Essential Oil Alternatives: Natural Deodorant DIY

January 19, 2017

Why do deodorants that smell good often stink for your health? Fragrances, triclosan, and preservatives may be to blame. And what about aluminum? Recently, the presence of aluminum in personal care products has raised some concerns, but the facts may surprise you.

Chemicals of concern 

Triclosan, commonly used in deodorants, is an antimicrobial agent that kills underarm bacteria and reduces unwanted odor. Aluminum acts as an antiperspirant, plugging pores where sweat is dispersed.

In Canada and Japan, the use of triclosan in cosmetics is restricted and is coming under scrutiny in more countries. The Environmental Working Group maintains numerous scientific reports, purporting that triclosan is an endocrine disruptor, an irritant, a toxin to organs, an environmental toxin and may cause antibiotic resistance. EWG also specifically warns consumers to avoid products containing triclosan in their top tips for safer products. However, the FDA has remained neutral on the issue of triclosan in cosmetics, stating that studies showing triclosan reduced levels of thyroid hormones were performed on animals, meaning we cannot be sure if the same is true in humans.

Avoiding aluminum in deodorants may be something you started doing long ago, as rumors of aluminum causing breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease has spread far and wide. The EWG lists aluminum powder as highly dangerous in cosmetics, though this is not typically the type of aluminum found in deodorants. Common types of aluminums used in antiperspirants include aluminum zirconium and aluminum chlorohydrate. Each of these aluminums are rated poorly to moderately hazardous by EWG. Scientists have found insufficient evidence to support the claim that aluminum causes Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Until we can be certain that aluminum is safe in cosmetic use, you may want to continue avoiding the chemical.

The natural way

Essential oils of Tea Tree, Lavender and Lemon are all antimicrobials, and may reduce odors caused by bacteria on underarms. Shea butter and Coconut oil are each skin nourishing. When combined, these ingredients make for a natural, healthy alternative to store bought deodorants.

EG's Essential Oil Deodorant DIY

Saying no to harmful chemicals doesn’t have to mean saying no to deodorant. Try this aluminum free deodorant recipe to stay fresh the natural way. 

What you need

2 oz Shea butter

2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder

1 Tbsp Coconut carrier oil

16 drops Tea Tree essential oil

14 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Lemon essential oil

4 oz Jar 

How to 

  1. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and Coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add arrowroot powder and essential oils.
  3. Pour into jar.
  4. For application, apply a quarter sized amount to underarms.

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    Natural deodorant essential oils DIY

    COMMENTS

    • Edens Garden says...

      Hi Kelly! Try guam gum powder or cornstarch

      On June 30, 2017

    • Kelly says...

      I want to make this DIY deodorant. What can I subsitute for arrowroot powder?
      Thank you, Kelly

      On June 29, 2017

    • Edens Garden says...

      Hi Diana! This natural deodorant does contain preservatives, meaning it will take the shelf life of the ingredient with the lowest expiration date. The Lemon essential oil has the lowest shelf life of the products offered by Edens Garden which is two years. If the shea butter or arrowroot has a lower shelf life, it would take that shelf life.

      On May 02, 2017

    • Diana says...

      I have used this deodorant for two month. Love it. But two days ago it completely stoped working. Does the mix expired? What would a proper storage be?

      On May 02, 2017

    • Edens Garden says...

      Hi Karie! This formula makes a pasty deodorant. To make it solid and able to be used in a deodorant container, try adding 1 Tbsp Beeswax or more.

      On February 25, 2017

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