There are many harmful ingredients in commercial deodorants and as the demand for natural alternatives rises, we start to see more friendly versions such as an aluminium free deodorant or a paraben free deodorant on the market. I have tried just about every natural deodorant on the market, some of which work pretty well and some that leave a lot to be desired. However, even with some of the chemicals removed, most commercial products still contain unpleasant nasties.
So, something I have been on the lookout for a long time is how to make your own deodorant that works! From the research I’ve done, there are many, many natural deodorant recipes out there to try and it is just about finding something that works for you.
In my search, I noticed that many of the recipes call for a lot of bi-carb of soda (baking soda) as this is the magic ingredient that has the antiperspirant qualities. The trouble, however, is that the pH level of bi-carb can cause a rash on delicate underarm skin – so you have to go easy on it.
I found that for me personally, the mix I have come up with of bi-carb, bentonite clay and arrowroot flour, works a treat. Give it a whirl and make individual adjustments according to what works for you. I have been using the recipe I made for about two months now, and I can happily report that I will continue to use it! It has even worked well during our already hot Perth spring weather.
Natural deodorant ingredients used in the recipe
Bentonite clay helps to absorb impurities, toxins, heavy metals and has a natural calming effect on the skin – perfect for DIY deodorant!
Bi-carb soda is a nature’s deodoriser! But remember, go easy on it as it can cause a rash. You could even limit it to only one tablespoon in the quantities and add some extra clay or arrowroot flour. Two tablespoons works well for me…but see how you go.
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial and makes a good base for this DIY deodorant.
Pro’s of a natural DIY deodorant
- You know EXACLTY what is in it and there is no aluminium or any other hidden nasties.
- You can make it any time from just a few kitchen ingredients.
- Of all the natural deodorants I have tried over the years, I got to admit – I am actually impressed with this one!
You get to change up the ingredients (including essential oils) to suit you.
Con’s of a natural homemade deodorant
- It is a paste – so don’t expect this to be a ‘no white marks EVER’ or a ‘lasts 24 hrs’ deodorant! Remember, natural ingredients don’t work that way and neither does your body! Sweating is a natural process.
- Again, because it is a paste – it might be a bit harder for someone to use who has underarm hair.
- Be aware of the bi-carb content – this might cause a rash.
- Can go a little runny in very hot weather.
DIY Deodorant recipe
5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
6 tablespoons arrowroot flour
3-4 tablespoons bentonite clay
2 tablespoons bi-carb soda
5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil (I have been using lavender and lime)
1 or 2 small (100 ml) sterilised glass or metal sealable containers (I have repurposed some Ecology Skin Care containers as I have plenty of them around…I go through so many of them because I love it!)
Wisk all ingredient well in a bowl and then pour into containers. Place in the fridge to set but then keep out of the fridge as you don’t really want it too hard or it makes it difficult to use.
To use the this homemade deodorant, I have found that it works best if you get a little on your fingers and then wipe your fingers across your arm pit in one smooth motion. Don’t try to ‘rub it in’ in circular motions, this will not work and you will just end up with a crumbling mess. Just wipe a thin layer across your armpit and you are good to go!
Note: If it is a really hot day it may get a little runny, although it actually works best when it is easily pliable, so I am actually ok with that. If you get any redness or a rash, discontinue use. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, make use you are aware of which essential oils you can use and which you should not use during this time.
Have you tried making your own homemade deodorant? What has worked for you and what hasn’t? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experience in the comments below.