I haven’t been overly concerned about the safety of store bought deodorant, but knowing that skin is highly porous and what goes on it, goes through it, I’d rather not add more chemicals to my system.
Add to that the number of plastic casings consigned to the recycle bin I have wondered about an alternative but never put a whole lot of research into it.
Yesterday, I was stopped in my tracks by the dreaded “End of the deodorant” panic.
Not usually a big deal but I was running late for a meeting, no time to drive to Trader Joes for the one brand of deodorant that both works and doesn’t irritate my skin, and I really didn’t want to risk spending the next 2 hours in a stuffy office smelling like a dead ferret!
A quick search turned up lots of recipes here is the recipe that I used, as it contains ingredients we had in the kitchen and bathroom and I could gather, mix, and use in less than 5 mins.
If you’re worried about the aluminum or other unpronounceable chemicals in your deodorant and would like to make your own, here’s what you’ll need
HOMEMADE SPRAY-ON DEODORANT
1/2 cup Witch Hazel
1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel (or juice)
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil (apparently an effective deodorant essential oils with a refreshing scent!)
Add witch hazel, aloe vera, baking soda and your favorite essential oils to a small spray bottle and shake well before each use.
Spray on underarms. If you don’t like the “wet” feel of it…you can stand in front of a fan for a few seconds , gently pat dry with a towel or flap your arms like you’re doing the chicken dance, which also convinced the kids that mummy has gone bonkers!
*Important Note: Clary Sage Oil should be avoided during pregnancy.
1 application, 14 hours later and after a 1 hour hill hike (cool 65 degrees) it was time for the sniff test!
Self assessment – still smelled nice and skin not irritated.
Hubby (warily) – agreed the pits smelled ‘nice,’ but he is not always reliable as he will often try and guess what I might want to hear.
Kids – my harshest and bluntest of critics, agreed “quite nice, no BO, but I think you have really lost it this time!”
I’ll try it for a few more days and if I don’t any reaction then I’ll make some with different oils, I think next will be lavender.
NOTE – Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t automatically make it safe. I.e. arsenic, perfectly natural but if that was safe for human consumption Agatha Christie would have had a far less lucrative book deal!
NOTE- Even if it doesn’t have a warning label, because it’s safe for most people, doesn’t mean you won’t react to it. I’d like to see any product containing raw onion come with a skull and cross bones just so that I could avoid a nasty reaction.
Do be sensible, always test a little to see how YOUR skin likes it.
Have you tried making your own personal care items? How did it turn out?