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Home Ec: DIY Deodorants: Safer, healthier, nontoxic alternatives

How to make safer, healthier, nontoxic deodorants

If you are learning how to make your own deodorants, than you probably already know a few things about the many toxins found in many of our skincare products, including deodorants. (You may still like to learn more about the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry or 14 Ingredients to Always Avoid in Skincare Products.)  A few years ago I became super vigilant about looking at labels, scanning the ingredient list for some of the big offenders. I wanted to avoid parabens, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, dyes, 1-4 dioxane, petroleum based ingredients, and–most recently–nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are chemical packets small enough to enter our circulatory system routinely used in sunscreens, cosmetic and as ‘absorption enhancers” in a wide range of other consumer products, such as deodorants. Read more about hazards in our skincare products.

There are some products I am just not willing to do without, however. Deodorant is one of these, so I experimented with making my own.

Deodorant Recipe

There are some easy recipes out there, try one or two and see what works. A friend (who always smells delightful to me) swears by baking soda. Apply as a powder or mix with water and spray on.

[Editors note: Other things that work: mixing baking soda with the naturally antibacterial coconut oil. As well, magnesium spray is a great way to help improve your body’s natural odour and is easily absorbed through the arm pit.]

The recipe I’ve used with great success is simple and easy to make. I make a quick mix of half water and half white vinegar, add a few drops of tea tree oil and spray it on.

  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil

Combine, shake and spray. This last me 3 – 4 weeks.

During the winter I make sure to keep my skin hydrated, including my armpits. A drop or two of olive oil after a shower keeps my skin skin soft and supple.

By Green Mama contributor Cecelia Ungari.

Photo source – Shutterstock

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