If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you want to live as naturally as possible – yet, no one wants to smell bad while doing it.
We also don’t want all those horrible chemicals clogging up our pores and seeping into our bodies. Most commercial deodorants and antiperspirants contain parabens, aluminum, silica, triclosan, propylene glycol, and other yucky things. Many of these are linked to cancer (particularly breast), skin irritation.
A side note: If you’re an avid store-bought deodorant user, it may take your body a little while to adjust to the natural deodorant – you may sweat a little more for a time. Just apply the homemade deodorant more frequently to combat this. You’re body will adjust – and you’re doing yourself a favor!
Homemade deodorant ingredients + what they do:
- 1 cup coconut oil: This acts as the base for your deodorant and gives it a creamy texture. It has awesome anti-bacterial properties. If you live in a hot climate, you may need to store the deodorant in the fridge if it starts to get melty.
- 6 tablespoons baking soda: Neutralizes your pH and helps with body odor.
- 6 tablespoons corn starch: Absorbs excess moisture.
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay (optional): Also absorbs moisture and pulls toxins from the body.
- 30 drops essential oils: I like tea tree for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but you could also use lavender, orange, rosemary – use your imagination! I love that this deodorant can be tailored to whatever scent you want.
Please note that this recipe makes enough to fill 2 empty deodorant canisters, plus a little extra.
Homemade Deodorant Method:
- Start with 2 empty deodorant canisters. You can split the recipe if you only have one. Just wash it out and you’re good to go!
- Melt the coconut oil until it’s in liquid form.
- Add all the dry ingredients and essential oils to the coconut oil and stir with a small whisk or fork until it’s nice and smooth.Then pour it into your empty canisters.
- Refrigerate for several hours until the mixture is solid. You may need to let it sit at room temperature for a little while after this if it’s super cold. It will soften a bit and enable you to twist the deodorant up and down.
Your deodorant is ready to use! I’ve noticed that it goes on a little thicker than store-bought, so you won’t need as many swipes as usual for good coverage.
Once you start making this, you’ll probably never want to start using the fake stuff again! So simple, frugal, and good for you.