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DIY Deodorant

DIY Deodorant
March 4, 2016 3 comments

Store bought deodorant is often actually an antiperspirant, which helps to prevent sweat, where as just plain deodorant masks the scent your body produces from the sweat mixing with bacteria. Ive always believed I needed an antiperspirant, since walking around with pit stains all day isn't the sexiest thing I've want to portray to the world. However, after truly thinking about it, this must be so unnatural for our body. I have now switched over to thinking it's beneficial to allow our body to naturally cleanse itself as needed (sweat) BUT I can at least control how the sweat makes me smell!

Another huge turn off to commercial deodorants is the harmful chemicals present in many of products on the market. Some of these chemicals I've found in these products were as follows:

  • Aluminum - may be linked to causing breast cancer in women
  • Parabens - causes hormone imbalances which may increase risks of breast cancer
  • Propylene glycol - has been shown to cause central nervous system damage when used in large amounts.
  • These are just a few of the many questionable components in deodorant and many commercial cosmetic products in general.
  • With that being said, there is an alternative to buying these chemical filled products! A do-it-yourself deodorant! And it's so easy to do!

Ingredients for an all natural homemade deodorant:

  • 5 tbsp Coconut oil (organic extra virgin if possible) - this is the key ingredient to bind it all together. It acts as a natural odor blocker as well as a moisturizer.
  • 4 1/2 tbsp Baking soda - baking soda is the most important substance in this recipe for keeping odors at bay.
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch or arrowroot powder - this acts as a natural moisture absorbent.
  • Your favorite essential oils (suggested eo's listed below) - used for the anti-bacterial properties and pleasant scent.

I usually make a small portion that lasts about 2 months that way it maintains its freshness which keeps my smelling fresh!!

Start by heating the coconut oil to bring it to a liquid state. I usually heat it in a pan over the stove, however when in a hurry the microwave is a good option as well. Once you've got the loosey goosey coconut liquid, transfer it to a small bowl.

I added it directly to the container I was going to store my deodorant in.

Add the baking soda and cornstarch to the bowl of coconut oil and stir with a fork which will thicken the consistency to a loose paste.

This next step will differ with each person depending on your own personal preference of scent and strength of scent! I prefer a more mild, natural scent. Where as some may want to knock someone off their seat when they walk in the door. Hey, no judgement, to each their own ;)!

For my deodorant I chose to add 7 drops of lavender oil, 7 drops of tea tree oil and 7 drops of lemongrass oil. Typically per batch I would suggest adding anywhere from 20-30 drops of essential oil.

After adding all of the said ingredients, I again mix thoroughly with a fork making sure their are no clumps in the mixture. If you made this in a bowl you can now transfer it to the container you wish to store it in. I chose to keep mine in a tin (not to be confused with aluminum!) container. I usually store anything made with essential oils in glass since it's the safest material to store essential oils in but I didn't have a container on hand so this will do! If you choose to store it in a tin container as well just be away some tins are lined with epoxy. Always do your research on the products you are purchasing that they are 100% safe for what you intend to use them for! These days chemicals seem to be hiding in everything!

Congratulations!! You have now made your homemade deodorant! It's as simple as that!

***This recipe makes a deodorant that has a gritty feel to it. The baking soda in the recipe is what gives it this gritty texture but it's one of the most important ingredients to block odors.

Below I have listed information on how to store and how to use your new all natural deodorant. As well as a list of essential oils that would go great in this recipe.

How to store you're homemade deodorant:

My first tip is to store your deodorant somewhere where you'll see it and remember to put it on! I can't tell you how many times I've left the house without putting deodorant on and I definitely am not one to be able to pull the completely au naturál smell off!

That being said, as you may know, coconut oil turns to a solid in cooler temperatures and liquid in warmer. If you keep your house a bit warmer it may keep the deodorant at a runny texture. I, personally, prefer it to be a little firmer. If this is the case you can keep the deodorant in the fridge. In my house we keep it at around 73-74 degrees and it stays firm.

Essential oils to use in homemade deodorant:

You need to be careful applying certain oils to your skin as some are considered "hot" oils and may pose the risk of burning you, while others, like citrus oils, may cause photo sensitivity (skin sensitivity to sunlight). With proper dilution and skin patch tests (testing an oil or product on your skin) you will find what oils may work best for you. Since deodorant is applied to some of the most sensitive skin on your body, it's important to apply gentler essential oils. Here is a list I find suitable for use in homemade deodorant:

  1. Lemongrass
  2. Lavender
  3. Tea Tree
  4. Geranium
  5. Lemon
  6. Ylang ylang

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Robin Walter April 5, 2016 at 7:04 AM
Great job! While sweating is a natural way for our bodies to cool off, the healthier we become the less odor as well! I personally use a crystal stick, but do love the smell of essential oils & coconut oil. Will give it a try!
Jane Vu April 12, 2016 at 4:23 AM
Hi Jessica, thank you for your post. I think I may try this next week. Just one small question before buying the ingredients, could you please tell me how long the deodorant would last in hot and humid weather? I live in China, FYI.
Jessica April 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Hi Jane!

I live in South Florida which also gets pretty humid as well. If you are asking how long the deodorant will last if being stored the answer is 3-6 month if stored inside at room temp.

If you are asking how long it last while you are wearing it the answer varies but it usually lasts me the whole day unless I workout or I am doing something overly physical.

I hope this answers your questions. I would love to hear back from you with your experience and results!