Last week, Green Ambassadors hosted an event where committee members and Bryn Mawr students learned how to make their own deodorant. Under the instruction of Co-head, Lara Fields, the group followed this recipe to make their own deodorant.
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Arrowroot
- 1 capsule of Pro-biotics
We combined the butters and oils together in a sauce pan to melt them and then added in the dry ingredients and mixed. The end product was transferred into small mason jars provided and placed in the refrigerator to set while cleaning up.
Natural deodorant is a easy and fun to make, and provides a great alternative to most commercial antiperspirants, which have been linked with breast cancer. Most antiperspirants work using aluminum ions that cause the cells lining the sweat duct to swell, blocking the creation of sweat. Well this works well for preventing sweat, aluminum has also been shown to be a known neurotoxin, and due to it’s proximity to the outer area of the breast it’s hypothesized that it can be linked with breast cancer. It’s great to know other, non-aluminum based solutions to keep our armpits smelling nice, while not causing cancer!