Switching to a Natural Deodorant: Why And How

Switching to a Natural Deodorant: Why And How

The vast majority of people use deodorants, it’s an unconscious part of our morning routine, as much so as brushing our teeth. Wearing deodorants helps keep us feeling fresh throughout the day. They’re also great for people who either sweat excessively or live in hot climates as antiperspirants can help keep clothes dry, avoiding the dreaded “pit stains”!

Deodorants are an essential item in most people’s beauty routine, so much so that we don’t often pay too much attention to what ingredients they may contain.

Are you concerned about what products you’re using directly on your skin?

Do you already use natural or organic face creams and serums?

Then it’s time to stop overlooking this part of your routine and go natural with your deodorant!

The vast majority of people use deodorants, it’s an unconscious part of our morning routine, as much so as brushing our teeth. Wearing deodorants helps keep us feeling fresh throughout the day. They’re also great for people who either sweat excessively or live in hot climates as antiperspirants can help keep clothes dry, avoiding the dreaded “pit stains”!

Deodorants are an essential item in most people’s beauty routine, so much so that we don’t often pay too much attention to what ingredients they may contain.

Are you concerned about what products you’re using directly on your skin?

Do you already use natural or organic face creams and serums?

Then it’s time to stop overlooking this part of your routine and go natural with your deodorant!

Why use a Natural Deodorant?

Most commercially available deodorants contain a plethora of chemical ingredients and not all of these chemical ingredients are harmful. However, aluminium compounds, the most commonly used antiperspirant actives, have been persistently linked with skin irritation, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.

Natural Deodorants

Protect against sweat and smell

Don't contain known carcinogens

Don't irritate the skin

Are better for the environment

Other Deodorants

Aerosols contribute to climate change

Contain harsh ingredients like alcohol

Contain artificial fragrances

Use chemicals that are known to be dangerous to humans

 

If an aluminium compound, such as aluminium chlorhydrate or aluminium zirconium, which is very soluble, is used as an antiperspirant, that compound is readily absorbed. Once in the body, the aluminium portion of the molecule ionizes, forming free or radical aluminium (Al+++). This passes freely across cell membranes, and forms a physical plug, that when dissolved is selectively absorbed by the liver, kidney, brain, cartilage and bone marrow. It is this concentration of aluminium that has been the source of concern in the medical community and has prompted the research being done on Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer victims.

As most antiperspirants work by clogging the pores to prevent the sweat from escaping your body, they can cause not only skin inflammation, but also can produce a build-up of bacteria in the clogged pores than can lead to a worsened body odour – quite the opposite of the desired result!

The acidity in the aluminium antiperspirant agents also has an annoying habit of staining clothes. Those yellow stains under the arms of your favourite white shirt that just won’t go away? That’s your deodorant’s fault.

How do I go natural?

It’s a lot easier to make your own affordable, natural deodorant at home than you would expect. The following natural ingredients are very effective at controlling body odour and perspiration without the nasty side-effects of aluminium compounds. You'll find them in a lot of natural deodorants on the market, so why not make your own?

FARNESOL

Farnesol is an odour-free, natural raw material extracted from Palmarosa and Chamomile Essential Oils, which kills the bacteria that make our perspiration smell unpleasant. It doesn't close the pores or stop the natural process of perspiration.

POTASSIUM ALUM

A natural anti-perspirant that is safe to use as an alternative to aluminium chlorohydrate, which is found in most commercially available deodorants. Potassium alum is a mineral salt drawn from bauxite, an ore which is formed by the rapid weathering of granitic rocks in warm, humid climates and can be purified and converted directly into alum. By using Potassium Alum you can expect a deodorant effect of 5 to 6 hours. Using other ingredients like Farnesol and Lemon Ester gives an added 5-6 hours protection.

Potassium Alum molecules have a negative ionic charge, making it unable to pass through the cell wall. They are not absorbed. This is why Alum is safe to use and will not cause high levels of aluminium to build up in your system. (Alum and Aluminium are two different substances, with distinct chemical signatures. They possess different chemical properties which create different chemical attributes.) We sell this product as Deocrystal Stone Powder.

LEMON ESTER
Lemon-Ester reduces the pH of the skin, making it more acidic and therefore less prone to growing bacteria. The effect of using Farnesol and Lemon-Ester lasts for 5-6 hours.
HERBAL TINCTURES

If you prefer using spray deodorants as opposed to creams, pastes or roll-on gels, then herbal tinctures are a great starting point.

Your formula can contain up to 80% tinctures as a blend. Ginseng, Nettle, Yarrow and Horsetail are all good choices.

You can blend these tinctures with hydrolates and other water-based active ingredients in a spray bottle for an easy, natural deodorant that requires very little preparation.

ZINC

Zinc is a natural mineral that is up to three times more effective than aluminum chlorhydrate in combatting body odor.It also helps to protect and soothe the skin, making it an ideal ingredient in your natural deodorants if you often suffer with sensitive, sore underarms from shaving.

CASTOR OIL

Castor oil is a thick, natural oil that helps draw out impurities, preventing the sweat glands from getting clogged. It also has great skin nourishing properties. Because of it's thick, gloopy nature, it will help the deodorant to "slide" better on to the skin. Not much is needed to be effective in a deodorant, but if you want to use more, consider combining it with EcoSilk (isoamyl laurate/isoamyl cocoate) to make it feel less sticky.

WITCH HAZEL

Witch Hazel has natural antibacterial properties making it a good choice to use in deodorants where it helps to slow down the development of the bacteria that makes sweat smell.

It is available to use as a glycerol extract, a hydrolate, and you can even make a decoction using the dried herbs.


An Insight Into Natural Deodorant Recipes

Natural deodorants come in many forms. Most commonly, you'll find 4 types: roll-on gels, liquid sprays, cream pastes and solid stick balms.

The choice of which type of natural deodorant to use is entirely up to personal preference. For beginners, liquid sprays require no heating and can be simple to make if you're careful to only use water-soluble ingredients. Balm sticks and some pastes are make using mostly butters and oils with deodorising oil-based active ingredients, which means that they are relatively simple to make and don't require a preservative. Roll-on gel deodorants are a popular choice because they are similar to traditional commercial deodorants but are surprisingly easy to make. Check out the recipe below to see how to make a roll-on gel deodorant. If you don't want to make your own gel, you can simply add the stage 2 & 3 ingredients (minus the aloe vera concentrate) into our ready-made aloe vera gel, it couldn't be simpler!

Ingredients
Stage 1
72.6% Boiling Spring Water
0.4% Xanthum Gum
 
Stage 2
10% Deocrystal Stone Powder
 
Stage 3 (below 40°C)
8% Aloe Vera Concentrate
4% Lemon Ester
1% Farnesol
2% Castor Oil
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oils*
 
Total 100%

Method

Stage 1

Measure the water in a jug and pour into a bowl. Weigh the Xanthum Gum Powder. Sprinkle powder over the water to cover the surface then whisk vigorously for a few seconds only. This is meant to be a very thin gel. If you whisk too long, you will get a thick gel that is no use for this product.

Stage 2

Crush the Deocrystal Stone Powder into the gel until it is dissolved.

Stage 3

Cool down to below 40°C then stir in the remaining ingredients, don't whisk. Bottle and label. Our Roll- on Bottles work best for this deodorant. They can be found here.

*The essential oils should be chosen for their deodorising qualities such as Lavender, Fragonia, Cypress and Ylang Ylang.


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