Body odour is the literal pits. Luckily there are a million stink and sweat stopping defences around every corner, but lately I have been questioning how good they are for you. Many deodorants (even those that claim to be “all-natural”) contain aluminium and/or aluminium. This has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a host of other horrific health concerns. Parabens are in many deodorants that we certainly want to avoid but don’t really know how to- deodorant being an essential for us. Here are the top 2 natural deodorant recipes you should definitely try:

COCONUT OIL DEODORANT RECIPE

RECIPE 1:

Benefits-

  • Raw and unrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin.
  • Raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties.
  • Arrowroot powder helps draw out toxins. Natural topical detoxifier!
  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.
  • Vitamin E nourishes skin.

Things you need: You need 30g Coconut oil, 20g Shea butter, 10g Carrier Oil, 10g Beeswax, 15g Arrowroot powder, 5g Diatomaceous Earth- Food Grade,  5 drops of Vitamin E  and 20-25 drops of essential oils of your choice (optional)

Method:

Measure oils, shea butter, and beeswax into the upper part of your double-boiler. Melt on low heat over bottom part of double-boiler until everything is melted (the beeswax will be the last thing to melt so just keep stirring). Turn off heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add arrowroot, DE, Vit E, and EO; whisk vigorously to fully combine. Pour into container and place somewhere safe so it can set up.

RECIPE 2:

Benefits:

  • Baking soda and cornstarch refreshes armpits and keeps them dry.
  • Coconut oil moisturizes skin and has antibacterial properties
  • Raw and unrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin.

Things you need: You need 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil, 2 tbsp shea butter, 3 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp cornstarch and 5 drops essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.)

Method: Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the jar and let melt. Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Let cool. To use, scrape out 1 tsp of the deodorant, roll it into a ball with fingertips, and apply it directly under armpits, where it melts and soaks in.