Yes it does work, its cheaper and its healthy.
Advertising moulded my mind into the slot of thinking the large companies had some sort of magic to make something to stop us smelling, that we couldn't make in our own kitchens. Well they do. A whole lot of toxic chemical. But the rest of the story is, you don't need their black magic.
Cancer councils say the chemicals used in deodorants have no negative effect on the body. Evidence from independent labs who don't profit from industry and offer lucrative job opportunities show they do.
The stupendous Councils claim there are no links between cancer and:
Cell phones and power lines, Cosmetics, Hair dyes
Deodorant Radiation treatment, Chemotherapy
Household cleansers, Processed foods, Artificial sweeteners
Soy products, Stress
Most recipes you will read online use coconut oil and corn flour or some mix like that. They are fine and work quite well but I have a problem with one armpit getting rash (maybe from the limited movement because of a prosthetic shoulder joint).
After trying a few different things this is the most simple, effective and versatile.
Deodorant Recipe #1
Magnesium oil with your favourite essential oil for smell.
Equal parts of Magnesium Chloride and distilled water mixed and dissolved with a little bit of essential oil. Lavender is a non sensitising and gentle EO.
Use in a small spray bottle.
If you think that you are particularly smelly, you may be magnesium deficient. Most of the population is deficient in Mg. This will also cause more headaches, cramps and other problems. To correct this you can can take a supplement or make Magnesium Oil (equal parts of Magnesium Chloride and filtered water) and apply it topically (on the skin). It absorbs very well.
Most people are magnesium deficient and Magnesium Chloride absorbs well through the skin so incorporating it into deodorant or any other body lotion is excellent for your health.
Deodorant Recipe #2
Corn flour/ Tapioca flour
Coconut oil/Shea Butter
Mix up to 50% Baking Soda with the Corn flour/Tapioca flour. Make sure its not GMO.
Use enough oil to make the mix pasty. Add Essential Oils of your choice. Massage in.
Some people react to the Baking Soda so you can reduce it or leave it out should that be the case. It makes a better deodorant if it can be tolerated.
Essential Oils high in antibacterial action would be advantageous.
For men Cedarwood, Frankincense, or herbaceous oils such as Rosemary might be preferred.
Cedarwood with a very small percentage of Clove oil.
Cedarwood with 25% Frankincense
Cedarwood with 25% Rosemary
For women there are many floral smelling oils but a few blends are:
Lavender blended with 25% Rosemary, or Lemongrass/ Lemon Myrtle..
Rosemary, Lavender and Ylang Ylang.
My preference is to use Shea Butter, melt it and add Tapioca flour. Wait for it to cool so you can tell how moist it is, then add Essential oils. I also add a little Castor oil, which also has antibacterial properties and is very good for lymph function.
When you change from using commercially sold deodorants to natural deodorants, you will have a rebound effect. Because the sweat glands have been messed with most of your life they will over work for several weeks. It does settle down.