Fair Trade & All-Natural Deodorant!

I could probably devote an entire blog just to my favorite fair trade coconut oil... I use it for cooking, baking, moisturizing, cleaning, oil pulling, and so much more!

I started using homeade deodorant years ago and haven't gone back. The potential health risks of conventional deodorants were just too great to ignore: your deodorant might contain dangerous ingredients that are known to cause cancer, brain damage, and liver abnormalities! Here are three of the worst culprits:

Parabens:  Parabens (look on the label for methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben or isobutylparaben)  are used in many skincare and cosmetic products. They function as a preservative to  discourage bacteria and fungus. Research indicates that parabens from lotions or deodorants absorb into the body and weakly mimic estrogen, wreaking havoc on the endocrine system. Parabens have, not surprisingly, been found in breast cancer tumors- did you know that over 55% of breast tumors are located on the upper outside of the breast, near the underarm? That fact alone is enough to reconsider your paraben-ridden deodorant!  

Aluminum: The active ingredient in many deodorants/antiperspirants is aluminum, which actually blocks the body from producing sweat. I'd really hesitate to use any chemical compound that inhibits a normal and useful bodily function... but aside from that, aluminum can cause neurological damage and contribute to diseases like Alzheimer's  and Parkinson's. Aluminum can enter and remain in a human bloodstream for up to two weeks after just one application of deodorant/antiperspirant. 

Propelene Glycol: Propelene Glycol, often used in deodorants, is an ingredient in antifreeze. Factory workers who are exposed to it are warned of the danger of kidney, brain, and liver damage through skin contact.  

I spent a period of time trying expensive "all natural" solutions, but found it difficult to find one that I really liked. Many brands were just too expensive, smelled weird, or left my skin dry, itchy, and red. homemade deodorant is cheap, easy to make, and leaves my underarm skin odor-free, residue-free, soft, and smelling faintly of coconut. 

You'll only need a few simple ingredients: baking soda, which neutralizes odor, arrowroot powder to absorb moisture, and tea tree and Dr Bronners fair trade coconut oil (both are antibacterials and antifungals, and the coconut oil is a great skin moisturizer).

1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
1/4 Cup of Arrowroot starch
4 Tb Coconut Oil
1/4 tsp Tea Tree Oil
Mix all ingredients together to form a paste/cream... and that's it!

To apply, just dip a finger in, hold it against your skin to warm the mixture for a second, and rub it in! A little goes a long way... I've never had trouble with it leaving spots on my clothing and I no longer have itchy, dry underarm skin issues!

 Say hello to happy, healthy, non-stinky armpits!