It's been over a year since I made my first batch of non-toxic and plastic-free deodorant, and I can't stop raving about it! One application lasts all day, keeps my pits dry, and smells amazing! Before I started reducing my eco-footprint, I used one of those popular drug store brands that smelled like a synthetic "tropical breeze." I have a temperamental lymph system, and mainstream deodorant would cause the nodes in my armpits to swell. No big surprise-- the deodorant I was using was antiperspirant. It would block my sweat glands with a slew of toxic chemicals (parabens, phthalates, aluminum and synthetic fragrances to name a few) that have been linked to serious health complications. I urge you to research the ingredients in not just your deodorant, but in all of your body products. It's shocking to find out how many "natural" cosmetics and body care products are unclean and unhealthy for you and the planet.
I'd tried some of the popular natural deodorant brands on and off, but they didn't work for me. Most of the "healthy" deodorants out there are still packaged in plastic and usually hit the landfill. We can avoid this waste by making our own or choosing products that are packaged responsibly (glass, metal, or compostable).
What We Can Do:
- Make our own deodorant! My deodorant recipe contains coconut oil -- I haven't had a problem with the oil staining any of my clothes.
- Look for a deodorant that isn't packaged in plastic and doesn't contain the chemicals I mentioned above. The cleanest products usually have the least amount of ingredients. Simple is best!
If my recipe doesn't work for your body, than I encourage you not to give up on making your own deodorant. Try adjusting my recipe, creating your own, or experimenting with someone else's.