No matter how much you try to live chemical-free by avoiding artificial beauty and cosmetic products, some products are required to keep you fresh and hygienic daily. Unfortunately, while it is easy to opt for natural cosmetic products, many are still unaware of the option to choose all-natural deodorant or to make your own. Despite its availability and whatever scent of deodorant you prefer to use, you are probably saturating yourself with toxic and harmful chemicals. Deodorant also prevents your body from performing the essential temperature regulation and toxin elimination process through regular sweating. Still, it would be best to have an effective solution for the inevitable sweat-induced odor. If you’re looking to deodor yourself healthily, you’re in luck. You can turn to coconut oil for an adequate, healthy, natural solution – a common natural substitute for cosmetic products. Raw, organic coconut oil can be an excellent deodorant, keeping any unpleasant odor at bay. It can also be used as a base for all-natural DIY coconut oil deodorant as an alternative to manufactured products.
The Importance of Using Natural Coconut Oil DeodorantThe abundance of uncontrolled and highly harmful chemicals comprising artificial deodorants seriously affects our health and well-being. Additionally, the chemicals involved may cause health problems and harm our bodies. It’s important to distinguish between the two types of products called deodorant: deodorant and antiperspirant. These two products are both applied to the armpits; however, they perform differently. A product labeled as a deodorant provides a pleasant scent but does not prevent sweating. At the same time, the antiperspirant, in the form of a spray or stick/roll-on, is a solution that contains specific chemicals intended to clog the pores and prevent the perspiration process entirely while providing an additional pleasant scent. Although both types are artificially-made and contain toxic chemicals, antiperspirant is much more detrimental and one of the more dangerous cosmetic products one can purchase. Even though antiperspirant is harmful and can cause serious health problems, it is the most widely-used cosmetic product purchased across age groups and genders. Natural coconut oil deodorant can prevent the occurrence of odor, but it cannot prevent sweating. This is the ultimate combination for natural odor prevention – eliminating unpleasant smells while allowing the body to sweat naturally. Uninterrupted perspiring is essential for optimal health. Therefore, we should avoid preventing natural sweating and aim to reduce unpleasant odors.
Why Is Coconut Oil a Perfect Solution for Odor?Sweat is odorless primarily when one hydrates enough and has a relatively healthy diet. However, there is a rapid multiplication of bacteria in the presence of sweat and on body parts where moisture remains longer, like our armpits. These bacteria break down the sweat into acids that will eventually cause an unpleasant smell. That being said, to prevent the occurrence of odor, we need a solution to kill bacteria. One of the compounds that coconut oil is praised for, lauric acid, has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Once applied under the armpits or any area prone to sweating, the lauric acid in the coconut oil rapidly eliminates and prevents the occurrence of odor-causing bacteria. This is why most natural deodorant formulas are coconut oil-based. Lauric acid is a rare natural compound that can effectively eliminate microbes and bacteria. In addition to protection from armpit odor, coconut oil moisturizes and protects the skin from irritation. Where moisture persists, irritation is joint. We’ve all experienced unpleasant itching and discomfort when sweating. Applying artificial products, especially after shaving or when in contact with clothes, can irritate the skin surface and cause unpleasant sensations. Coconut oil can prevent irritation, eczema, and rashes while nurturing and moisturizing skin.
How to Use Coconut Oil as a DeodorantPeople that want to keep things simple often use plain raw, organic, unrefined coconut oil. As coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it is consistent with artificial sticks and roll-ons. Therefore, you can take an empty stick container from a used product and fill it with coconut oil to make it convenient to apply. Although this might work for light to soft sweaters, moderate to heavy sweaters can make a homemade coconut oil-based deodorant recipe to prevent odor, regulate sweat, and provide a pleasant scent.
DIY Natural Coconut Oil-Based DeodorantFor the coconut oil deodorant recipe, you’ll need several ingredients that might already be available in your household. However, it is a cheap and easy recipe, and you can make a large batch that lasts several months.
- Six tablespoons raw, unrefined, organic coconut oil
- Four tablespoons (¼ cup) pure and aluminum-free baking soda
- Four tablespoons (¼ cup) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
- Clean, dry bowl for mixing, and clean, dry container for storing
- 10 to 20 drops of preferred essential oils: lavender, citrus, tea tree, etc.
- 1. If the coconut oil is solid, melt it until it becomes softer for easier stirring.
- 2. Add the baking soda and the arrowroot or cornstarch into the oil and stir well until the mixture becomes even.
- 3. Add the preferred essential oils in the amount required to achieve the desired scent potency.
- 4. Put the mixture in the container or jar that stores the natural deodorant.