Ditching deodorant can be a very overwhelming and a daunting task that many of us are just not ready to do. Often times deodorants that contain safe ingredients just don’t do the job. I get it. The thing is, do you really want to block one of your most powerful detox pathways? Let’s make a super simple DIY Spray Deodorant that will freshen your pits, kill bacteria and help you ditch one of the most toxic products today!
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So I went to the gym today. I haven’t been in years-I usually do Peak 8 on my treadmill at home so going somewhere was a BIG change. It dawned on me before I went that I was going to have to do something about my outrageous B.O. since I quit deodorant a while ago. Initially, I made my own homemade deodorant but ran out and just never made more. I’m probably sounding like a crunchy hippy about now, really I’m not, just my pits are. So of course, when I create or find a winner of a beauty DIY, I’ve got to share!!
I bet you didn’t know that making your own deodorant will take only 2 minutes! My DIY Spray Deodorant with essential oils is so simple it literally takes minutes to make and dare I say, it works better then any natural, solid deodorant you might DIY or try!
This natural deodorant spray contains only natural ingredients and is perfect for those of you who have sensitive skin and experience skin irritation from baking soda which is in most natural deodorants and just about every homemade deodorant recipe.
What is a Spray Deodorant?
A spray deodorant is a quick and convenient way to combat body odor throughout the day. It typically has a base of witch hazel. When you add a blend of essential oils to the witch hazel, you have a bacteria fighting powerhouse product.
You should know that a spray deodorant will not keep you dry. It is only intended to aid in bad smelling pits. It is meant to be used several times throughout the day to freshen up.
Why Not Use Store-Bought Deodorants and Antiperspirants:
Antiperspirants contain aluminum. Aluminum is meant to block the sweat glands so you stay dry throughout the day. There are links between aluminum and breast cancer. There is also a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s. While the studies are few and somewhat inconclusive, I personally would never want to apply anything meant to block detox. There is also a link between aluminum and it’s effect on estrogen. Also, aluminum has been found to accumulate in the breast tissue.
The skin is the body’s largest organ and detoxing tool. Hindering the skin’s job in any way is not a good idea if you’re on a journey to achieve good health and longevity.
Other harmful ingredients in conventional deodorants are tricolosan (classified as a pesticide by the FDA and as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency) parabens, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances. All of which are hormone disruptors and when used daily are detrimental to our health.
What about non-toxic deodorants like Schmidt’s, Tom’s, Native, Hello etc? While they are great alternatives to brands like Dove and Suave I find that I smell worse with natural deodorant than with none. I’ve heard many people admit this as well. This is why I prefer making a homemade spray deodorant.
Essential Oil’s Stink Busting Power!
The best thing you can do to combat odor-causing bacteria is to incorporate pure essential oils. Essential oils have incredible antibacterial properties as well as antiseptic properties that help odor control on contact. Chances are, your favorite essential oils will do a killer job ridding you of stink but I’ve come up with a potent blend of lavender oil, frankincense oil and lemon oil that combine to make a powerful natural spray deodorant.
FYI-Since this recipe has a large amount of essential oils, I do not recommend you use a plastic bottle. A glass bottle is a must. A great option is this glass fine mist spray bottle.
Frankincense and Anti Cancer Properties
This morning I recalled a post on one of my favorite blogs, Camp Wander. She made a DIY spray deodorant using just witch hazel and essential oils. As I mentioned above, I thought I’d try it and headed off to the gym. To my surprise, I could still smell the essential oils and the body odor was at a bare minimum after my workout. Not only was this so simple to make, there is so much positive research showing that Frankincense essential oil has anti cancerous properties.
Sadly, these days women are getting breast cancer by the handfuls. It sure makes sense to quit the aluminum filled commercial deodorants, make your own and add Frankincense to it, right?
Frankincense is one amazing essential oil. Check out my 5 exceptional uses for Frankincense Essential Oil post!
Witch Hazel Benefits:
Witch Hazel is anti bacterial and antiseptic. It also has powerful anti inflammatory, astringent and healing properties.
I always use Thayers Witch Hazel because it is alcohol free and organic. Plus their witch hazel contains aloe vera which makes it even more beneficial. I love how there are several different scents like rose, cucumber, coconut and lavender which add to the deodorizing action of the essential oils.
When Stopping the Use of Antiperspirants, Expect a Detox Period….
Many people are taken aback at how bad they actually stink when they stop blocking their lymph nodes under their arm and start using natural diy deodorants. You must remember that sweating is your skin’s way of detoxing the body and it is so incredibly important to not hinder our body from detoxing.
You might look into using an armpit detox mask recipe which will help pull toxins and decrease the stink. Saunas are also a fantastic way to encourage extra sweating for more detox.
Benefits of DIY Spray Deodorant
- Dries Fast
- Non Toxic
- Support Breast Health
- Long Lasting
- Doesn’t Stain
- Smells Amazing!
What You’ll Need to Make Homemade Deodorant Spray:
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 20 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 ounce Glass Spray Bottle
- Mix all ingredients together in a glass 2 ounce spray bottle.
Spray as often as needed! Make a smaller one and carry it around everywhere-I do! It’s a lifesaver!