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It’s hard to find a DIY natural deodorant that really works. I tried loads of recipes and products, but nothing really seemed to suit me or my family, so I eventually came up with my own natural deodorant recipe, and it works! We all smell lovely and fresh, and we aren’t putting nasty chemicals and metals on our skin to do it.
There are so many reasons to forego commercial deodorants, and I won’t go into them all now, but here’s a few of the key reasons we choose to use natural deodorant:
- Chemicals. Dangerous aluminum compounds, parabens, and triclosan are common ingredients in deodorant, and they can cause havoc in the body – some are known carcinogens, and others are known hormone inhibitors or endocrine disruptors.
- Commercial deodorant is expensive, whether you use stick or spray. Homemade deodorant is less expensive and often more effective.
- Natural deodorant is better for the environment in that it requires no chemicals or ingredients that otherwise harm the planet. Plus, if, like many, you’re looking to reduce your waste production and plastic consumption, switching to a DIY natural deodorant that you store in a glass jar is a great place to start.
- Natural deodorant works with your body rather than blocking essential sweat glands. Sweating contributes to normal body function, including health immune function.
- Chemical absorption occurs through the armpits in an unfiltered manner, straight through your skin or hair follicles. With a natural deodorant, there are no toxins to be absorbed.
It’s important to note that, for the first week or so, while your body adjusts to a natural deodorant and sheds the toxins from your old commercial, aluminum-based one, you might be a little smellier than normal. Not everyone is – none of my household was – in fact, we all felt and smelled a lot fresher right away. But if you’re concerned, don’t first try this in the middle of summer – wait until fall when the weather starts to cool a little.
Now, just because something is simple, that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. Yes, this is a really easy homemade deodorant recipe, but it really does work. I’d usually argue that simple is better. I use white vinegar mixed with water for a general household cleaner, a three-ingredient natural toilet cleaner, and a blend of water, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils in place of commercial, chemical-laden products. These homemade alternatives are ridiculously simple, and insanely effective. So don’t be afraid to try this simple, natural deodorant recipe.
Best Essential Oils for Deodorant
There are plenty of oils to choose from for your natural deodorant recipe, but the best essential oils for deodorant, at least in my opinion, have a clean, fresh scent, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and insect-repellent properties. Once vital point to note: You must only purchase therapeutic-grade essential oils. Fragrance oils are not safe for use in deodorants or any other product that will come into contact with your skin in a similar fashion. Make sure the essential oils you choose are clearly labeled as therapeutic-grade and are from a reputable brand.
I’ve found the best essential oils for deodorant to be a blend of geranium, tea tree, lime, orange, and lavender. I use these because of their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and bug-repelling properties. This blend also smells fabulous and keeps me fresh all day, and I’m not harassed by mosquitos, wasps, and other insect pests. Play around with different blends until you find the best essential oils for you. Other options include:
- Clary sage
A quick word of caution – not everyone can tolerate baking soda on their armpits. I have pretty sensitive skin, as does my partner, and we don’t have any issues with this natural deodorant recipe, but, of course, everyone is different, so if you do find your armpits get a little red or irritated, find yourself a new recipe, or switch to a crystal deodorant, as it’s not something your body will get used to — either you’re sensitive to it or not.
DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe:
- 1/2 cup soft (not melted) coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (can substitute for cornflour if necessary)
- 20-30 drops of essential oils
This DIY natural deodorant recipe is super easy to make. Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder together, then stir it into the softened coconut oil. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, add in your essential oil blend and stir again. Then, simply transfer into a jar and keep it somewhere at a moderate temperature, like your bedroom or bathroom, as these rooms tend to stay consistently cool. Remember, this DIY deodorant needs to be kept warm enough to remain soft, but not so hot that it turns to liquid.
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