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Homemade deodorant that actually works can be difficult to create. Read on for the best homemade deodorant recipe I’ve come across! It’s detoxifying, easy to make, and WORKS!
Body odor. Not something I’ve relished as I tried to find a natural solution for deodorizing my pits.
If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you want to live as naturally as possible – yet, no one wants to smell bad while doing it. And let’s face it, some of those “natural” deodorants just don’t work.
But we also don’t want all those horrible chemicals clogging up our pores and seeping into our bodies. Most commercial deodorants and anti-perspirants contain parabens, aluminum, silica, triclosan, propylene glycol, and other yucky things. Many of these are linked to cancer (particularly breast), skin irritation, and other problems according to Organics.org.
Even so-called “natural” brands of deodorant can contain ingredients that are less than stellar for your health.
Let’s think about this whole sweating thing for a minute. God created our bodies to sweat and get rid of toxins. The anti-perspirants that contain aluminum clog everything up, literally blocking the release of those toxins. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this can’t be good for our bodies.
But I still want to smell pretty. What’s a crunchy girl to do??
Enter the best homemade deodorant recipe on earth.
Guys, I can’t take credit for this one. The original homemade deodorant recipe comes from Nadia at Body Unburdened. I just tweaked it a little bit and saw the idea elsewhere to pour the mixture into empty deodorant canisters. It works just like regular deodorant but it’s SO much better for you! I’m not much of a numbers person, but I’m pretty sure this recipe is also cheaper than store-bought deo.
As opposed to commercial deodorant which puts toxins into your body, this deodorant does the opposite and actually pulls toxins out of your body! Wow.
A side note: If you’re an avid store-bought deodorant user, it may take your body a little while to adjust to the natural deodorant – you may sweat a little more for a time. Just apply the homemade deodorant more frequently to combat this. Your body WILL adjust – and you’re doing yourself a favor!
Homemade deodorant ingredients + what they do:
1 cup coconut oil:
This acts as the base for your deodorant and gives it a creamy texture. It has awesome anti-bacterial properties. If you live in a hot climate, you may need to store the deodorant in the fridge if it starts to get melty.
6 tablespoons baking soda: Neutralizes your pH and helps with body odor.
6 tablespoons corn starch:
The role of cornstarch is to absorb excess moisture from the skin.
2 tablespoons bentonite clay (optional):
Bentonite clay is the detoxifying ingredient in this recipe. It also absorbs excess moisture.
30 drops essential oils:
I like tea tree for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but you could also use lavender, orange, rosemary – use your imagination! I love that this deodorant can be tailored to whatever scent you want.
Please note that this recipe makes enough to fill 2 empty deodorant canisters, plus a little extra.
Before we get to the recipe, a quick note: you can grab the “5 DIY Skincare Recipes” digital download/printable below for free, which includes this and 4 other awesome homemade skincare recipes.
Homemade Deodorant Method:
Start with 2 empty deodorant canisters. You can split the recipe if you only have one. Just wash it out and you’re good to go!
If you don’t have a deodorant canister already, you can find them here or just put your deodorant in a small container and spread it on with your fingers (a bit messy, but it works). Check out these empty containers from Amazon.
Melt the coconut oil until it’s in liquid form. I just stick mine in the toaster oven for a few minutes.
Add all the dry ingredients and essential oils to the coconut oil and stir with a small whisk or fork until it’s nice and smooth. The mixture should look something like this:
Then pour it into your empty canisters.
Refrigerate for several hours until the mixture is solid. You may need to let it sit at room temperature for a little while after this if it’s super cold. It will soften a bit and enable you to twist the deodorant up and down.
Your deodorant is ready to use! I’ve noticed that it goes on a little thicker than store-bought, so you won’t need as many swipes as usual for good coverage.
Once you start making this, you’ll probably never want to stop! So simple, frugal, and good for you.
If you enjoy DIY recipes like this, here’s my favorite resource for homemade products: The Everyday Roots Book. It’s over 400 pages of DIY home & beauty products, plus home remedies. I’ve never seen a resource this comprehensive for DIY recipes and remedies, and believe me, I’ve looked. The author, Claire, runs a really successful remedies website and is considered one of the top experts. I love having this book on hand whenever I need a quick remedy, and I can’t wait to try some of the salves and lotion recipes. Check out the Everyday Roots book here!
Not keen on making your own deodorant? Or need a backup in case you run out? Here’s our favorite non toxic brand – Schmidt’s. It keeps you dry and smells heavenly. They have lots of natural scents to choose from. It even has Mr. Nature’s stamp of approval.
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