We all know that store bought deodorants contain harsh chemicals that may disrupt hormones, mess with your microbiome and may even cause cancer. Paraben, aluminium, triclosan, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, among other chemicals, are the main suspects.
Some of the ingredients in commercial deodorants are just a term that actually comprise other numerous ingredients – take fragrance for example, it goes by other names such as perfume and parfum. It’s a term that represents a long list of undisclosed synthetic chemicals such as phthalates, aldehydes, benzenes and other toxic substances that have been linked to allergies, dermatitis, reproductive problems and more.
If these compounds are of concern to you, ditching all underarm deodorant products is the only way to ensure you’re not exposing yourself to potentially toxic chemicals. If you sweat and smell a lot and really need to use a deodorant, at least try to shop for fragrance-free and natural deodorant. Read the labels and choose products labeled paraben, triclosan and fragrance-free. The more people spend their money on products that don’t contain these chemicals, the more manufacturers will move away from using them.
Better yet, you can make your own deodorant using only natural ingredients! I’ve made my own deodorant spray and it is SO EASY and FAST to make it! Just a few minutes and voila, you have your own chemical-free spray deodorant that smells heavenly.
This essential oils deodorant spray recipe contains just two ingredients yet it still works well. Beat that!
DIY Essential Oil Deodorant Spray Recipe
This essential oil deodorant spray recipe is made up of 2 ingredients such as:
- witch hazel: a natural astringent that shrinks the pores on the armpits hence controlling over-sweating. It also acts as an emulsifier to combine the essential oils
- essential oils: have great scents that keep skin smelling clean fresh and scented, are powerful antioxidants that protect the sensitive skin, are strong antimicrobial and antiseptic agents that fight off bacteria responsible for bad body odor
Essential Oil Blends For Deodorant (where to get them):
10-20 drops lavender
10-20 drops lemon
10-20 drops peppermint
5-10 drops Frankincense
5-10 drops lemon grass
Pour witch hazel into a spray bottle using a funnel. Fill up to 3/4 of the bottle.
Drop essential oils into spray bottle.
Shake well before using.
That’s it! Spritz once or twice on each armpit then let it dry.
Store your essential oil deodorant spray in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
One spritz can last for about 6 – 8 hours, depending on the amount of physical activity you do that day.
This recipe works LIKE A CHARM on me! I sweat buckets and smell but not anymore now. My two teenage girls also use it.
You can play around with a wide range of essential oils for your DIY deodorant spray. Eucalyptus, ylang ylang, grapefruit, orange, geranium, etc. Once you’ve tried your own DIY spray deodorant, you wouldn’t want to use chemical-laden store-bought ones.
A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources. Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides that may cause harm to your body.
Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price. Just drop me an email at email@example.com.