I’m officially out of pit stick! What to do… what to do… I know – it’s the perfect opportunity to make a homemade deodorant and test it out. Here’s the recipe I’m using, another one to try out later and why homemade is better than commercial products.
For the last few years I’ve been hearing how unhealthy over-the-counter antiperspirants are because they use aluminum salts in their products to clog the pores and halt the natural process of sweating.
Aluminum can accumulate in the body and brain, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease (although according to the Alzheimer Society, researchers no longer consider it a risk factor, except for some people who have difficulty processing heavy metals).
Deodorants are apparently better because they neutralize odour rather than stopping sweat. Check out this Care2.com article for The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirants (it also contains the homemade recipes I’m trying).
However, I’ve found commercial deodorants don’t work that well nor do they last very long. And body odour is just plain unpleasant, not only for myself but others, too. I feel this is a high risk to take to be natural and healthier – I want to smell pretty!
It’s important to note here that when I was eating super clean a couple of years ago (read How I Lost 25lbs in 3 Months and A Safe, Enlightening 3 Day Fast), I noticed that I lacked body odour! Not only was my sweat a very subtle, almost pleasant smell, but even my toilet deposits weren’t that bad. The only trouble is that maintaining that über clean diet is fairly difficult – I’ve discovered that it’s got to be a good balance and I’m still experimenting with the right mix for myself.
Regular Live Lighter readers know that I advocate nature; natural is the usually the better choice because of little to no side-effects. But I’ve got to be honest – I’ve been dragging my feet on this one. I know homemade cleaners aren’t as powerful as the commercial products so I’ve been continuing to buy over-the-counter antiperspirants…
Now that I’m out of my usual pit stick, I’m biting the bullet, hoping for the best and willing to give a homemade deodorant recipe a try:
Basic Deodorant Powder
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- A few drops essential cinnamon oil (actually, I used 10 drops)
Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don’t rinse.
For the liquid recipe: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/deodorant-or-antiperspirants.html#ixzz1V7xPQU8a
I’ll return and leave a comment here about my experience using this homemade deodorant recipe. I suspect it will work but I’ll probably have to reapply it throughout the day.
Do you have a homemade deodorant recipe to share or perhaps a commercial product you’ve found that works and is a healthier option?