I absolutely LOVE this homemade deodorant because it helps with sweating, and keeps you smelling really sweet. Remember a deodorant is not an antiperspirant. An Antiperspirant stops you sweating by the use of aluminum compounds, which block your sweat ducts. Although aluminum is everywhere (in the water we drink, antacids, cookware etc), there is little to no proof that it can cause cancer or Alzheimers because of the very small amounts to which we are exposed. Obviously in extremely heavy doses, like many other minerals, it can be toxic, but don’t worry too much about the small amount in antiperspirant.
That said, I think it’s HEALTHY TO SWEAT! This is why I avoid antiperspirants unless I am on TV or speaking while wearing a silk shirt. I don’t like the idea of blocking my sweat glands, so I prefer to use a natural deodorant. Remember, the bad odor of sweat is only when it’s been hanging around a while and the bacteria gets to it. It’s the bacteria that smells so bad. So my homemade deodorant contains ingredients that are antibacterial – phew!
LEMONGRASS ANTI-BACTERIAL DEODORANT
You will need:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 6 drops lemongrass pure essential oil
Place the coconut oil, and the shea butter in a double boiler, and stir until it has all melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the baking soda and the arrowroot powder. Stir in the essential oil. Pour into either a 4-ounce jar, or a small mason jar.
Remember that at room temperature the deodorant will be soft (which I prefer,) but if you want it to be more solid, store it in the fridge.
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