All of the cosmetics that we apply to our skin, especially deodorants that are applied every day, are absorbed into our skin and bloodstream very fast. Most deodorants on the market are antiperspirants that contain aluminium, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and other harmful ingredients. Aluminium is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Carefully read the declarations in cosmetics and don’t let small children use anything but natural cosmetics.
As there are not many effective aluminium free deodorants in the market, I started making my own aluminium free deodorant and it turned out great.
What’s so good about this homemade aluminium free deodorant:
- it is inexpensive
- doesn’t contain harmful substances
- can be effective for up to several days (depending on how much zinc cream and essential oils you add)
- it doesn’t clog the pores
- doesn’t poison our bodies with chemicals as most cosmetics on the market do.
Antiperspirants block the sweat glands. Sweat can’t get out of the body. That’s why they are appreciated, even though they are not good for health. With sweating, we are getting rid of the harmful toxins from our body.
By blocking the sweat glands, we don’t let the body clean itself. Of course, the smell of sweaty armpits isn’t pleasant. However, thirty years ago it was considered normal and no one was too bothered about it. Because sweating is a normal function of our body, which serves its purpose. And we have shut down this function, risking our health.
Everyone, of course, has the right to choose for himself. Deodorants and antiperspirants industry more and more often induce caution in people who are not indifferent to their health. Perhaps that’s why homemade aluminium free deodorants, recently became increasingly popular.
Despite the simplicity of preparation and availability of ingredients, aluminium free deodorants are not any less effective than the purchased aluminium deodorants, they certainly eliminate the smell of sweat from morning till evening. In addition, they absolutely do not have any negative impact on our body.
Aluminium free deodorant recipe:
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- ½ cup of pure corn starch
- 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil (viscous and suitable for densely creamy spread)
Supplements that increase the efficiency of aluminium free deodorant:
- 2-3 drops of Vitamin E
- used as a preservative
- preferably use vitamin E oil
- you can crush the tablet or capsule with the vitamin E
- 10 drops of essential oil of your choice
- some essential oils are antimicrobial (bacteria is the one causing the unpleasant smell of sweating)
- oils of cinnamon, clove and thyme work great but can cause sensitivity so try them out before using in the recipe
- recommended are sandalwood, lavender, lemon and neem oil
- 10 cm zinc cream/paste
- has an extremely antimicrobial activity and helps with acne, rashes and wound healing
- since most of us are lacking zinc, a small addition of zinc in absorbed deodorant will suit us well
- adjusting the amount of this ingredient, and reducing the amount of oil, can increase the efficiency of aluminium free deodorant
- In a smooth metal or ceramic bowl combine baking soda, corn starch and olive or coconut oil.
- Add other supplements; vitamin E, essential oil and zinc cream.
- Mix it well, denser mixture means it is more effective.
- Don’t add more than 10 drops of essential oils.
- If you experience a burning sensation or redness you probably need to reduce the amount of baking soda – adjust the ratio with starch from 1:2 to 1:4.
Unpleasant odor is caused by bacteria, and not sweating. Mentioned essential oils have strong antimicrobial properties and should significantly reduce the number of these odorous bacteria, and they have a nice smell.
This aluminium free deodorant will not stop sweat, you will sweat normally, but there will be no odor and that is the key to a healthy deodorant.
Check out our recipe for making homemade perfume too.
What do you think about regular aluminium deodorants sold in most stores?