Healthy DIY Deodorant

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Healthy DIY Deodorant

I have read conflicting stories for years about the safety of deodorants, more specifically, antiperspirants.  The aluminum, and other chemicals like parabens, propylene glycol, TEA and DEA, artificial fragrance and coloring, and triclosan that are loaded into our little yummy-smelling sticks have been confirmed individually to be harmful.  Although it can depend on amount, and frequency of use, some studies assure us that these ingredients in the levels found in our deodorants are safe.  For my piece of mind, however, why not make my own, with ingredients I know to be safe, and at a much lower cost to me.  Exactly: why not?!

This is so easy, and very effective...

- 2 TB extra virgin coconut oil (as a solid, you don't have to heat)
- 2TB cornstarch
- 2TB baking soda
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil*
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil*

- Mash all ingredients together in a bowl with a fork until all powder is smooth, and creamy

- Put mixture in a sealed jar (an amber glass jar with a screw-cap lid is best; the amber glass protects the essential oils, and the screw-cap is also better for travel)

- Apply a small amount to underarms as needed (1-2 times per day is typical)

- Coconut oil will moisturize and act as a mild antibacterial, which is great to keep the stinky armpit smell at bay (bacteria are what cause us to stink)

- Cornstarch will act as a light antiperspirant and limit some of the sweating (no aluminum needed)

- Baking soda will help to deodorize (it is a great smell absorber)

- The combination of lemongrass and grapefruit essential oils is very refreshing, and smells great

- None of that yucky residue that you feel from traditional deodorants

- You can use other scents, if you like: lavender, tea tree oil, lemon oil, or any you prefer*

- If the mixture becomes warm your coconut oil may melt; you can place it in the fridge to reharden,  remove for a few minutes to let it soften, then stir back to the creamy consitency.  I don't bother rehardening most of the time, I just stir it with my finger and apply (this happens mostly during summer months - it's also the reason for keeping it in a lidded jar: I first had this in an old deodorant dispenser that I reused, which worked great until the weather warmed - very messy)

- I have not had any issues with this mixture showi
ng through shirts, but just make sure you use a light layer, so that it isn't too oily (really, no issues at all)

- If you have severe sweating problems, you may need to reapply more often, and this will never be as strong as a clinical-strength product, but it will be healthier

*Always check with your doctor before using essential oils, because some are unsafe in the early stages of pregnancy, or throughout the entirety of it.  They are natural, but still potent.  Use and store properly away from curious small children (lemon essential oil is NOT drinkable lemon juice).
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