Natural Deodorants - keep your underarms happy!
Natural Deodorants are a great way to avoid parabens, aluminum, and neuro-toxins found in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
Deodorants work by creating a more acid, inhospitable environment to odor-producing bacteria, while antiperspirants clog or block the pores, cutting down on the amount of perspiration that leaves the body, thus giving the bacteria less to feed on.
It's fun, economical and easy to make deodorant. Homemade deodorants can actually be very effective in the fight against underarm funk. Natural deodorants don't curtail perspiration, but they should address underarm odor. There are two factors to address when formulating your natural underarm deodorant:
1. Create a more acid, astringent environment where odor-causing bacteria can't thrive.
2. Add a natural scent that is pleasant and counteracts any minor funk that does happen, with deodorizing botanicals.
Remember, perspiration is one of the ways that toxins leave the body, so it's not such a bad thing. Smells, however, can be embarrassing and unpleasant and this is where homemade, natural deodorants can really help you stay fresh all day.
A partial list of deodorizing botanicals for use in natural deodorants:
- Allspice** - Spicy and sweet, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, aphrodisiac
- Basil** - Warm, spicy and herbal, antiseptic and calming
- Bay - Spicy, sweet, fresh, and balsamic, antibiotic, antiseptic, and astringent
- Calendula - Gentle, cooling and soothing, great for sensitive skin as it calms inflammations
- Clary Sage** - Nutty, musky and herbaceous, astringent, deodorant, aphrodisiac
- Coriander - Musky, woody and spicy; aphrodisiac, bactericidal
- Cornmint** - Strong, fresh and minty; anesthetic, antimicrobial, antiseptic
- Cypress - Fresh, clean, and evergreen; deodorizing
- Eucalyptus** - Strong, woody and camphor-like; analgesic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, deodorizing
- Frankincense - Clean, dry, woody, fruity, pepper; anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial
- Grapefruit* - Citrus and floral; antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal
- Jasmine** - Rich, floral and tea-like; anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
- Hops Flower - Rich, spicy, sweet; antimicrobial, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal
- Lavender - Fresh, herbaceous and floral; anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, deodorant
- Lemon* - Clean, citrus, sugary, spicy; antibiotic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal
- Lime Peel*/** - Citrus, tart, sweet; antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant
- Lovage** - Fresh, celery, sweet and spicy; antimicrobial, antiseptic, cleansing, deodorant
- Myrrh** - Hot, smoky, herbaceous; anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent
- Patchouli - Earthy, smoky, spicy, and musky; antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal,
antimicrobial, helps eliminate toxins
- Peppermint** - Fresh, minty and herbaceous; analgesic, anesthetic (mild), antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-
inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent
- Rosemary - Strong, fresh and woody; antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent
- Sage** - Fresh and herbaceous; anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent
- Sandalwood** - Soft, sweet, woody and balsamic; antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, calming
- Sweet Orange - Sweet, sugary and citrus; antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, fungicidal
- Tea Tree Oil - Fresh and camphor-like; antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, fungicidal
- Vetiver - Known as the "oil of tranquility", cools the body and strengthens the nervous system.
- Ylang Ylang** - Very sweet, floral, balsamic and spicy; antiseptic
*Photo-toxic, do not use immediately before exposure to sunFor a more complete list of essential oils, their properties, blending recommendations and safety data, visit Mountain Rose Herbs, winner of the most recent Green Business of the Year, for high quality supplies at affordable prices.
**Avoid during pregnancy
Natural acid bases best for natural deodorants:
- Vodka - Use 80 or 100 proof; quick-drying, avoid on sensitive or irritated skin
- Witch Hazel - Gentle, astringent
- Vinegar - Acid, antibacterial, odor-neutralizing
Natural additives for a comfortable blend:
- Aloe Vera gel - Anti-microbial, used for wound healing, soothing to shaved underarms!
- Baking soda - Deodorizing, grainy, best in a blend, can be irritating by itself
- Beeswax - Hydrating, binding and emulsifying, with zero irritation potential
- Cocoa butter - Slight cocoa odor, antioxidants, moisturizing and healing
- Coconut Oil - Deep coconut smell, moisturizing and healing
- Cornstarch - Mild, absorbs moisture
- Vegetable Glycerin - Natural emollient, cooling
- Shea Butter - Thick, nutty aroma, vitamins A, E, & F, moisturizing and healing
- Vitamin E - Healing, a natural preservative
- Vitamin C - Antioxidant, skin healing
- Alum - Potassium Alum
As far making natural deodorants that you'll enjoy, you are only limited to the basic rules, your fragrance preferences, and whether you want a liquid (spray), dry mixture to fluff on, a cream or a stick deodorant.
Make your own natural deodorants with these recipes
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