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How to Make Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Harmful Ingredients To Avoid in Your Deodorant

Learn how to make safe and toxin-free homemade natural deodorant, and which harmful ingredients to avoid in conventional store-bought deodorants!

Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants

Ever since learning about all the toxins present in conventional deodorants, I stopped using deodorant for years. Luckily, I’m not much of a sweater so this was working out for me fine. If I felt a bit stinky, especially after a workout, I would just wash my underarms and was good to go.

However, after moving to Southern California, summers here can get pretty darn hot and sweating all day is just inevitable. I couldn’t just get away with not using deodorant anymore in the recent months, so I decided to make my own. I wasn’t sure if I would like my hippy-dippy version and if it would actually work, but I’ve been using it for over a month now and I absolutely love it. It gets rid of the stink and sweat, and it doesn’t stain any of my clothes like other deodorants I have a tried.

Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants

But before I share the recipe, I want to share just WHY I stopped using conventional deodorants and the ingredients in them that I don’t want to apply on my skin ever. Our skin is our biggest organ and it absorbs everything we put on it, so being extra diligent about reading the ingredient labels is so important. After all, the toxins and certain chemicals in these products alter our hormones, burden our liver, and are linked to various types of cancers. Who wants that?

Here are the top 5 ingredients to avoid in conventional deodorants:

1. Parabens

Parabens are extremely common in the US, and it can be found in both skin care products and food. They are used as a preservative, but also are known to mimic estrogen and cause hormonal imbalances by accumulating in our tissues. A study showed a presence of parabens in 99% of the breast tumor tissue samples.

You can usually spot parabens on the ingredients list easily (They are found in 75-90% of all products on the market!), because they are followed by some kind of prefix like methylparaben, and propylparaben.

2. Triclosan

Triclosan is a type of pesticide that you’ll find in most deodorants on the market because of its ability to kill bacteria. It is also an endocrine disruptor and can also be carcinogenic when it comes in contact with chlorine in tap water. As we know, it’s not too difficult for our deodorant to come in contact with water, especially when we apply right after showering.

3. Aluminum-based Compounds

Aluminum-based compounds are used because of their ability to block the body from sweating by blocking the pores, which sounds ideal for antiperspirants. However, this ingredient is easily absorbed by the body and accumulates overtime.

This study has linked long term use of deodorants with earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis. Aluminum exposure has also been linked to interfering with estrogen levels, which increases the risk of cancers, and causing brain health issues like Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Fragrances/Pthalates

Chemical fragrances in deodorant products are very common and they usually come with pthalates, which help lotions penetrate the skin and fragrances last longer. Pthalates are a bit trickier than other ingredients to spot on the label, because they are usually listed as one of the following acronyms: DBP, DHP, DBP5, and DEHP.

Pthalates are also endocrine disruptors and known to cause kidney and liver cancers. While most studies I found on pthalates and their harmful effects were done on animals, I’d rather be safe than sorry and steer clear, especially when they are considered probable carcinogens by the EPA.

5. Propylene Glycol 

Propylene glycol is used to retain moisture in products, and it’s also used the auto industry in brake and hydraulic fluid. It is a form of mineral oil, which can block the pores and cause skin allergies and/or rashes. It has also been linked to liver and kidney damage.

You may be able to spot propylene glycol (also can be listed as PEG) easily on the deodorant label, because it is usually one for the first 2 ingredients on the list.


Are you surprised by the toxic chemicals that are present in our store-bought deodorants? Keep in mind that many of these ingredients are actually banned in Europe because of their harmful effects. Until our country steps up their game, I’ll gladly make my own homemade natural deodorant to avoid these cancer-causing chemicals.

If you don’t want to make your own deodorant, these are some my top favorite safer choices that actually work:

Native Deodorant

Primal Pit Paste

Honestly pHresh Magnesium Roll-On

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in DeodorantsHomemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants

Homemade Natural Deodorant
 
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  1. In a double boiler or a microwave, melt together shea butter and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot powder. Stir together.
  3. Add essential oils, if using, then pour into a glass jar and let cool. You can cool in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
  4. To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a small amount and rub on your armpits until invisible. A little goes a long way!

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How to Make Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Harmful Ingredients To Avoid in Your Deodorant

Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

coffee body scrubSeveral months ago, we decided to buy a new brand of coffee at the grocery because it was on sale. We’ve never tried it before and were excited to open the bag to breathe in the wonderful roasted smell of coffee beans. However, that familiar smell was barely there. Slightly confused, we decided maybe it’ll taste fine and brewed it, hoping for the best. Sadly, the coffee had zero flavor and I didn’t want to drink more than a sip of it. You know it’s real bad when I don’t even try to finish a cup of coffee.

Since I never throw out food if I can help it, I was determined to use the bad tasting coffee for something, and after much thought, I decided to make a coffee body scrub that I ended up loving so much, I’ve now made and have gone through several batches of the stuff with the same coffee grinds.

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrubWhat I love about this coconut coffee body scrub is that it really leaves your body so soft and smooth. The combination of the coffee and the sugar exfoliates the body while waking up the skin, and the coconut oil is so soothing and moisturizing. Also, coffee is known to be rejuvenating and nourishing for the skin. Here are some of the known benefits:

Benefits of Coffee For the Skin

  1. Coffee, along with coconut oil, contains antioxidants that are known to reduce the signs of aging (bye bye, wrinkles!). Antioxidants are also great for reducing inflammation, which may help with improving acne or other skin conditions.
  2. Caffeine in the coffee gets absorbed by the skin and increases blood flow into our skin. This is why you don’t want to use decaf coffee for this recipe. It’s the caffeine that increases circulation and brings radiance to the skin.
  3. Coffee scrubs are known to reduce the appearance of cellulite, contributing further to leaving your skin feel ultra-smooth and firm.
  4. The scrub is so effective in exfoliating the skin. The combination of coffee and sugar physically work so well in removing dead skin cells, and the massaging action while using the scrub also stimulates lymphatic drainage. It really does help the skin look brighter and more beautiful!

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrub

Coconut Coffee Body Scrub
 
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  • ½ cup ground coffee (must be dry and caffienated)
  • ⅓ cup organic cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 5-7 drop lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients together and place in a jar. You can leave this at room temperature, as long as no water or moisture enters.
  3. Massage onto face and body in gentle, circular motion. Wash off after 5-10 minutes.
Notes
If you want to use coffee grinds that has already been used, dehydrate them in the oven for at its lowest setting. Any moisture may cause mold in the container.

DIY Homemade Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

homemade clay toothpasteHomemade clay toothpaste is something I started attempting after I became a fan of Earthpaste, an all-natural toothpaste without chemicals and additives. I hate that conventional toothpaste contain hormone disruptors like triclosan and fluoride, unnecessary artificial sweeteners, and foaming agents like DEA which is linked with various cancers. No thank you. While Earthpaste worked for me for a while, I didn’t like that it had a sweet flavor and I thought it would be fun to make my own.

As a side note, my dental health has improved dramatically through the past several years as I changed my diet and started using natural toothpastes. Remember: your dental health reflects your overall health in general, so if you find that you are prone to cavities and inflammation in your gums, it’s worth looking into your diet and finding out what imbalances are happening in your body.

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

Why Use Clay?

Clay, specifically bentonite clay, is known to contain an abundance of beneficial trace minerals and vitamins and has traditionally been used to boost immunity and to treat mineral deficiencies. It also has an amazing quality of binding to heavy metals, toxins, bacteria, and harmful substances so they can be removed from body. When used in toothpaste, it helps remineralize our teeth with calcium and magnesium, and its binding component also cleans out the mouth of any bacteria that may be forming.

Coupled with stain-reducing baking soda, the antibacterial component of coconut oil, and essentials oils that optimize their effectiveness, this recipe makes an awesome toothpaste that leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Remember, When Using Bentonite Clay…

Bentonite clay should NOT come in contact with any metals. When this happens, it loses its effectiveness because it absorbs the metals that it comes in contact with. When using bentonite clay, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers.

Also, I recommend you purchase bamboo toothbrushes to reduce your exposure to plastic (something like this). Making small changes to our daily routine can ensure that we reduce the amount of toxins that enter our body and the environment, while saving money at the same time if you go the DIY route!

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste
Homemade Clay Toothpaste
 
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  • 3 tbsp bentonite clay
  • ¼ cup filtered water + more, if needed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like the combo of peppermint and thieves)
Instructions
  1. In a glass, plastic, ceramic container (do NOT use metal), mix together bentonite clay, melted coconut oil, and water with a non-metal spoon until well mixed.
  2. Add baking soda and essential oils and mix again.
  3. If the toothpaste is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  4. Put in a glass or plastic container, where you can dip your toothbrush to use the toothpaste. Alternatively, if you have other people using the toothpaste as well, you can store in a bpa-free plastic squeeze tube.

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DIY Homemade Clay Toothpaste