Deodorant is one of those must have, personal hygiene products we are so used to having that life would be unthinkable without it. Yet, the history of deodorants is very short, the first dating back only to the late 1800, early 1900s. “The first deodorant, which kills odor-producing bacteria, was called Mum and had been trademarked in 1888, while the first antiperspirant, which thwarts both sweat-production and bacterial growth, was called Everdry and launched in 1903.” (Smithsonian Magazine)
One of the reasons that this new idea was slow to take off was that deodorant was thought of as a luxury and unnecessary. Another reason was that they were considered to be unhealthy. Fast forward 100 years and we are still having the debate about the health concerns of some deodorant ingredients such as Triclosan, Parabens, and fragrances. Having read several peer reviewed, scholarly articles in such publications as the National Library of Medicine, I am on the they are unhealth aside of the debate. I am also of the opinion I can’t live without them.
My solution is to make my own out of more natural ingredients. Here is my recipe, so you can do the same.
- 250 grams of baking soda
- 65 grams of cornstarch (make it non-GMO from a health-food store)
- 110 grams of Shea butter, melted
- 45 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix baking soda and cornstarch together.
- Using your fingers, work the Shea butter in until it looks like very crumbly dough. If you are using an essential oil, you can add this now.
- Using a handheld mixer, mix the deodorant until the crumbly texture starts to come together. Don’t worry if it looks too dry to come together. Just keep mixing. Make sure that the bowl you use is deep enough as the powdery mixture can fly out of the bowl in the beginning.
- Once the mixture has come together, transfer it into a container.
How to use this deodorant
Using this deodorant is a little bit different that using a spray, roll-on, or sick. You will need to get a small amount and massage it into your armpit with your fingers. About a pea size amount under each arm would be plenty. The deodorant will readily absorb into your skin, but it is best to wait a few minutes before getting dressed.
It does take a few extra minutes in the morning. For me, this extra time is totally worth it because I am worth it. My health is one of the most important things in my life. I am just not willing to use toxic chemicals to save a bit of time. I would rather spend a few minutes a day taking care of myself and live longer. The choice is yours.