I love products with simple, natural ingredients; food without preservatives, lemon juice for facial toner, baking soda for toothpaste…you get the idea. But when it comes to “natural” deodorant (without aluminum or artificial fragrances), I just couldn’t find one that worked. I’ve literally been trying for years.
As I mentioned last month, I have found some great ways to use natural deodorant more effectively. (Exfoliating the armpits, using tea tree oil and lavender, re-freshing half-way through the day with a dry deodorant, etc.) I still utilize those methods, but this homemade deodorant has been the BEST thing I’ve tried so far. There is no need to reapply halfway through the day! Even after a long day and a workout, I’m still stench-free. Victory! And there’s even more benefits to this DIY deodorant. There’s no chemicals, it’s cheap, easy, and better for the environment. (Wins all around!) Also, I like to get creative in how I package it…it can become a fun activity when you decorate the container, or add extra essential oils to make it smell nice.
There can be some challenges initially. It can dry out your skin a bit, or some ingredients may be a bit harsh for sensitive skin. Luckily, I have found solutions to most of those issues, and I list them below. Please feel free to tell me your own recipe, since we all can benefit from new ideas!
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder/Tapioca Starch
- 5 TBSP Coconut Oil*
- 20-30 drops essential oils, like Tea Tree, Lavender, Sweet Orange, or Peppermint
- 2 TBSP Aloe Vera gel
*You can replace some of the coconut oil with cocoa butter or shea butter.
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a container or bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil until liquid.
- Pour the coconut oil over the dry ingredients, and add the essential oils (if using). If using a jar, or container with a lid, just shake the container until the ingredients are mixed. If using a bowl, just whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
- Transfer the ingredients to a sealable container or empty deodorant stick.
- Common Questions and Issues:
My armpits are itchy, or there are little red bumps!
Solution: The high PH of baking soda can dry out your skin, or cause irritation. To counteract this, simply spray a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water into your armpits first. Let it dry, then apply the deodorant. This should fix the problem!
My skin is very sensitive. Will this work for me? If your skin is really sensitive, there are several things to do. For one, eliminate the essential oils. You can also use a larger percentage of corn starch/arrowroot flour and less baking soda.
I sweat a lot, and I’m afraid I’ll still stink after a hot yoga class/hard workout. I don’t know if this will be strong enough for me.
Natural deodorant won’t stop sweat, since it’s not an antiperspirant. (Which is a good thing. To plug up a body’s means of detoxification can cause problems in the long-term). Eventually, you may start to sweat less, since you’re allowing your body to detoxify.
Also, you can add extra essential oils and a larger percentage of baking soda. A large part of body odor has to do with what you eat. Try reducing strong herbs like onion and garlic, or find out if you have a food allergy. Clean foods, and foods that work for your body will produce less of a detoxifying effect (i.e. less smell).
Will it stain my clothes? In short…no. Or at least I’ve never had that happen. It’s similar to using coconut oil as lotion, just make sure it’s absorbed.