Natural Beauty: Homemade Deodorant

October 07, 2014
You know that antiperspirant you apply every day? That shit is so bad for you. It's packed with nasty chemicals (just try to read the label!) and has some pretty bad side effects. I used to apply antiperspirant before bed every night so that I wouldn't sweat at all. I had an eternal rash in my underarms and smelled bad half the time anyway. I'm a smelly person.

I switched to more "natural" deodorants a few years ago but none of the ones I tried worked very well. Eventually I tried making my own, and it's a million times better. Seriously. My very sweaty partner uses it too and hardly ever smells. Hehe. Drop your antiperspirant or your Tom's deodorant, which is also filled with unnecessary chemicals, and make some. It only needs four ingredients that you probably already have lying around and it's super cheap and easy to make. Plus, it's a customizable scent. Ooh boy.

Here's the deal with essential oils. We need at least one essential oil for this recipe. If you don't have any and you're planning on buying some to make this, I recommend getting tea tree or lavender*. Both have anti fungal properties, so they get rid of the smelly part of your sweat naturally. They're really useful for other stuff, like natural skin care, aromatherapy, and cleaning your toilet, and they smell good. They're also pretty cheap options as far as essential oils go. A little goes a really long way. I use Now Essential Oils, which you can get here*, and they're on sale right now! Get some!

I'm worried that I've made this sound complicated, but it really isn't. Recipe below!

1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking soda*
20-30 drops essential oil(s) of choice
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Add your powder, baking soda, and essential oils to a bowl and mix it up with a fork. Add the coconut oil and smush it all together. It'll seem like it isn't enough coconut oil at first, but if you keep smooshing everything will come together. I've put some images below if those three steps so you can see what to look for.

You can press it into an empty deodorant tube, into a container with a lid, or, if you're lazy, just leave it in the bowl. That's what I did, and now I don't have any nice photos to show you. Sorry. Keep it in a cool place. If I put it in a tube I usually stick it in the fridge to make sure it stays hard enough to actually apply. If it's in a container/bowl, treat yourself to a little armpit massage every time you put deodorant on. Just like going to the spa, right?

Yes, you'll still sweat at least a little using this natural deodorant. If anything, sweating just makes the scent of the essential oils stronger. You might have to reapply after doing active stuff. Wink.

1. If you don't want to use tea tree or lavender, there are other anti fungal essential oils that'll work well too: cinnamon/cinnamon cassia, clary sage, clove, lemon, patchouli, rosemary, and more. You can also combine scents. I like to make mine flowery, so I use primarily lavender with some ylang ylang and bergamot. When I make it for my partner I use tea tree and peppermint or patchouli and cedar wood.
2. I don't get any money from any of the links I post on here. I just shop on this site a lot because I live in the boonies, and I've had only good experiences with them.
3. If you're the stinkiest kind of person and don't have sensitive skin, you can use more baking soda than this. Don't go above three tablespoons though, as it'll irritate your skin.
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