I wanted to see if it was possible to find an effective homemade eco deodorant. I have been suspicious of the chemicals used in antiperspirants and deodorants. Many of which include aluminium. Aluminium, although a naturally occurring mineral, has a cumulative effect and steadily builds up within our bodies. There is a suggestion (there is yet to be definitive scientific evidence although there is on-going research in this area) that high levels of aluminium in our bodies may contribute to Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, Muscular Sclerosis and cancer, in particular, breast cancer. Even if as yet there is no definitive proof of the dangers of aluminium, should we be using products that have additives and chemicals that are under suspicion for harming our health in them?
I can’t stress just how effective bicarbonate of soda is at being used as a deodorant. It really works.
I am not a big fan of unnecessary chemicals in my toiletries, cleaning products and the environment. If I can find a product that has natural ingredients that are effective I will use it.
I do this as I have found that the higher the chemical load generally, the lower the vibration (which lowers your energetic vitality). Also, there seems to be fairly regular reporting of this and that chemical possibly causing a health threat. To me, it is just easier to choose products that do not use excessive chemicals that are based on naturally occurring sources if at all possible
Over a long hot summer a couple of years ago I experimented with natural, non-toxic, homemade eco deodorant. Ecological solutions are now widely available in health shops, although most come at an astonishingly high price and are often not very effective. Also, many ecological deodorants still come packed with chemicals that make me feel uncomfortable. So I went back to basics and decided to experiment in making my own.
Without a doubt, the most effective homemade eco deodorant that I have found is plain old bicarbonate of soda. Bicarbonate of soda is non-toxic, contains no nasty chemicals, is widely available, cheap and has been used for hundreds of years. Honestly, bicarbonate of soda is so effective at eliminating the odour that it lasts for over 24 hours after being applied. I tested using bicarbonate of soda as a deodorant over a hot summer when temps were nearly 40c, and it never failed or let me down. The other significant advantage of bicarbonate of soda is that it does not stop you sweating and helps you naturally detox (this is one of the reasons why you sweat in the first place) and does not block your pores. Bicarbonate of soda does not leave any white marks on clothing and does not yellow fabric.
Applying the bicarbonate of soda is very easy. After your shower or bath dip two moistened fingers into the bicarbonate of soda, tap off any excessive amounts and lightly rub this over your armpit and repeat on the other side. When you first start please only use a small amount and don’t rub hard, especially on broken or freshly shaved skin, as you don’t want to irritate. If irritation does occur then stop using it. Over a few days, you may wish to increase the amount of bicarbonate of soda used, although only a small amount is required to be effective. And that is it!
I can’t stress just how effective bicarbonate of soda is being used as a deodorant. It works.
If you have any other suggestions for ecological, non-toxic ways to reduce chemicals in our lives, please do leave a comment and share your knowledge and recommendations.