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The pros and cons of using store-bought deodorant have been debated for years. Both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s have been linked to deodorants, and it’s the suspect ingredients lurking in drugstore deodorant sprays that are to be blamed.
As their name implies, antiperspirant deodorants aim to prevent the body from sweating. They typically contain aluminium compounds, which plug the ducts. However, it is NOT the sweat itself that causes odour; armpits stink when bacteria start to breed in the sweat.
Non-antiperspirant deodorant only deals with the odour and won’t stop the sweating, which is much healthier. Most truly natural deodorants fall into this category. A homemade perfume or deodorant is usually formulated with pure essential oils, aloe, and zinc oxide.
Homemade Lemongrass Antibacterial Deodorant Paste
Try this simple homemade deodorant that helps minimize armpit wetness with a blend of lemongrass essential oil that helps combat bacteria with a fresh, stimulating aroma.
You Will Need:
- 100ml glass Jar with airtight lid
- 1 tbsp organic Shea Butter
- 1 tbsp organic Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Baking Soda
- 1/3 cup Arrowroot Powder
- 6 drops Lemongrass pure essential oil
In a double boiler, put the Coconut oil and the Shea butter over low heat and stir until they’re completely melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the baking soda and the arrowroot powder. Stir in the essential oil, and then pour into the jar.
This deodorant will stay soft at room temperature and can be used as an underarm deodorizing paste. Keep it in the refrigerator if you want it to be solid. Store the jar in a cool, dark place and use this homemade deodorant within 6 months.