Most people would be shocked to find out about the toxic ingredients in commercial toothpaste and deodorant products. We take many of the products we use daily for granted, and never stop to think that these products may be harming us.
But one out of every two people in the US will develop cancer at some point, and most commercial antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminum based compounds that have been tied to higher rates of cancer, particularly breast cancer. The aluminum molecule is so small that it fits through human pores and may enter the bloodstream.
One alternative to commercial deodorant is the crystal, which is a colorless stone that is made of natural minerals. It requires a bit of water to be applied, and has anti-bacterial properties. However, be careful: crystals branded as “natural” have been found to still contain aluminum based compounds.
Most toothpaste has fluoride, which some claim has been added by the government to our drinking water to make the population more docile. We should be alarmed to know that one drop of commercial toothpaste is toxic enough to kill a human infant. Fluoride is in almost every household.
Our national cancer crisis is so pervasive that we take it for granted and never stop to think that THIS IS NOT NORMAL, we do not have to be dropping dead from cancer at these rates. SOMETHING is making us sick.
But there is hope: the frugality movement, which calls for living within our means and avoiding consumerism as a result of the current economic crisis, has popularized the trend of making our own toothpaste and deodorant. They’re so easy to make that once you start making them at home, and knowing what you know, you most likely won’t feel an incentive to buy them again – I’ve been making my own toothpaste and deodorant for two years now.
Proponents of homemade deodorant argue that the body needs to sweat and that this is one of the ways in which we detox. And so it is important to avoid antiperspirants, which inhibit the natural process of releasing toxins through sweat. Instead, they say we should discourage the growth of bacteria which create bad odor in the underarm by using anti-bacterial soaps and deodorants.
The basic homemade deodorant recipe calls for half portions of baking soda and cornstarch and the addition of coconut oil, which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Coconut oil can also be used as a cooking oil, to prepare kava kava or chocolate smoothies, and even to make homemade, all-natural shampoo. I use it to make a garlic white rice recipe. It can also add a tropical aroma to ginger rice or jasmine rice.
Coconut oil can be used for much more than deodorants and people who are serious about moving away from chemical products should definitely research the properties of coconut oil and other natural oils, which are used on the skin and hair as well.
Offthegridnews.com has the standard deodorant recipe that I use, plus I add usually sandalwood oil for male fragrance. Rose oil, or any other type of oil that a person likes, can be used to enhance the aroma of the deodorant.
Making your own is also a way to educate others about wholesome alternatives to the chemical products that are available. Some of the YouTubers who make their own deodorants are not only educating others but even creating new family traditions out of these homemade products, which in my opinion serve as a catalyst for cultural renewal and for the rediscovery of old folklore as well as having commercial potential.
Onegreenplanet.org suggests the use of lavender oil. I haven’t used it, but lavender does have calming properties, is used frequently in aromatherapy and has always been used to make detergents. In fact, the word lavender comes from the Latin root for clean.
Homemade deodorant isn’t harsh on the skin and doesn’t contain synthetic chemicals rather it harkens back to ancient traditions that have long been lost. Most of our ancestors made their own deodorants: the Egyptians even placed a small box containing essential oils above their heads so that the oils would drip and mask their body odor throughout the day, and nearly every culture has its own assortment of natural oils and even fruits for this: modern Rastafarians in Jamaica, who follow a strict, all-natural diet known as the ital lifestyle, using a fruit known as akee as soap and deodorant.
Applying homemade deodorant is a bit different from commercial deodorant, but again this is something we may easily get used to. I usually moisten my underarms prior to application, and moisten the deodorant bar. It then becomes easy to apply.
As for homemade natural toothpaste, here is a video with a recipe that is pretty similar to the one I make. The basic idea is to use 5-6 teaspoons of baking soda to one teaspoon of salt, plus vegetable glycerine to create a pasty consistency. A bit of water is usually added during the mixing. In order to give it the refreshing, cooling toothpaste flavor that we’re used to, between 8-15 drops of peppermint oil are usually added. Another optional addition, which I personally like because it masks the saltiness and changes the flavor of the toothpaste, is a teaspoon of stevia as a sweetener.
Another advantage of homemade products is their customization. I encourage everyone making homemade toothpaste and deodorant recipes to search online for guidelines and use them to develop your own recipes, since different people like different fragrances and tastes.
I also encourage you to ask the oldest people in your family about how people in the old days masked their body odors, to research your own ancestral storylines. You may be surprised to discover traditions from your ancestors’ cultures or old family recipes for deodorants that you can then teach your children, family and friends.