Sweating, particularly from the underarm, is a natural occurrence, and one that seems to happen with more frequency in the warmer months of the year. But like all of our bodies’ functions, we sweat for a reason: to rid ourselves of the natural toxins the body accumulates. Underarm antiperspirants and deodorants, while frequently effective in blocking sweat and the odors that accompany it, have the downside in that those which contain aluminum chloride as an ingredient have been linked to certain types of cancer. Moreover, such antiperspirants prevent the body from doing what it needs to do to keep itself functioning optimally.
This is why there is a trend among attentive consumers towards homemade, or DIY deodorants that remove odor but don’t inhibit sweat. DIY deodorants are one way to have more control over the types of chemicals that come into contact with your body. This is particularly beneficial for populations like pregnant or breastfeeding women, who want not just to safeguard their own health, but that of their child. People who are highly sensitive to certain chemicals or just want the goods they use to be all natural are also partaking in the DIY movement.
Another appeal to DIY deodorants is that you can make them in bulk. In the end, this may actually save money, and will for sure save the time you spend running to the store every time you need to replace a bottle or can of deodorant. Moreover, DIY enthusiasts enjoy the ‘project’ aspect of making their own products. It is a great way to spend time with family or friends, one which is also educational and productive.
All in all, there is a lot to like about the idea of making your own deodorant. And because we encourage such positive endeavours, we have gone the extra mile to include a proven DIY recipe for deodorant. Have a look below, and keep us in mind at All In Packaging should you need any quality containers for your end result.
Recipe: Shea Butter Deodorant
- Make sure that every tool is totally clean before beginning preparation.
- Boil 2 inches of water in a small pot.
- Put 2 tablespoons of shea butter, 3 tablespoons of cocoa butter, and 3 tablespoons of sesame oil (avoid using toasted sesame oil as it has a really strong scent) in a measuring cup. Then, place the cup into the hot water to melt the ingredients.
- Put 2 tablespoons of starch and 3 tablespoons of baking soda into another measuring cup and mix them thoroughly.
- When the butters have melted, mix the results together thoroughly with the starch mixture.
- When it’s completely blended, you can add scented oil. We suggest using 5-7 drops of sage or lavender oil; just be sure to use natural and quality ingredients!
- Pour the deodorant into the container and place it in the fridge for an hour to solidify.
As a result, you’ll have a deodorant that doesn’t prevent sweating, but makes the sweat completely odorless.