This past summer I started getting serious about non-toxic and natural living. I’ve been on a health journey for a few years now, but hadn’t thought too much about what I was putting on my skin, breathing, etc. from household and bath and body products we use.
When it hit me that I needed to research more about, it I dove in with both feet.
I was disgusted with what I found.
The Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) has only banned around 30 ingredients from personal care and cosmetic products since the 1930’s compared to Canadian and European government agencies. Canada has banned about 600 ingredients and the European Union over 1,400.
I am not a huge fan of the job the FDA does on regulating a lot of things, especially approving so many pharmaceuticals that end up causing more harm than good, but that’s a different subject for another day.
What I didn’t realize until looking into it, is that basically their hands are tied, even if they wanted to take action on harmful ingredients used in the beauty industry. Congress would need to pass a law that would allow them to get more involved and take action on these nasty ingredients. They don’t seem in any hurry, so raspberries to Congress on this one! (boo-hiss-boo!!!)
So what conclusion did I come to from all this research? We each need to become our own household and beauty products police and decide what we will allow into our homes, breathe in and slather on our bodies. We have to be responsible for what we buy and use. We need to become informed about ingredients in the products we purchase and we need to boycott the purchase of products that can harm us and our family.
This led me to start making many of my own household cleaners and beauty products.
While I’ve been able to find some affordable clean toxin free products, in many cases they are either hard to find or to just to darn pricey.
Deodorant is one of those things.
Initially there were 2 main ingredients I wanted to avoid in our deodorant… aluminum and talc. Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and talc is linked to cancer. In my research I discovered there are 7 more toxic chemicals commonly present in most deodorants! They are:
- Aluminum Compounds.
- Propylene Glycol.
- TEA and DEA.
- Artificial Colors.
You can read more about this over at Don’t Mess With Mama
There are tons of good healthy and clean alternatives out there for deodorants in specialty stores and websites, but the price is a biggie for me. I just can’t justify spending an average of $7.50 to $15 for a small stick of deodorant. I did buy a few different ones, but just wasn’t happy with the products or didn’t think they worked well enough to spend that kind of money, so I came up with my own version of DIY non-toxic stick deodorant. Then later on, a spray deodorant that the hubs Mr. H and I both like surprisingly well. Mr. H has a manly man job working outside and while he is satisfied with the stick, he prefers the liquid spray deodorant over the stick. Who’da thunk it!?
Both act like an antiperspirant too! I have added a secret ingredient that works similar to minimize odor and moisture.
So without further ado, here are my 2 DIY non-toxic deodorant recipes. Try them both and let me know which one you like the best.
Celene’s DIY Stick Deodorant/Antiperspirant
- 1/4 C. Organic Beeswax
- 3/4 C. Organic Coconut Oil (solid)
- 3 T. Raw Organic Shea Butter
- 3/4 C. Organic Arrowroot Powder or Organic non-GMO Corn Starch
- 3 T. Baking Soda (if you have sensitive skin you may want to start with 1-2 tsp. Adjust as needed.
- 3 T Confectioners Sugar (my secret weapon – sugar is a great anti-microbial on your skin!)
- 15 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 25 Drops of any combination of your favorite essential oils. (my favorite is a mixture of lavender and vanilla but you could use lemon, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, bergamot or any other oils you like.)
- Melt the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler or a pan with water and a glass bowl on medium heat.
- Stir in the arrowroot, baking soda and confectioners sugar. I use regular sugar and a spice or coffee grinder to make confectioners sugar.
- Once all is combined well add the essential oils.
- Pour into deodorant containers and let completely cool. Do not put in refrigerator or freezer or it may crack.
Note: All oils are not alike. The FDA says that “100% pure” only has to contain ONLY 5% essential oil. I know… WTFrig, right?!! The rest can be fillers of who knows what. YUCK!! Be sure you only use oils that are exactly what they say they are and have no fillers of any kind. I’ve done tons of research to find the best…
I love Young Living Oils. If you are a member you get a 24% wholesale discount and can earn oils too! But if you don’t want to do that, I highly recommend Plant Therapy Oils. You don’t have to be a member and their prices are great, plus free shipping! Both companies offer pure high quality products with no fillers, do outside 3rd party testing on their oils and are very organic & environmentally conscious which means a whole lot in my book!
Now on to the spray version…
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Talk to you soon,