In one of my latest post, I shared some alternatives to conventional sunscreen (you can find the post HERE) and I was happy to see that this interested many of you! Today I will continue this small series with some alternatives to conventional deodorant.
I am sure you heard about the whole debate on deodorants containing aluminum and how this is related to breast cancer!? Well, aluminium is only one in a long list of chemicals you can find in conventional deodorants and which are all linked to hormone disruptions and/or cancer. Parabenes like butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben are found not only in deodorants but in almost all conventional cosmetics and they have a negativ impact on the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.
Putting these chemicals on our skin is actually worse than eating them, because they enter the bloodstream without any filtering. (Whereas when we eat, enzymes in the saliva and stomach break down what’s ingested and flush it out of the body). This does not only concern deodorants but ALL conventional cosmetics. But today, let’s talk deodorant.
I want to show you three options for alternatives to the conventional choices in today’s blogpost; a “normal” natural and organic one, a 100% plastic free and organic choice, and a homemade option.
You can find organic, all natural options from many brands and most of them come in a glass jar so you do not even get too much plastic into your household through buying them. I am currently using a deo from Primavera which contains lavender and bamboo and which smells super nice. It works great, comes in a glass and can be found both online and in some organic markets. A deodorant like this one is like the “easiest” choice when you switch over from conventional to natural.
You can also find 100% plastic free deodorants out there, even though you maybe have to search a few minutes longer to find them. I tried a plastic free option from Organic Essence which I found through the plastic free online shop Monomeer. This deodorant is not only plastic free but also natural and organic and contains only a few essential oils and other natural ingredients such as coconut oil, arrowroot root powder, and baking soda.
Since a deodorant actually only needs a very few natural ingredients to work, it is actually the easiest thing ever to make your own deodorant; all you need is some starch, some natron/baking soda and some kind of fatty base (you can shea butter or coconut oil or both). If you like you can add some scent by adding one or two drops of an essential oil of your choice.
So here is what I used:
1 Tbs Starch
1 Tbs Natron
1 Tbs Shea Butter
2 Tbs Coconutoil
2 Drops of this essential oil
You may want to heat up the coconut oil and/or shea butter a little bit so that it becomes fluid. It makes it easier to mix all ingredients. Otherwise you just have to mix all ingredients together and put the deodorant in a small jar. I prefer using very small ones which I can easily bring with me when I travel.
That’s it for today. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will be happy to help as good as I can 🙂 I hope you found this post helpful and thought provoking and I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!