Making your own natural deodorant is sooo much easier than you might think. You just need a few ingredients and 5 minutes.
Why would you want to make your own deodorant though if there are plenty of options in your local supermarket or pharmacy?
- You know what is in it: Most commercial deodorants are full of chemicals and tons of ingredients you can’t even pronounce
- Avoid waste: All deodorants come in plastic or glass packaging that is mostly not recyclable through the local councils (Terracycle is your only option here)
- Care for your skin: Natural ingredients like coconut oil are anti-bacterial and moisturize
- Save money: All ingredients are easy to get in supermarkets and bulk food stores. Bulk food stores give you the option to only buy as much as you need, you just fill your own bag or container and as such there is no waste and you save money. The ingredients are all cheap and you don’t need much. If you can get them in bulk from a local bulk food store only in the quantity you need, it will only cost you only about $1.40 for around 90ml of deodorant. So much cheaper than store bought deodorant!
- Have fun making something yourself: It is very satisfying to make something with your own hands and enjoy the benefits afterwards 🙂
So how does it work?
- 1 part baking soda
- 2 parts arrowroot starch or corn starch
- 3 parts melted coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of an essential oil of your choice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and combine well with a spoon, ensure that no clumps form. Add more of each ingredient depending on desired texture. Fill into jar. Done. 🙂
The mixture will harden once the coconut oil comes to room temperature. To apply just scrape off a pea size amount and apply to your underarms.
Some people react to baking soda, you might get dry or red skin at the beginning, but it should get better after a few days. If not, then reduce the amount of baking soda or replace with clay or similar.
The deodorant works well for me, no smells. I like frangipani essential oil and other floral notes, but more common would be citrus oils which are anti-bacterial, lavender oil is soothing and peppermint oil refreshing.
There are so many different options to make deodorant, like adding shea butter or cocoa butter, experimenting with different essential oils and more. I would love to hear from you. What is your favourite recipe?
For see how easy it is, check out my video that is now live on my YouTube channel: