Many of us have heard about controversy over the use of aluminum salts in antiperspirants. Though it is unknown how much aluminum is actually absorbed by the skin when applied topically, many are concerned about the possible systemic effects. My philosophy is the less exposure to unnecessary chemicals of all forms, the better. So I’ve been looking for my own alternative. I’ve done my own experiments over the years with many different types of natural deodorants, from the crystals, to the pastes, and creams. So many products require frequent applications and leave you feeling insecure that you’re going to end up smelly. Not only are the products sometimes ineffective, they are often very expensive. I took a favorite product of mine and experimented with ingredients to make my own. I’ve been very happy with the results and it’s very inexpensive to make. Though this product is not an antiperspirant, but only a deodorant, I have found that my body has adjusted over time to sweat less. I have also heard similar accounts from others who have used this recipe. This recipe combination can be experimented with by adding more baking soda to increase the odor eliminating effects. Some people find they are sensitive to baking soda and get some irritation, but others can use more. It may take a few times to get the recipe just right, but I think you will be happy with the results. Here’s the recipe:
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
- 3-8 Tablespoons of baking soda depending on sensitivity. I prefer around 6 Tablespoons
- 1-2 tsp of beeswax pearls
- 10 drops of essential oil of your choice ( I use lavender)
Directions: combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar, and baking soda heat on low until dissolved. A double boiler method is the most gentle method of heating. Once dissolved, add beeswax, raise heat to medium or medium low until melted. Add in drops essential oil. Pour into small container. Place in the refrigerator for approximately 3o min until hardened.
Directions for Use: Use finger to scoop a small amount and apply directly. The product will warm and melt upon contact with your skin. Be careful that it’s absorbed before putting on clothes, as the oil may stain the clothes.