By Juliet Talarico, Rahamim Education Team
The initial reason I turned to natural deodorants was because I wanted to avoid the plastic packaging. However, after doing a bit of research, I also learnt that there are health benefits to natural formulas. Conventional anti-perspirants (what you buy from supermarkets and chemists) often contain aluminium salts which research has shown links with breast cancer.
Aluminium salts are used to block pores and what makes an ‘anti-perspirant’, because you don’t perspire, and this disrupts your body’s natural process to cool itself down. Sweat, which contains toxins, is still produced but cannot escape from the sweat glands. If you stop the release of these toxins, where do they go? I think it’s just best to allow the body to do what it’s designed for. Other benefits of natural deodorants are that they’re not tested on animals and don’t include toxic ingredients such as neurotoxins, carcinogens, and even pesticides.
The trade-off to store-bought natural deodorants is that they’re either too expensive or not effective enough. So, I decided to start making my own with inexpensive ingredients that I already had in my pantry. I was sceptical at first because I’m often led to believe that ‘natural’ isn’t ‘strong’ but after playing around with recipes I found that it did really work, so I encourage you to give this a go!
4 tbsp Cornflour
2 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp Bicarbonate of soda
A few drops of your choice of essential oils (I’ve used tea tree as it’s an antibacterial, and lavender)
Pour coconut oil in bowl (I’ve heated up mine as its easier to mix as a liquid)
Stir in corn flour, bicarb soda, and essential oils until smooth and combined
Pour into small container (I’ve re-purposed jam jars)
If you want a paste consistency allow the deodorant to cool
How to apply
Use fingers to apply and rub in well, you only need a small amount. Think less is more, otherwise you can have excess residue. Wait a few minutes before putting on clothes so that deodorant can absorb.
This recipe can be altered depending on how much you sweat, if you sweat more just add more bicarb soda. If it’s a hot day the deodorant will liquify, so use less coconut oil or add shea butter or beeswax. If you have sensitive skin, try using less bicarb soda (as it has a high pH) or add shea butter and beeswax as they are soothing for the skin.