It can be really tricky to find the right deodorant for you when you have HS because you want to use something that will be kind and nourishing to the body. Also something that helps prevent irritation. For that reason, this natural deodorant recipe has been tried and tested by on the-go people. The natural ingredients are kind and beneficial to your body and so help nourish painful and scarred skin… and it’s sweat test approved!
Roll ons are no good because you might be rolling bacteria back on your body, yuck!. Aerosols are not so great for your body because of those harsh chemicals which may cause even more inflammation. Though there are a number of companies creating all-natural deodorants nowadays. They certainly can be quite pricey and it’s just so easy to make your own, because there’s just 4 ingredients!
Why you should make your own deodorant?
*many big brand deodorants contain harsh chemicals so they might irritate the skin and be potentially harmful.
*It smells much better than factory made, in my opinion,because you can experiment to create your own unique essence.
*It’s simple to make and it is effective.
Ingredients and what they do: Bicarbonate soda, Arrow root, Unrefined coconut oil and essential oil
In this homemade deodorant recipe, we will use simple, natural, safe ingredients that are also antibacterial and antimicrobial and can be found in your local supermarket or health food shop.
Interestingly human sweat is odourless but sweat gets its smell after it is broken down by bacteria in your armpits. Because these bacteria convert your sweat into acidic waste products it creates an odour. Bicarbonate soda can eliminate the smell of sweat.
Arrow root can be used as a natural deodoriser without the harmful effects of shop bought deodorants which is great because they often contain harsh chemicals. And did you know that arrowroot contains potassium, iron and B vitamins, which improves metabolism, circulation and heart health, which is great because we easily can absorb things through the skin. The fatty acids called lauric acid found in coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it can help protect the skin from harmful pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
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- 6-8 teaspoons of unrefined and organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ( because some people may be a little bit sensitive to this, you may use less if you experience sensitivity, or if it feels a little scratchy.) Or you can add a little bit of aloe vera oil for its cooling properties.
- 1 teaspoon organic arrowroot powder
- Essential oils and their benefits: Grapefruit (circulation, refreshing, nervous exhaustion) Lavender (anti-bacterial, germicidal, burns, wounds, reduces stress, and reduces scarring, relaxing, immune system and nervous system boosting and Rose (dry skin, eczema, sensitive skin, PMT, depression)
-Melt the coconut oil in a water bath (metal bowl over hot water) and then
-Combine the arrow root and bicarbonate of soda.
-Slowly stir in the coconut oil to get a creamy consistency, so it’s not too thin or too thick.
-Add in up to six drops of the essential oil of your choice. ( and / or a combination)
-Save in a sterilised container (like an empty face cream container) Lasts up to a month.
Feel free to experiment with the essential oil you use so you find the essence that works best for you. The oil you use does make a difference because some are better deodorisers. Ensure that the essential oil you choose safe to use for HS and never use essential oils directly on the skin without a carrier oil because they are very concentrated and may cause irritation.
Made with love.♡
Ana Maria Conneely is a movement and wellbeing expert and speaker. She has been teaching yoga since 2013 and she is also a massage therapist, nutritional advisor and host of The A Way to Live Well podcast.