For the past several weeks I have been using a homemade deodorant. I was skeptical at first, this was one of the beauty products I have hung on to thinking that natural products wouldn’t do the job because I have tried some store bought natural products with less than desirable results. Was I wrong. I wanted to give the product a good length of trial prior to posting the recipe to ensure that it really does work. I have to say that I like this homemade recipe better than any store bought product I have ever used! I was truly shocked. Although this mixture is not an antiperspirant, it is very effective at the odor eliminating part. Our body naturally perspires to eliminate toxins and cool the body. So using something to help stop the perspiration, like aluminum which is used in many store bought antiperspirants, coats and blocks the pores from being able to perspire. On top of blocking the body from doing what it needs to do naturally, many store bought products contain numerous ingredients that you can’t pronounce, and have been said to cause numerous health problems including cancer, although this has yet to be proven. At any rate, if you want to eliminate chemicals, this is a great alternative. And effective at eliminating odor.
I found a base recipe on Pinterest that I started with. I would love to cite the source, however, the recipe was written in the description, and when I try to go to the link the recipe is not found. I modified the original version slightly anyway. The recipe can be made without the addition of essential oils, but I love the added properties that essential oils give, and it gives it a nice scent but is not overwhelming.
There are many options of essential oils that can be used depending on the properties or scent that you desire. I chose Thieves oil blend for it’s plethora of health properties. Lavender, grapefruit, and geranium would be other good choices as they also have many health properties as well, and you may prefer the scents. I happen to really like the Thieves oil scent, and honestly, after the mixture is absorbed into your skin you really don’t smell it. If you are new to essential oils, go to my Essential Oils tab to read some basics of getting started with essential oils.
You will need some very basic ingredients:
6 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot powder
12 drops essential oil of choice (if desired)
4 oz. Glass jar with lid or 2 deodorant tubes
Coconut oil is a perfect choice to use in the base. It is a great moisturizer for the tender under arm area and has naturally supports the immune system. Odor is caused when bacteria begin to feed on moisture, so it is important to not only reduce bacteria, but eliminate moisture. Baking soda and corn starch (or arrowroot powder) both help to absorb moisture keeping you dry. And of course we all know how deodorizing baking soda is, we use it in our fridge to absorb unpleasant odors. It reacts with the odor molecules to neutralize them and stop odor before it starts. Corn starch is very mild, and absorbs moisture well, reasons it is recommended to use for diaper rash on babies. Many essential oils will also assist in reducing unpleasant odors.
You will need to slightly warm the coconut oil for it to easily blend with the powdered ingredients. I found it easier to not have it in completely liquid form, but just in the creamy consistency. Add the baking soda and corn starch and blend well. Add your choice of essential oils and blend well.
At first I put the mixture in a small glass jar with a lid. I found that applying it from the jar was messy and I wasted some of the product, on top of the fact that I didn’t like putting my fingers in the jar. The mixture will set up fairly firm and it was difficult to get out of the jar. I happened to have just used up a store bought deodorant so I decided to clean the container and reuse it. (You can also purchase empty deodorant tubes on amazon.com) The bottom of the deodorant tube had holes in it so I warmed the mixture just enough to soften it so that I could easily get it in the tube, if the mixture is too runny it will drop through the holes. If you use a deodorant tube, make sure that the tube is rolled all the way to the bottom before filling with the mixture. After the mixture set up it was a very similar consistency to store bought deodorant.
I apply the deodorant before I get dressed and let the mixture absorb into my skin. When I tried applying it after getting dressed, some of the mixture would get on the armpit of my clothes. Given that it has coconut oil in it, I didn’t want that getting on my clothing repeatedly and leaving greasy stains. If you apply prior to getting dressed and allow it to absorb, the oil doesn’t get on your clothing. Since the mixture has coconut oil in it, the oil will melt and become runny when it comes into contact with your warm skin. I just do a couple swipes under the arm so that it doesn’t become really runny. This is more than enough to do the job.
I honestly think this has worked better for me than some store bought products! I never feel sticky, even when I work out and sweat. I never notice any odor at all. I have definitely found what I will be using from here on out for deodorant! I love it!
If you make this DIY Deodorant, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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