We have been raised for decades believing that deodorant was an absolute necessity. You need it like sunlight and water to survive, if not the earth would endure of nuclear winter due to excessive stinkiness. Hyperbole aside, we never think about how deodorant is made, what chemicals are put in it, and what natural secretions it might impede. We think that deodorant comes from this magical place or it is some complex amalgamation that only the most assiduous of scientists of Old Spice can muster. That is hardly true. That is why we have your Essential Oil DIY Deodorant.
Essential Oil DIY Deodorant
Why do we need an Essential Oil DIY Deodorant? Well, honestly you don’t. I don’t use deodorant most of the year. If fact, I would say that I use deodorant even sparingly in the summer. And I either have a natural deodorant in my bathroom or a DIY one. Now while some of you might have your jaw agape, let me explain why.
On a practical level, natural deodorants can be pricey. Perhaps $4-$5. If you are slapping that roll in your axilla several times a day you are going to go through that roll in a week. Incidentally, I see that commonly at the gym to which I belong. Young men spraying deodorant for literally 20 seconds. I want to tell them “Use a mask so you don’t inhale those toxic fumes!”
If you want a natural store-bought deodorant try this one on Amazon:
The other reason I don’t use deodorant daily is that deodorant (for the sake of ease when I state “deodorants” I also include “antiperspirants” in that definition) blocks your natural pheromones. What are pheromones? They are essentially our musk or scent that attract us to the opposite sex.
Each person has their own unique scent due to the unique skin microbiome that reside and ingest skin cells and other things in the areas of the body where we have a preponderance of sebaceous glands. That causes each of us to release our own unique scent.
Those pheromones smells are detected by the opposite sex and are seen to be attractive to them (especially women during ovulation) so using deodorants blocks that mating scent. Don’t pay attention to those propaganda Axe deodorant commercials where a guy uses their product and tons of nubile beauties lavish attention all over them.
That is not to say I don’t wear deodorant because I’m trying to get a woman. Far from it. I’m MGTOW (Men Going My Own Way), but my point is that I don’t use deodorant because I rarely sweat in the axilla and no one is coming close enough to me to smell it to tell me if it is an unattractive scent. Throw in the cost aspect, the inhibition of pheromones, plus the innumerable toxins and perhaps you can see why I forsake deodorants.
Essential Oil DIY Deodorant
Let’s talk about our Essential Oil DIY Deodorant. Aside from saving money making deodorants from scratch, the main reason we need a Essential Oil DIY Deodorant is due to the toxins that are found in commercial deodorants.
Commercial deodorants are rather inexpensive, perhaps $2/bar, unlike the natural ones. That is mostly due to the fact that commercial deodorants use cheap preservatives and more water while natural ones must use more natural herbal and botanical ingredients which raise the price.
Plus these organic companies know that #cleanliving people tend to be wealthier and are willing to spend more money on it. That is why they raise the price even higher. Think of Whole “Paycheck”…err…Whole Foods Market.
Let’s look at some of the ingredients in conventional deodorant. The most alarming would be aluminum and parabens. Aluminum is a heavy-metal toxin that should never be absorbed by the body. (You might be thinking of aluminum cans lined with BPA that soda companies use. Yep…not good.) Exposure to aluminum may lead to neurologic problems and cancer. Check out our Holistic Health News episode on deodorants below.
Parabens are a group of chemicals that are used as preservatives. They are commonly found in deodorants, lotions, lip balm, sunscreen, and most makeups. You might ask “Why would a non-food item need to be preserved?” Good question: well, if they didn’t have them those cosmetic items would stink to high-heaven, lose their color and/or consistency.
The issue with methylparaben, propylparaben and other parabens is that they are KNOWN hormone-disruptors. An accumulation of them throughout your lifetime can affect your fertility, thyroid, adrenal glands as well as lead to weight gain and cancer. They are a serious problem.
So let’s focus on our Essential Oil DIY Deodorant. It is simple to make and versatile. The framework of it is coconut oil. Yes, the same coconut oil use swish in your mouth, cook your eggs in, rinse your hair with and apply to moisturize your skin. It is truly a versatile agent due to its high saturated fat content. From there we throw in some agents that are used as antimicrobial agents like baking soda. And the piece de resistance are the oils.
Essential oils are the most potent form of whichever botanical or herbal source from which it is extracted. They are strong. The podcast arm of Naturopathic Earth, Holistic Health News (HHN), recently did an episode entitled Dos & Don’ts of Essential Oils. In it we discuss whether oils should be ingested, how to apply them to your skin using a carrier oil, and at what rate should they be diffused. If you use Eos consistently, it is recommended you listen to this episode.
Oils are used for a host of maladies. From anxiety to digestive issues; from headaches to cleaning sprays. Check out some of our other Essential Oil recipes we have for cleaning your feet and shoes to cleaning the house.
In this Essential Oil DIY Deodorant it is essentially up to you which oils you would like to use. All of them are good anti-fungals and anti-microbials, but unlike the strong preservatives and chemicals used on conventional deodorants, these don’t adversely affect your skin microbiome nor do they lead to cancer. That being said, it is very important NEVER to apply essential oils directly to the skin. You must use a carrier oil, like coconut oil.
Mix and match these various combinations to find the odor you like the most or just to mix it up in general. Enjoy!
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Place the coconut oil in a mason jar or Pyrex (heat-safe glass container). Place the jar in several inches of water. Heat over medium heat until melted. Once melted, remove jar from heat and allow to cool for a minute. Add the oils, arrowroot, and baking soda. Mix well. It will solidify fast so pour into smaller containers if that is your preference. If not leave in mason jar. These other oils are great to use. Clove, cinnamon, orange, juniper, bergamot, cedarwood, patchouli, lemon.
Place the coconut oil in a mason jar or Pyrex (heat-safe glass container).
Place the jar in several inches of water. Heat over medium heat until melted.
Once melted, remove jar from heat and allow to cool for a minute.
Add the oils, arrowroot, and baking soda. Mix well.
It will solidify fast so pour into smaller containers if that is your preference. If not leave in mason jar.
These other oils are great to use. Clove, cinnamon, orange, juniper, bergamot, cedarwood, patchouli, lemon.