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Save Your Brain with this Homemade Deodorant Recipe

written by Head Health Nutter August 14, 2011

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?

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Head Health Nutter August 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm

It works!!! I just came home from my part-time job as a waitress at a local restaurant. I ran my butt off and although I did sweat, I DON’T smell bad! Whoo Hoo!!! 🙂

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman August 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

Wow, a recipe for deodorant powder! You are an amazing resource for “living lighter” Steph! And for helping us all smell good!

Head Health Nutter August 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

lol, you’re most welcome, Emmanuel! 🙂

Head Health Nutter September 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Update: just wanted to give you all a warning that while this homemade recipe is effective, it doesn’t last long. It lasted during the 5 hours I was waiting tables, that day, but I’ve since experienced it wearing off. It needs to be reapplied! How frequently depends on how active you are.

Amber Roberge January 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I use Arbonne’s foot cream as my deodorant. It has a clean minty scent. It does not keep you from sweating, but does keep you from smelling. Arbonne products are swiss-formulated without harmful ingredients. Until they make a deodorant, I will use this. Of course, it will need to be reapplied after a few hours of intense sweating, but you will likey be showering after that anyway.

Head Health Nutter January 27, 2012 at 1:55 am

Very nice, Amber, thank you for the suggestion! 🙂

Amber Roberge January 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

You’re welcome! If I can be of further assistance re: Arbonne products, please let me know. I discovered the company about a year ago and was so inspired by the health & wellness information I learned, that I decided to share it with everyone by starting my own business. My whole lifestyle has changed, as well as the personal care products I use because of it!

Dee January 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I ‘m going to try Amber’s suggestion about Arbonne’s foot cream as an option when I want to feel “minty fresh”. Talcum powder, corn starch or baking soda would probably work short term, and when I’m not around human noses for a whole day, I’ll try this home made recipe too Steph. In a pinch, I’ve used hair spray, breath spray, room deodorizer & perfume to disguise any possible armpit odour at social gatherings, although I wouldn’t recommend these. I stopped using aluminum brands a decade ago in favour of a silica crystal which is safe, natural and effective for a full day, very portable and easily reapplied, The original rock was guaranteed for 20 years ($20 cost) so it has also been very economical. No wonder the store stopped selling them (no repeat sales!) but I have seen them available at some health food stores.

Head Health Nutter January 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

Hmm… silica crystal, thank you, Dee; that IS very economical! I’ll check it out.

rose March 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

I strongly recommend “Milk of Magnesia”. I have been using it for 40 years. It is unscented and you won’t smell. I buy the regular bottle. I have never used antiperspirants because I think the body has to eliminate toxins when sweating. With the MOM you still sweat but don’t smell.

Head Health Nutter March 31, 2012 at 3:20 am

Thanks, Rose for the suggestion. Sounds natural and healthy! I love options. 🙂

Dee April 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Hey Steph,
I’m going to try Rose’s suggestion (before I actually NEED it) as I also think “natural” is better than all of the chemical laden pit sticks sold in stores today at huge markups!

I also thought you & readers might find this recent news item about Jennifer Love Hewitt, interesting…

eri May 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Applecider vinegar. Wipe it on ur pits then u can just use deodorant

Head Health Nutter May 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Gotta try that, eri!


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