“Hey, you! This is your lymph nodes talking. Stop slathering us with aluminum and toxins! It is our job to get rid of toxins in your body…bathing us in chemicals is not helping! We need to breath!”
Phew, it is a good thing I am here to save you from a full on lymph node revolt. Your lymphatic system is helping to clean out your body all the time, and it uses lymph nodes to get the job done. You have multiple lymph nodes around your armpit area. Which is why it is sooooo important that you pay attention to what you are putting in that area…mainly antiperspirant and deodorant. But don’t worry, I have a tried an true homemade deodorant option all ready for you.
Simple, Effective Non-Toxic Homemade Deodorant
Ingredients (Links at bottom of post):
- less than 1/2 C arrowroot powder (or cornstarch, but I use arrowroot because it is non-gmo)
- 2 T baking soda
- 2 ¼ T coconut oil , melted
- Optional: Essential oil of your choice. For Chris, I use 10 drops cedarwood and 10 drops rosemary. For me, I usually use 10 drops rosemary and 10 drops lavender.
- Take a 1/2 C measuring cup and place the 2 T of baking soda in it. Then, fill the rest of the way with arrowroot powder. (Here is the thing – baking soda can irritate really sensitive skin. So, start with 2 T per batch, you can then increase it if you want. Just make sure to lessen the amount of arrowroot so that the total amount of powder ingredients adds to 1/2 C.)
- Warm your coconut oil to a liquid state by using a double boiler method. If you do not have a double boiler, fill the bottom of a pot with a few inches of water, and put a dish (non-plastic) with the coconut oil in the pot. Warm with medium-low heat until the coconut oil is melted.
- In a non-plastic bowl, combine the coconut oil, your dry ingredients and any essential oils and stir to combine. It will look crumbly, but when you mash it with the back of a spoon, it will stay together.
- Transfer to a glass container to put on with your fingers. Or, you can fill a plastic deodorant holder by packing the deodorant tightly. I have found it is easiest if you fill it one inch at a time (I show you in the video below). When we run out, the container is easy to wash with soap and reuse.
Here is a quick Homemade Deodorant video for those of you who like to see it to learn…
Makes one glass container or one plastic deodorant container. The main thing to remember when using is to NOT use too much. A little goes a long way with this one.
What to expect? Well, congratulations for trying homemade deodorant. This is probably the most difficult diy to convince yourself to try (which is why I resorted to ganging up on you with your lymph nodes). The biggest adjustment is that you do not need as much of this version as you are probably using with a store-bought brand. If you slather on too much of this recipe, you will feel oily. Start small. This is NOT an antiperspirant, but my experience has been that after the initial adjustment period of about 2 weeks, my armpits actually sweat less and they smell less – Chris had the same experience. My guess is that after a detox period, my armpits are now regulating themselves better, since they are no longer being harassed by chemicals and heavy metals. The lavender/rosemary is a favorite combo for me, and the cedarwood has a rugged, manly smell for Chris. We also both like Purification by itself (it has the added benefit of keeping an annoyance-free outdoor experience). It took me a while to convince Chris to try the switch, but he is now a faithful homemade deodorant lover too!
Now, if you have been with us for a while, then you know that we spend a fair amount of time hiking and in the desert; we even spent time in 115 degree heat! And I am happy to report, this homemade deodorant has served us well through all of it. Now, it is your turn to sweat it and forget it!
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