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This all-natural lemongrass deodorant smells divine and provides protection without the irritation of some DIY deodorants. I have omitted the baking soda, simplified the ingredients and the process in order to bring you this easy, homemade lemongrass deodorant for sensitive skin.
Why Would I Make My Own All Natural Deodorant?
Have you seen what’s in most drug store deodorant?
According to this TIME Magazine article, there is reason to be concerned that certain compounds found in over-the-counter antiperspirants and deodorants can cause or contribute to developmental or reproductive issues and even cancer.
The article lists 5 ingredients of concern…
Parabens are used as a preservative in most personal care products, skincare, and cosmetics. The concern is that these compounds can disrupt the hormone function in the body.
There is estrogen-sensitive tissue under the arm and if you put a chemical on it everyday that mimics estrogen, then you can become estrogen dominant and may increase your risks for certain types of cancer.
According to this research, aluminum can cause “gene instability” in breast tissue. “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region,” Darbre, lead researcher, says.
Breast cancer incidences tend to align with use of products that contain aluminum even though there is no conclusive evidence that aluminum is the direct cause.
Manufacturers of personal care products have used Triclosan as an anti-bacterial agent for decades. If you’ve ever used anti-bacterial soap then odds are you’ve been exposed to this chemical.
The FDA actually banned Triclosan in September of 2016 from anti-bacterial soaps because of a lack of data showing the chemical to be safe. However, this ban does not effect the thousands of other products that contain Triclosan. Read labels!
Pthalates are used to help fragrances and other personal care products, including deodorant, to stick to your skin. There is evidence that pthalates affect how your body produces or uses testosterone.
Testosterone doesn’t just affect the gentlemen. Ladies, we have testosterone, too, and it plays an important role in energy production and muscle maintenance as well as clear thinking. Many women, including me, have been diagnosed with low testosterone.
Fragrance could be THE MOST toxic of all ingredients, because it’s not just one ingredient. There could be dozens of harmful chemicals all listed under the label, fragrance.
How could this be? I thought all ingredients have to be listed on the package of all products! Not so! Fragrance is protected by trade law! If you avoid just one ingredient in your life, let it be fragrance.
You Have Complete Control Over The Ingredients
After I learned the truth about what over-the-counter deodorants contained, I decided to start making it myself. I tried MANY different recipes with varying results.
After a while, I started reacting to baking soda, so I started buying it again. I finally decided that I would take a stab at creating one from scratch, and this all-natural deodorant recipe is the result.
I love that I have complete control over what goes in it and there are no mystery ingredients to worry about. No fragrance in this all-natural deodorant even though it smells heavenly! Thank you, Lemongrass Essential Oil!
It’s Pretty Darn Cost Effective
That’s right! This all-natural lemongrass deodorant for sensitive skin costs just pennies to make and can be whipped up in just a few minutes. Now, for the recipe!
All-Natural Lemongrass Deodorant For Sensitive Skin
Makes 2 ounces.
2 Tablespoons of arrowroot powder/starch
1 Tablespoon of mango or shea butter
1/4 teaspoon of beeswax pastilles
1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
Melt the mango or shea butter and beeswax pastilles in a saucepan over low heat. When melted, add the olive oil and Vitamin E oil. Take off heat and whisk. When cooled to touch, add the essential oils.
In a separate glass bowl. Add arrowroot powder/starch. Gradually pour the melted mixture and whisk at the same time. Whisk until fully incorporated and it has the consistency of thick honey. Pour into container of choice. Will harden as it cools to room temperature.
To use: Scoop about 1/4 of a teaspoon and warm between hands. Apply to pits liberally. Reapply as needed.
All-Natural Lemongrass Deodorant for Sensitive Skin
Created for those of us with sensitive skin, this all-natural lemongrass deodorant is free of baking soda and other skin irritants. Simple and cost-effective to make and smells good enough to eat.
- 2 tbsp Arrowroot Starch/Powder
- 1 tbsp Mango or Shea Butter
- 1/2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 tsp Beeswax Pastilles
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin E
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Add Mango or Shea Butter, EVOO, Beeswax Pastilles, and Vitamin E to saucepan on low heat until melted.
Cool to room temperature or to touch and add the essential oils
Add Arrowroot Powder to a glass bowl.
Slowly add oil mixture and whisk until fully incorporated
Use silicone spatula to put deodorant into desired container. I used a 2 ounce tin.
To use: Scoop about 1/4 tsp with fingers. Warm between fingers and apply liberally to pits. Reapply as necessary.
Keep at room temperature to keep it soft. The Vitamin E will extend the shelf life for several months.
And, there you have it! An effective all-natural deodorant that costs just pennies to make and smells heavenly to boot! If you make this, let me know what you think on social media by tagging #deephealingcafe or leaving a comment below!
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