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At the risk of sounding like I don’t have good hygiene habits, I’m going to admit to the fact that I’ve stopped using antiperspirant.
Not to worry, though. I still take showers, and I still wear deodorant, just not antiperspirant.
Until just recently, I never even thought about the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. For years, I had always just used the same drugstore brand that my mother used, and I never thought much about what was in it.
What’s Wrong with Antiperspirants?
Now that I know more about what’s actually in many antiperspirants, though, I’ve chosen not to use them anymore.
Most antiperspirants have an aluminum-based active ingredient to close up the pores to prevent sweating. Even if there might not be enough evidence to prove that aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and cancer, I would rather be safe than sorry. And is all that aluminum something I really want to be putting into my body anyways? Probably not. And then there’s the fact that a lot of antiperspirants also have other questionable ingredients such as parabens, propylene glycol, preservatives, and artificial fragrances.
I also don’t really think it’s the best idea to try to close up the pores on our underarms to prevent sweating the way most antiperspirants are formulated to do. Since I believe that God designed out bodies to cool down and to release toxins through sweat, I don’t think it’s really a good idea to be messing around with that process.
It’s funny, though, because a lot of the time, it seems like the more you try to stop your body from sweating by slathering on an antiperspirant, the more your body overcompensates for it by producing even more sweat. I’ve found myself that by not using the antiperspirant anymore, I actually sweat less than I used to because my body has been able to find more of a balance again.
What About B.O.?
Of course, nobody wants to walk around smelling like they haven’t taken a shower in a month. That’s where deodorants come in. Natural deodorants can keep you smelling fresh and clean without all of the nasty chemicals.
Once I had decided to stop using antiperspirants, I tried a couple of different natural deodorant options. Unfortunately, most of them were pretty expensive and not all of them worked very well either. That’s not to say that there aren’t any good store bought natural deodorant options out there. I just found something that works better for me.
What’s the Solution?
The cheapest, simplest, and the most effective natural deodorant I’ve tried, is a homemade one using baking soda, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and essential oils for fragrance. I haven’t done the math to figure out the exact cost, but since the ingredients listed will make several batches and since each batch will last for quite a while, it’s much more economical than the store bought ones.
This is the homemade deodorant recipe I’ve been using to make my DIY deodorant. I reduced the amount of baking soda a bit to make it better for sensitive skin, and my favorite blend of essential oils to use is a mix of lavender and orange or lavender and bergamot, but you can use whichever oils are your favorite.
There are lots of great homemade deodorant variations out there. Here are some other ideas to try:
Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin by Oh Lardy
How to Make DIY Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin by Better Mind Body Soul
Homemade Natural Coconut Oil Deodorant by The Prairie Homestead
DIY Spray Deodorant by Kula Mama
Have you made the switch yet from drugstore antiperspirants to natural deodorants?
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