I don’t just make food in my kitchen, sometimes I like making non edible things, too. Actually, this deodorant is technically 100% edible, although I definitely wouldn’t recommend eating it.
Do commercial deodorants and antiperspirants cause cancer? I don’t know, and even if I did know, I wouldn’t be in a position to tell you about it. But I can tell you that aluminum and parabens, both common ingredients in deodorants/antiperspirants, have been linked to cancer in one way or another. Aluminum and parabens have both been found to mimic estrogen in the body, which some scientists say promotes the growth of cancer cells. And since we slather deodorant all over the thin directly next to our breasts and lymph nodes, usually after shaving, that area is more susceptible to absorbing and storing these chemicals.
…And that’s totally the pits! I’ll be here all night, folks.
But cancer risks aside, I like using this stuff for a few other reasons. It’s cheap. It’s compact. It feels good on the skin. And it works. Like, it really works. It works better than regular deodorant, and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t be using it if it didn’t. Even Chaser – my sweaty, stinky, manly-man of a husband – uses it, and as a result is neither sweaty nor stinky.
I always used to notice a film on my pits from the deodorant I was using (I was always a devotee of Dove, for the record), that was really difficult to wash off in the shower. That’s the aluminum. It forms a barrier on your skin and clogs your pores in order to prevent you from sweating. That’s what makes it an “antiperspirant.” But sweating is a good thing! It’s the mechanism our bodies use to cool us off and rid us of toxins. This recipe uses baking soda to neutralize odors and corn starch to absorb sweat. It allows your pits to breath. And breathing pits are happy pits.
Okay, this is getting weirder and weirder. I’m just going to leave you with this: Watch the video. Make the deodorant. Take it for a test drive. Let me know what you think!
Pinky swear I’ll be back with more food next week. 🙂
For more information and to purchase the Doterra oils I use in this recipe, see here.
One Year Ago: Grilled Peas in the Pod
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted, or more as needed
- Essentials oils to scent, optional (I use 20 drops lavender, 20 drops lemongrass and 5 drops tea tree oil)
- Mix together the corn starch, baking soda and coconut oil until smooth. Stir in essential oils, if using, then pour into a jar or container. It will solidify once it sits and returns to room temperature. Store in the medicine cabinet.
- To use, scoop out about 1/4 teaspoon and use your fingers to rub into your armpits. It works especially well right after a shower.
- If it's warm in the house and the deodorant melts, just be sure to give it a good stir before using, as the coconut oil tends to separate. You can also opt to store it in the fridge to prevent this.