I stopped using Secret 4 years ago after realizing how harmful it is to use.
Ingredients in Secret: Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex Gly 15% (anhydrous), cyclopentasiloxane, talc, stearyl alcohol, dimethicone, hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance, polyethylene, dipropylene glycol, silica, behenyl alcohol
There is nothing natural in that!
- Aluminum – has been linked to Breast Cancer & Alzheimer’s Disease. Ugh!
- Propylene glycol – This is a petroleum based compound. In large quantities, this stuff can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
- Cyclopentasiloxane – (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound. This stuff is a highly environmentally toxic compound. It is also known to cause non-reproductive organ toxicity along with endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity
- Dipropylene glycol – this stuff is used as a plasticizer, an intermediate in industrial chemical reactions and as a solvent. Gross!
No thanks! So then I thought I was being “natural” and started using Lavanila deodorants.
Ingredients in Lavanila: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe juice, water/aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed derived), Stearyl behenate (Coconut derived), Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Saccharomyces ferment, Alpha-Glucan oligosaccharide (Sugar derived), Yeast beta glucan, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Usnea barbata (Lichen) extract, Valeriana officinalis root extract (Valerian), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) flower/leaf/stem extract, Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji berry), Botanical fragrance blend.
At $14.00 for 2oz container, I was shocked to see some of these ingredients.
- Carrageenan – it is controversial but this is thought to cause ulcerations and inflammation in the colon which can lead to colon cancer
Propanediol & Zea mays – These are both corn based compounds and 90% of the corn crops in the US are GMO
While these ingredients are not horrible, why pay so much money for controversially harmful products. Plus, it didn’t even keep me dry or odor free!
So I ventured out and tried to make my own…..and I had GREAT success! My very first attempt was a simple one but one that worked. I simply add baking soda and arrowroot to coconut oil and made a paste that I stored in a 4oz masor jar and applied with my fingers. While that worked really really well, I wanted something that I didn’t have to stick my fingers in and get both hands “dirty”.
I finally came up with a homemade solid deodorant that I can use in a deodorant stick!
What you will need:
- 3 TBS coconut oil
- 2 TBS beeswax
- 2 TBS baking soda
- 2 TBS arrowroot powder
- 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like using lavender) – optional
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler.
Once melted, add in the baking soda and arrowroot powder and then remove from the boiler. Then add your essential oils and mix.
Pour into your empty deodorant container and allow to harden for 12 hours. That’s it! It’s extremely easy to make. But what really surprised me was how incredibly well it worked! The baking soda helps absorb odors while the arrowroot powder helps absorb wetness. Plus the coconut oil is antimicrobial so helps to ward off the bad bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. The beeswax is mainly to help keep the deodorant in a solid state. The essential oils are for pleasant aromas but they also help to ward off bad bacteria especially tee tree oil and lavender.
This deodorant kept me dry and odor free even after wearing this deodorant all day AND doing a one hour spinning class…..and I didn’t even apply right before my workout. Trust me….this works wonders AND it’s organic, natural and healthy! Even my husband switched (minus the lavender of course ;)). I added cedarwood and patchouli essential oils to his and he is delighted!
Hope you guys try it out. Thanks for reading 🙂