Make Your Own Natural Deodorant. Keep Skin Balanced, Healthy and Chemical-Free!
Looking to save money or end your relationship with chemicals? Here is an easy to make, at-home recipe for deodorant. It takes three minutes to make, 30 seconds to use, and is effective to boot!
Supplies & Ingredients
Get into your kitchen! All your ingredients will be found there.
Container for your deodorant
- Container for your deodorant. I use a honey pot. The ceramic bowl has a notch for a honeycomb (or a spoon, in my case) and a lid.
- Small bell jars are also good.
- Paper cup. Pour into paper cups and tear the cup as you go, holding the deodorant just as you would a store-bought deodorant.
- Old deodorant applicator. I have tried reusing deodorant containers, but once the deodorant became soft, this method no longer worked. It may be different for you.
- Empty push-up cosmetic containers, such as the kind used for Tarte cheek stain.
- Buy your own empty deodorant containers, available on Amazon! Fill and store in a cool place. During summer months, I recommend the fridge (can you imagine anything better than the cool touch of a conditioning homemade deodorant in the dead heat of summer?)
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened or liquified (coconut oil melts at room temperature. A quick zap in the microwave, or set in the sun, should do the trick)
- a few drop tea tree oil
- essential oils you love to smell all day long
I like to start with the coconut oil, then add the essential oils and tea tree oil, followed by the cornstarch and baking soda. Mix well with a spoon.
The mixture is soft but also creamy, similar to a soft toothpaste or peanut butter. It looks very rich and the smell should just about make you melt!
This homemade and inexpensive deodorant goes a long way! One swipe with a stick (or the dixie cup method) is all you need. The application should be transparent once you're done. I use a honey pot for storage and apply using the back side of a spoon. I scrape the top if it's cold, accumulating about 1/8 of a teaspoon, and spread thinly on my underarms, working it into my skin. Over-application could result in clumps that will fall around your feet, or rub on your clothing.
What do these ingredients do?
This deodorant is only that - a deodorant. It is not an antiperspirant, which is only effective with aluminum-based products. But sweating is healthy, helping your body to release toxins trapped inside of it. Though you will still feel perspiration with this deodorant, you will not smell bad! Here's why:
Baking Soda: Baking soda neutralizes odor by chemically altering them, this is why we use an open container in our refrigerators. One would think the bad odors are simply absorbed, but this is not true, otherwise, the baking soda would have those bad odors attached to it (and who wants to store bad smells in their armpits?) So with baking soda, you will still smell good.
Cornstarch: Cornstarch is used in this mix as a thickening agent and to bind the ingredients together. It also helps to absorb moisture! It plays a large role in making the deodorant very soft and velvety to the touch.
Coconut Oil: Aside from its pleasing smell, coconut oil has anti-microbial properties and will therefore help the baking soda in killing odors. Because coconut oil is loaded with healthy acids and naturally occurring vitamin e, it is an excellent moisturizer and actually beneficial to your body.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, and it smells nice! If you wonder if it can keep the nasties at bay (toxins excreted through sweat in your armpits), the tea tree oil is your soldier. Working in tandem with coconut oil, you're safe.
Give it a try!
With the ingredients for this deodorant costing so little, give this deodorant a shot. If you love it, package some up in bell jars as a gift for friends. Impress them! Play with essential oil combinations, such as lavender and cedarwood, or go with a scent you know you love, such as sandalwood or citrus.