I don't know what it is about hygiene products, but people seem to get really grossed out when you propose a 'natural' alternative. Using natural toothpaste, deodorant, menstrual products and shampoos are some of the many products that people avoid because for some reason 'natural' means they won't work and end up leaving you smelling like a hippy.
This was also the case for myself. From the ages of 13 - 19, I wore deodorant from the supermarket, despite my mum constantly trying to get me use a natural alternative.
It wasn't until I became more invested in my health and in tune with my body that I realised I definitely didn't need to wear the harsh ant-perspirants I had been wearing. I realised that I actually didn't sweat that much during the day, unless I was exercising - so the need for an antiperspirant wasn't necessary.
I also learn't about the harmful effects that are linked to the chemicals in deodorants. Two of the big bad guys are Aluminium and Parabens.
- Aluminium, the 'anti-perspirant' in these deodorants serves it's purpose by literally blocking the sweat glands. All the toxins trying to come out of your body through sweat are then a re-absorbed. Overtime this build up can lead to a toxic overload which can cause a whole host of issues. Aluminium is also a known carcinogen and a terrible toxin for your body to absorb.
- Parabens are known endocrine-blockers, meaning they mess with your hormone levels and are linked to breast and prostate cancers.
There are quite a few more, but I'm sure you get the picture!
Then I discovered D.I.Y deodorant and decided to give it a whirl. Since then I have trialled several different recipes and have found one that works well, doesn't cause any irritation (for me) and is a good consistency.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
- 2 tbsp bicarb soda
- 1 tbsp bentonite clay
- 1 tbsp water
- 20 drops essential oils ( I love peppermint, orange and/or ylang ylang)
Begin by melting the coconut oil. Whilst its melting, mix the remaining ingredients together. Then stir in the coconut oil. Then wait until the coconut oil hardens, and its ready!
How to apply: Take a small 5-10cent piece amount and warm up between your fingers. Apply to your underarms as you would with moisturiser!
If this is your first time using natural deodorant, use it as an experiment to get back in touch with your body. How does it feel? Do you sweat more/less? Do you smell?
There is no right, or wrong! Just give it a go, you have nothing to lose!
Lots of Love,