Learn how to make an easy, effective, natural deodorant at home with this easy to follow DIY recipe. If you are trying to stay away from the aluminum based anti-perspirants then this may be the recipe for you.
I use a natural based deodorant for one simple reason: The anti perspirant types contain aluminum which blocks sweat while deodorant deals with the odor.
Our bodies were made to sweat, to get rid of waste products including the stinky biproducts of waste. An anti perspirant blocks the sweat glands thus preventing these waste products from leaving your body.
Yes, you have other sweat glands in your body that waste products can be flushed from, but that brings up another point. Do you use all over body anti-perspirant? No? Ridiculous, right? Guess what?, you block odor from your underarms, but then you have odor causing sweat elsewhere.
I say, let your body do what it was intended to do – sweat is natural. You just don’t want to be stinky, so this is where a natural deodorant, especially one with bacteria fighting essential oils can help.
It takes some getting used to, but being free of the aluminum based anti perspirants can be very “freeing” for your body!
About Making a Homemade Deodorant
Making a homemade deodorant is an easy craft to learn. It’s fairly inexpensive, and you don’t need a lot of supplies or ingredients to get started.
Since it is a fairly forgiving recipe you don’t need to worry about weighing exact amounts like in some recipes.
You can even make adjustments in the formula of this deodorant if you like. You might change the dry ingredients. Instead of using cornstarch you can use arrowroot instead. The baking soda can be exchanged for light kaolin, or another type of powdered clay.
If you like just one essential oil, or have a blend of your own, you can use that instead of my suggested blends. Want the deodorant unscented? Don’t add any essential oil to it!
There are different sizes of deodorant containers available for homemade deodorant, so you can chose the size or type you prefer. The smaller sizes are great when travelling and the larger sizes might be perfect at home.
The base of this homemade deodorant include just four easy to obtain ingredients.
Beeswax was chosen not only to add stability to the product, but because it contains emulsifiers that are all-natural, which in turn help retain moisture in the skin. It is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis.
I chose a beeswax that comes in small pellet type form as it is easier to measure correctly. You can always grate or cut the beeswax into very small pieces.
Coconut oil works well in skin care treatments because of its conditioning properties. It is a natural moisturizing agent that penetrates and hydrates deeply. An edible oil, coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.
I recommend an organic, unrefined, cold pressed form of coconut oil as it is additive free and thus I feel healthier for my body.
Baking soda is used for its effectiveness at absorbing moisture, including sweat. Thus it can be useful for keeping your underarms dry. It also effectively kills odor causing bacteria.
Some people are sensitive to baking soda when used on the skin so it is important to do a skin patch test before using!
You can do a patch test by taking a small amount of baking soda mixed with water and applying it to a small area of your skin, like the inside of your upper arm. Wait up to 48 hours to see if your skin develops any sort of rash, any reaction or irritation.
What to do if you are sensitive to baking soda? Use light kaolin clay in its place! The PH of light kaolin clay (around 5 PH) is lower than that of baking soda (around 9 PH), thus there is less chance of skin sensitivity!
Cornstarch also helps to absorb odors and fight wetness. Just make sure to use a non GMO brand. If you have allergies to cornstarch, or just don’t care to use it in your homemade products, arrowroot powder is a great substitute!
Keep in mind that not all essential oils work well with everyone. If you have an allergy to an essential oil, or the plant that it is distilled, or extracted from do not use that essential oil. You can leave it out, or chose another essential oil, such as lavender, that works well for you.
Always, do a skin patch test prior to topically using an essential oil you have never used before! See my sections on essential oil safety:
Most women, myself included, like the softer floral essential oil scents in a deodorant. Lavender is one that is at the top of the list for a lot of women. Not far behind are rose, geranium (especially the softer rose scented variety), chamomile and ylang ylang floral scents, just to name a few.
* This recipe will make approximately 3.6 ounces total. I made one 2.5 oz size and two 15 ml (1/2 oz) travel size deodorants.
Once it has cooled and solidified, your homemade deodorant is ready to use! Use as you would for any natural deodorant. If you made a travel size deodorant container you can take it with you when you need to refresh!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.