut oil will be in its liquefied state at 76 degrees, anything below will put it in a semi-solid form.  Almond oil on the other hand will help your deodorant stay more fluid.

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Shea butter

Shea butter is a great gift from nature. Shea butter has loads of Vitamin A and E content and is highly soothing to the skin.  Sounds like a good thing to be placing in your armpits, right?

Beeswax

Raw beeswax will help stabilize this deodorant recipe, so it won’t get runny and all over the place. Bees wax is a good choice for an ingredient because it is good for the skin and non-comedogenic too, meaning, it won’t clog your skin’s pores.  It also helps to “lock-in” the moisturizing properties of the other ingredients (butter and oil) in this recipe.

Arrowroot powder

This will serve as thickener for the deodorant.

Diatomaceous earth (DE)

This helps in drawing out toxins and makes the recipe better for sensitive skin.

Vitamin E

Other Things to Prepare

  1. Jars or tins
  2. Double boiler
  3. Kitchen scale
  4. 30 g coconut oil
  5. 10 g carrier oil (almond oil)
  6. 20 g shea butter
  7. 10 g beeswax
  8. 15 g DE
  9. 15 g arrowroot powder
  10. 5 drops Vit. E
  11. 20-25 drops essential oil

How to Make It

  1. Measure your oils, beeswax and shea butter  and place at the top portion of the double-boiler. If a double boiler is not available, use a glass bowl over a pot.
  2. Melt them in low flame. Be patient and keep stirring (the beeswax is going to be the last one to melt).
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool down for a few minutes.
  4. Add your arrowroot powder, DE, essential oils and Vitamin E.  Mix well.
  5. Pour into your chosen container and allow it to set.

The consistency of the resulting deodorant is firm yet totally spreadable. You may use your fingers to scoop and dab a small amount in your armpits.

Again, sweating is okay, it’s the stink that people need to be wary about. This homemade deodorant is effective and is a great DIY gift for your friends and loved ones. Place in a rather fancy container and add some cute ties around and you should be good to go.

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