Non-toxic, healthy deodorant is simple to make & I've found it to work so much better than the store brand deodorants! More importantly, it only requires a few ingredients - safe ones which are non-toxic and not going to disrupt your body's system. It only takes a few minutes to make, and there are a lot of variations of this recipe online - so feel free to make alterations to it as you please.
With this recipe, you'll need to open up the jar and scoop out a small amount onto your finger and rub it on. This method of application sounded a bit gross to me, to be honest - but once applied, it dries right away and it's no big deal. If you wanted to make this and put it in a a clean plastic twist-able deodorant container, that is an option. It is possible to do it with this mixture, but I personally would add one other ingredient to the mix if I were to make a solid deodorant - melted beeswax. In the future, I will make it and share the instructions in a new Instructable if readers would like that! For now, I love this stuff!
I hope you enjoy your new homemade deodorant! :)
If you have any questions, let me know!
Also, if you have any skin sensitivities, as some people may, not using as much baking soda should help. The use of a probiotic is something without a lot of scientific data to support it as being beneficial - just lots of raving reviews of the people who have tried it before us and have had success with it - stating they thought it got rid of their yucky underarm smell. With or without it, this deodorant is the best I have ever used!
So, why use non-toxic deodorant - why does it matter? (Skip if you don't want to know my personal thoughts on this!)
I realized about six months ago that I've been subtly deceived my whole life! When going to the store, I'd buy makeup, shampoo, deodorant and lotions because I liked the product; the quality, price or scent and that was about it. I'd do the same for all my other cleaning product purchases. I was an extreme couponer up until the past few months too - due to lack of time - I've taken a break. So, I had accumulated a nice stock pile of name-brand products that most people enjoy and use everyday. I then discovered that the FDA and other governing agencies don't really keep track of what the major companies are putting in their beauty, home and cleaning products (food too, but that is another topic). I discovered that all my products contained a lot of items which had toxic effects on the way the body functions.
You may be saying to yourself that the amount of toxic ingredients are "probably" so miniscule that it wouldn't affect you. Well, I disagree. We use so many different products while getting ready in the morning and while cleaning the house - we are overloading our senses and our bodies with these toxins from every possible direction. I also had a bout of preinvasive cervical cancer before - thankfully I had a minor surgery and it hasn't come back. I'm not saying deodorant or any particular product is causing cancer - but I know a lot of people die from it everyday. Everyone has been effected by cancer. If making these small changes will increase my health and keep some toxins out - I am all for it! I love life too much to not make these small changes!!! I also love having way less products around. This deodorant was my final step in totally transitioning over to all-natural products - and it works better than any store deodorant I've used!
*There has been research which shows a strong link between anti-antiperspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer, birth defects, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. If you like, you can read more about it here. You can also do searches on all your products here at the Skin Deep Database to see which products are safe! I'm done preaching!