Hey y’all! So I recently tried a new homemade deodorant recipe….not expecting anything at all to happen when I used it, but I was SO BLOWN AWAY with how well it worked, so I have to tell you about it. I’m so excited to have tried this recipe!! You’re going to be shocked when you find out what’s in it. 🙂
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So before I get into that, I just gotta say…I’ve tried just about every deodorant on the planet and have never found one that I was really happy with until now. Before I made the all-natural switch in my health habits, I tried probably every “regular” deodorant out there. Every scent, every brand, regular strength and clinical strength…None seemed any better than the other. They all worked for a short while, and seemed to just mask smells with overpowering perfumey smells. I didn’t like that at all. I didn’t want to smell perfumey from deodorant. When someone smells like perfumey deodorant, you can tell its deodorant. And it just grosses me out. Haha..Unscented deodorant didn’t seem any better. I also didn’t want something that just works for a few hours and needs to be reapplied. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
When I started going all-natural with my health habits I started reading and researching about how bad the “regular” deodorant is for you. Basically all of them contain aluminum for antiperspirant, “fragrance”, which contains who knows what, and nasty preservatives like parabens. These ingredients are no good! Lets take a look at why we should be avoiding these things…
Aluminum- When doing research about aluminum, I came across many sources that say that aluminum is linked to cancer. There are just as many sources that say that aluminum can’t be linked to cancer. With so many conflicting sources claiming different things, how can we know if an ingredient is bad or not? Its tricky and really frustrating as a consumer facing this issue.. So I’m not going to sit here and say aluminum causes cancer. I’ll just tell you the things that have been confirmed in research even though it still leaves many questions to be answered. In short, aluminum has zero function in the human body, so putting it IN our bodies is going to be questionable. Our bodies have no use for aluminum, so when we put something into our bodies that has no place being there we don’t know what the consequences might be. This article explains many ways that aluminum affects our health. They site their own sources for the research from actual scientific studies, which I like. I don’t like to quote sources that don’t seem reputable. Some things they mention are that it accumulates in our bones, brains, liver and kidney. It also “robs” our bodies of helpful things like magnesium, calcium, and iron. It is also speculated that it could be linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It doesn’t seem like they’ve confirmed or denied the links to cancer or Alzheimer’s, but if something could contribute to a major disease like those, I think its better to be safe than sorry, right?
Fragrance- “Fragrance” is a vague blanket term that can include many ingredients that companies don’t have to disclose to use because fragrances are considered “trade secrets” that they aren’t required to reveal. This is why I don’t trust anything that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Even the natural deodorants contain fragrance as an ingredient. It seems harmless enough, but that fragrance will have its own long list of ingredients used to make it. Many ingredients in fragrance are carcinogenic chemicals, or toxins that will disrupt our hormones and affect our bodies in other awful terrible ways. Check out this article! It has great research about the harmful effects of fragrances and a full list of all the potential side effects of the chemicals used in them.
Parabens- Deodorants and antiperspirants are some of the primary sources of parabens found in our bodies. That’s scary! Parabens are preservatives they put just about everything these days to keep our products from growing bacteria or mold. Parabens mimic estrogen and disrupt our hormones, which affect everything in our bodies and have also been linked to cancer. Surprise, surprise, right? This article talks more about parabens and their link to breast cancer specifically.
Antiperspirants in general are also questionable for our health. Our bodies are made to sweat, and sweating helps rid our bodies of toxins and keeps us from overheating, so its a good thing to sweat! God designed our bodies to sweat for a reason, so clogging our pores with things to stop the sweating can’t be good.
Natural Options I Tried Before This..
So to stay away from these ingredients, I tried a natural homemade deodorant made with witch hazel and tea tree essential oil which was okay…It did work for a while, but it needed to be reapplied after awhile too. I’ve seen countless deodorant recipes on Pinterest involving baking soda and coconut oil but those never appealed to me because baking soda is extremely alkaline, and I personally don’t think its a good idea to be have a highly alkaline substance like baking soda sitting on our most sensitive underarm skin all day long. Our skin has a natural pH of 4.5 to 6 and baking soda has a pH around 9. When we use baking soda, it disrupts the acid mantle on our skin, which can cause damage and discomfort to the skin. This is why so many people get a rash from using baking soda in their homemade deodorant. Coconut oil is obviously great for your skin! I use it in most of my homemade products, but I worried that it would cause the underarm area of my shirts to stain from the oil. Oil stains don’t really come out! At least I don’t know how to get them out, so I didn’t want to ruin my tops with coconut oil stains! So for awhile I just used a natural brand of deodorant from the store that didn’t contain aluminum. It still smelled extremely perfumey to mask any odors, and I just assumed there was no way around the gross perfumey deodorants.. UNTIL I found THIS magnesium deodorant recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Wellness Mama! You should definitely read and subscribe to her blog if you haven’t already. If you enjoy my blog and all things homemade and natural, you’ll LOVE her blog. Its full of natural remedies, homemade and DIY things and so much information about living naturally and getting healthy! I’ve learned so much from her blog and it inspires me all the time. 🙂
To Make Magnesium Oil Deodorant..
See the recipe I linked to above! Its so easy, the deodorant is simply magnesium oil, and essential oils of your choice. That’s it! You don’t even have to use essential oils if you don’t want to. I made my own magnesium oil (which is not actually oil, its magnesium flakes (I bought these!) dissolved in water.) You can find directions for making your own magnesium oil on Wellness Mama’s blog here..which is how I learned. 🙂
Once I had the magnesium oil, I just put a few drops of lavender and tea tree oil in there with it. I chose tea tree oil because its great at killing bacteria which is what causes odors to begin with. Our sweat is odorless, but when it mixes with the bacteria on our skin, it causes the odor, so adding tea tree oil is great for killing any underarm bacteria to prevent bad smells. I added lavender just because I love the scent. I only put a few drops, so it isn’t strong at all. In fact, I barely smell anything when I spray the deodorant on- just a faint smell of the tea tree and lavender. You can add whatever oils you like for scent, or just leave it plain! Spray it on your underarms after a shower, rub it in a bit and it dries very quickly. I am honestly in awe of how well this works. I’ve tried to do research to find out WHY it works but haven’t been able to find much. I know that magnesium deficiency can cause excessive sweating so giving our bodies magnesium could potentially help us sweat less, but I couldn’t find a link between magnesium and odor…All I know is IT WORKS! For real! I apply this after a shower at night, as well as in the morning before I get dressed, just to be safe, and I smell nothing at all after a full day at work, cooking over a hot stove, and working out. I still sweat using this because its not an antiperspirant, but I don’t sweat as much as I used to even when I used antiperspirant- maybe because I was deficient in magnesium before, causing me to sweat more? Just a hypothesis. When I do sweat, it doesn’t smell like anything at all. Its really amazing! I hope that’s not TMI, but I want to tell you all how amazing this stuff is! I won’t have to smell like gross perfumey deodorant ever again!
Just a heads up!!
Just a little warning, magnesium will BURN when you first start using it. If you read the posts from Wellness Mama I linked to above, she goes into more detail about this, but basically if you’re deficient in magnesium, which most people are, it will tingle, burn, itch or cause some discomfort while your body is getting used to it. Magnesium deficiency is a serious thing, and applying magnesium topically is the best way to get more of it! I actually spray the magnesium oil “deodorant” over other parts of my body sometimes to get more magnesium into my body. I highly recommend reading Wellness Mama’s free ebook on how magnesium changed her life. It goes into the science of how magnesium helps us and all the things it will benefit if you start to get more of it! The link to her ebook can be found on this post. Magnesium deficiency leads to all sorts of troubles, so its better to start getting more now. 🙂
Edit: ALSO- don’t apply it after your shower if you just shaved your under arms. It will burn like crazy. I made this mistake once. Haha! Wait a few hours after shaving to apply it!
I know it totally sounds like she paid me to write this, haha, but I promise, I don’t even know Wellness Mama! I just really love her blog, and this recipe was a real game changer for me and I want everyone to know about it, and I can’t claim to have come up with it on my own, so I gotta give credit where credit is due! If you try this let me know if it works as well for you as it does for me! I really hope so!! No more gross perfumey deodorant full of chemicals for me!