Natalya’s Natural Deodorant Recipe

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If you're like most folks I know, you're likely on the lookout for cleaner, healthier options for your daily essentials. And what’s at the top of that list? Deodorant.


As more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of staying away from harmful ingredients, the shift from standard antiperspirants to more gentle options, like non-toxic deodorants, is gaining serious momentum. Why? Let's break it down. 

Antiperspirants are like the bodyguards of the underarm world. They work hard to keep you dry by plugging up your sweat glands, often with aluminum and other potentially harmful ingredients. And while they may get the job done in terms of keeping sweat from soaking your shirt, they also mess with your body's sweat process—and that’s not good. 


Sweating isn't just about cooling off; it’s also how your body flushes out toxins. Think of it like a built-in detox system. It's how we ditch things like heavy metals and everyday pollutants, giving our system a much-needed refresh.


Enter natural deodorants. These alternatives are all about keeping things fresh without messing with your body's rhythm. They tackle odor without stopping perspiration completely, so you can still sweat it out like nature intended, without being embarrassed about the way you smell. Many natural deodorant recipes include clean ingredients like arrowroot powder, known for its absorbent properties, to keep you feeling comfortable throughout the day.

You can buy clean deodorants (we have some available in our online store here), or you can learn how to make your own. The best part? I have a recipe for you that I’m sharing below!


The Potential Dangers of Some Conventional Deodorants

Before we dive into the recipe, let's take a closer look at the downsides of many store-bought deodorants. While they may promise long-lasting freshness and confidence, these conventional products come with their fair share of drawbacks that are worth considering. These include: 


  • Chemical Cocktail: Lots of the deodorants you find at the store are basically a cocktail of chemicals. We're talking parabens, phthalates, aluminum compounds, and synthetic fragrances, just to name a few. These ingredients have been linked to a variety of health concerns, like hormone disruption and allergic reactions. 

  • Aluminum Concerns: Aluminum compounds are often used to block your sweat glands, so you don't, well, sweat. Unfortunately, many rumors have circulated hinting at a possible link between aluminum exposure and conditions like breast cancer. While more research is needed to know for sure, it's got a lot of folks feeling cautious and reaching for aluminum-free options instead.

  • Skin Irritation: For some people, using store-bought deodorant can lead to redness, itching, and even full-on allergic reactions. And you know what's to blame? Those harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances lurking in the formula. Over time, exposing your skin to these irritants can make those sensitivities even worse and compromise your skin's overall health.

Switching to Natural Deodorant: What to Expect

Before you dive headfirst into the world of green deodorants, there's something crucial to keep in mind: the adjustment period.


It’s important to remember that when you switch from an antiperspirant to an aluminum-free deodorant, your body will go through a bit of a transition. During this process, you’re likely to sweat (and stink!) more than usual. It's totally normal, and it's your body's way of recalibrating after years of being clogged up with conventional antiperspirants.


Don’t worry, though—this awkward phase won't last forever! In fact, most people find that their body self-regulates within 2-4 weeks. That means your sweat glands will adjust, and your odor control mechanisms will kick back into gear. Before you know it, you’ll be using a much healthier, chemical-free product to keep things under control.

About Our Underarm Detox Kit

Designed specifically to aid you through this transitory phase, our Underarm Detox Kit tackles any discomfort while addressing common concerns like discoloration and ingrown hairs. We've carefully curated it to provide you with the support you need as you transition to a clean deodorant lifestyle.

Since your liver plays a crucial role in flushing out toxins, supporting it internally can significantly enhance the detox process. One simple way to do this is by staying hydrated—drink lots of water to help your body flush out the nasty stuff.


Also, incorporating liver-supportive teas into your routine can work wonders. Take, for example, our SkinGlow blend, crafted with dandelion root, burdock root, and other liver-loving ingredients. Sipping on this nourishing tea can provide your body with the extra support it needs to detoxify effectively from the inside out.

Check out our blog post “Underarm Detox, Does it Really Work?” for more.

Other Tips for Healthy Pits

Believe it or not, what you eat can have a significant impact on how you smell. If you find that you have a strong body odor, it's likely a reflection of what's on your plate. To support good-smelling pits, focus on staying hydrated and consider improving your diet. 


Incorporating chlorophyll and spirulina can be helpful, as they help to flush out toxins from the body. And here's a pro tip: pay attention to whether you notice a more pungent odor after eating certain foods. Your body might be trying to tell you something!


Now, let's talk about grooming. Ladies (and gents), if you really want to elevate your pit health game, consider ditching the razor. Yes, my loves, underarm hair serves a purpose! It helps to trap bacteria and sweat, preventing it from reaching the surface of your skin and causing odor. So, next time you reach for that razor, think twice. Embracing your hair can actually contribute to a happier underarm environment.

Featured Ingredients in Homemade Deodorant 

Let's dive into the ingredients of our homemade deodorant and why they play such crucial roles in keeping your pits feeling fresh and fabulous.

  • Shea Butter: Shea butter helps to nourish and hydrate the delicate skin under your arms, keeping it soft and supple. But its benefits don't stop there. Shea butter also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it an excellent choice for combating odor-causing bacteria.

  • Coconut Oil: In our deodorant recipe, coconut oil serves as a base that helps to bind everything together. But its benefits extend far beyond its adhesive properties. Coconut oil boasts antimicrobial properties, meaning it can help to fight off odor-causing bacteria before it even has a chance to develop. Plus, its moisturizing abilities keep your underarms feeling soft and hydrated, even after a long day.

  • Arrowroot Powder: Arrowroot powder is an absorbent, meaning it helps to soak up excess moisture, keeping your underarms feeling dry and comfortable throughout the day. It’s also gentle on the skin, making it suitable for even the most sensitive pits. Plus, it helps to give our deodorant that smooth, creamy texture that glides on effortlessly.
  • Vitamin E Oil: Adding vitamin E oil to our natural deodorant recipe provides an extra boost of nourishment and protection for your underarm skin. Vitamin E is renowned for its moisturizing properties, helping to keep the skin soft and hydrated. Additionally, vitamin E oil contains antioxidants, which can help to neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage.

Natural Deodorant Recipe

This deodorant recipe is a simplified version of the deodorant we sell in our store, and it’s a great starting point for anyone who’d like to try making their own! If you have sensitive skin, then I recommend leaving out the essential oil. 


Ingredients: 

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp candelilla wax or beeswax
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil
  • 3-5 drops essential oil of choice (lavender and tea tree are two great choices!)

Pro tip: We don’t need to smell like we live in a flower field. If you use essential oils, only use 3-5 drops and source sustainably. Here are some that I recommend: 


Aromatics International Vanilla Jasmine Essential Oil Blend

Aromatics International Citrus Zen Essential Oil Blend

Plant Therapy Organic Lavender Essential Oil

Plant Therapy Lemongrass Essential Oil

Plant Therapy Tea Tree Essential Oil 


Directions: 

  • Melt shea butter, coconut oil, and wax together in a double boiler over low heat.
  • Stir until melted.
  • Once melted, remove from heat and whisk in arrowroot powder, vitamin E, and essential oils (if using).
  • Mix quickly.
  • Pour into an empty deodorant container.* 
  • Let it set for an hour.
  • Use as you would any other deodorant.

*Note: Not sure what type of container to use? We recommend reusable containers made from materials like stainless steel or glass, compostable paperboard tubes, and refillable containers.

Here’s to Healthier Underarms!

Using an organic deodorant isn't just about smelling good—it's about prioritizing your health and well-being from the inside out. By making the switch from conventional antiperspirants to gentle alternatives like this non-toxic deodorant recipe, you're not only supporting your body's detoxification process but also reducing your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

And if you don’t feel like making your own, then you can always check out our ready-made All Natural Deodorant here.


Remember to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and consider incorporating liver-supportive teas and clean eating habits into your routine for added support.

 


This article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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