I’ve been playing with this recipe for more than a year now. I began with a coconut oil base and quickly realized my shirts were acquiring an oily build-up under the sleeves, in the arm pit area. So, I switched to a lighter spray using a Witch Hazel base. This was fine but found that I had to re-apply more often than with the coconut oil base. After a bit of research I learned that adding baking soda to the mixture added another level of deodorizing… Of course! Made perfect sense.
Using a baking soda/water base really seemed to complete the recipe. It was about a week before I noticed the burns in my arm pits…
If I had been more exhaustive in my research, I would have come across other’s negative experiences using baking soda in deodorant recipes. Apparently, baking soda can give one an alkaline burn… Of course! Made perfect sense.
*(Btw, I now have a proven ointment for alkaline burns :) – Contact Us for more info!)*
So what is an odorific outdoorsman to do?!
Wait for it… MAGNESIUM OIL… Of course! Makes perfect sense.
What’s also great about using Mg oil as a base for a natural deodorant spray, besides that fact that it doesn’t make your armpits look like an inflamed baboon’s rear end, is that almost everyone is deficient in Mg and you get much needed transdermal Mg supplementation from the spray at the same time!
So here you go, I’ve updated our new and improved recipe with the Magnesium oil info – Enjoy!
To Make Magnesium Oil:
1/2 cup filtered water1/2 cup magnesium chloride flakes or magnesium sulfate (epsom salts – much cheaper!)Spray bottle (the deodorant recipes below reference a 2oz spray bottle but I use a 4oz bottle and double the EOs)Bring the water to a boil in a non-aluminum saucepan. Turn off the heat and stir in the magnesium flakes until dissolved. When cool, pour into your spray bottle.
20 drops Cleansing Blend EO20 drops Women’s Blend EOAdd Mg oil until bottle is full. Shake vigorously…
In a 2-ounce empty spray bottle (glass) combine the following:15 drops Cleansing Blend EO15 drops Clary Sage EO10 drops Frankincense EO10 drops Lime EO5 drops of Ylang Ylang EO5 drops of Patchouli EO5 drops of Grounding Blend EO5 drops of Cedarwood EO3 drops of Sandalwood EOAdd Mg oil until bottle is full. Shake vigorously…
*If you are new to these blends, contact me and I will get them into your hot little hands!
But seriously, most off-the-shelf deodorants are toxic. Especially the anti-perspirant deodorants! They include ingredients that are known to cause all kinds of health problems including cancer (see list below). As you see, our blends contain only Witch Hazel and essential oils so they are completely natural.
Off the shelf deodorant ingredients can include:
1. Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum compounds are added to deodorant to block the pores from sweating. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, may interfere with the ability of estrogen receptors to correctly process the hormone and are linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Parabens are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. This chemical disrupts hormonal balances and can lead to early puberty in children and hormone-related cancers in women and organ toxicity. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors.
3. Propylene glycol
When this chemical is paired with other chemical additives, it can be extremely dangerous. This ingredient causes damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. Even in small concentrations (2 percent or less), propylene glycol provokes skin irritation in those with sensitive skin. Moreover, some manufacturers have made deodorants with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants.
Triclosan is classified as a pesticide according to the FDA. Although the FDA uses are not regulated under pesticide law, EPA considered these exposures in the aggregate risk assessment. In deodorants, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, and reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. This chemical can also possess endocrine disrupting properties that has shown up in human breast milk and blood.
Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing.
Add to this list TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc, among others.