Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I have been meaning to make my own deodorant for a while now. Why, you ask? For quite a few reasons! I'm trying to avoid toxins and deodorants can be full of them! Even the crunchy deodorants seem to have something wrong with them.
Common Toxic Chemicals in Deodorant
Aluminum - A developmental and reproductive toxin.
Parabens - A reproductive toxin.
Propylene Glycol - Immunotoxin.
Fragrance - (can contain Phthalates)Neurotoxin and immunotoxin.
Sadly there's many more chemicals in deodorants that are also toxic but those listed above are some of the big ones.
Now that you know why I decided to make my own deodorant, how about the recipe? It's actually a very simple recipe, very easy to make, and it can even be put into an old deodorant container.
3-4 Tbs. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tbs. Baking Soda
2 Tbs. Arrowroot or Cornstarch (Arrowroot is preferred as Cornstarch can contain GMO's and talc)
Mix Baking Soda and Arrowroot together. Add EVCO. MIx well with spoon or hands until it is about the consistency of commercial deodorant. Transfer into a bowl or old deodorant container. You may want to put the deodorant in the fridge to harden but as long as the room temperature is below 76 degrees your deodorant will stay in it's proper form.
I have only just started using my deodorant but I'm already loving it. It works great so far and since I use non-refined EVCO my deodorant smells like coconut! Yummy!
Brittany Thomas is the founder and author of The Pistachio Project. A mother to four children, she began her journey of living green and crunchy because she wanted the best for her kids. However, she soon realized that natural living was a benefit to her as well. Now she continues The Pistachio Project to share with others how a green and crunchy lifestyle can benefit anyone.