More people are becoming interested in making their own natural deodorant. Most store brands have a lot of different chemicals and additives in their products that are harmful when applied to the skin – especially so close to your lymph nodes!
These chemicals are having some serious effects on our bodies. Alzheimers and breast cancer have both been linked to the same aluminum compounds that are found in antiperspirants.
“Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary “plug” within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-containing underarm antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have estrogen-like (hormonal) effects.
Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer” (cancer.gov)
While there are many different DIY deodorant recipes out there, the truth is that we wanted to make sure that we used zinc oxide powder. Why? Simply put, zinc oxide is a great natural product that has amazing sun-shielding abilities. And when you have very sensitive skin, you want to make sure that you protect it as much as you can.
So, let’s dig into it.
DIY Natural Deodorant With Zinc Oxide Powder
2 tsp La Lune Naturals Zinc Oxide
5 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
5 tbsp and 1 tsp shea butter
1 tbsp and 1 tsp baking soda
20 drops lavender essential oil
Deodorant tube or clean container
Small pan and wooden spoon for mixing
1. In a small pan, place 5 tbsp and 1 tsp of shea butter. Put it on the stove pot.
2. Turn on the heat and make it low to make sure that the shea butter melts gently. Doing this with low heat allows you to preserve all the nutrients of this amazing ingredient.
3. When the shea butter is finally melted, turn off the heat. Now it’s time to add the cornstarch (or the arrow root powder), the baking soda, and the zinc oxide powder. During this step, make sure that you use a mask over your nose to protect you from inhaling the zinc oxide.
4. Ensure that you stir all these ingredients well until you get a creamy paste. Keep stirring while you add the lavender essential oil.
5. Just pour the cream paste you got into a glass container or a deodorant tube. In case you’re using a plastic container, make sure that you give about 10 minutes to the deodorant cool completely. This will make sure that it will become firmer.
6. Your natural oxide zinc deodorant is now ready. Just put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let it set before you use it.
Why did we make sure to use natural zinc oxide?
All the ingredients in this DIY deodorant are 100% natural. However, we wanted to use zinc oxide because, unlike aluminum, your body needs zinc to be healthy.
Oxide zinc has many properties that include helping with wound healing, help with psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Just to give you an idea of how powerful zinc oxide is, just check most diaper creams. Most of them use this powerful ingredient on the extra sensitive baby skin.
Why should you do your own natural deodorant at home?
The truth is that even though you may get a deodorant in a store that says it’s 100% natural, the truth is that companies find different ways to add some ingredients that might not be that natural. This, ultimately, ends up affecting your skin, especially if you have a sensitive skin. So, when you want to be sure about exactly what the deodorant you are using contains, there’s nothing better than just doing it yourself.