Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective
After 3 years, I figured it was about time that I share my recipe for the homemade natural deodorant I use. Minimum of 3 ingredients, 4 if you use essential oil for scent. I only just recently started tracking how long each batch has lasted me and the last time I made one was November 20th, 2014 and I finally ran out March 5th, 2015. Three and a half months of natural, chemical free, moisturizing deodorant for less than a dollar per batch. So, I only spend less than 5 bucks a YEAR on deodorant!! And, the ingredients can be used for other things so there is no waste.
I had to wait until I ran out to write this so I could get photos of me making it. If I missed my window, I would’ve had to wait another 3 months or so. I’ve been wanting to share this for a very long time.
Here is my personal testimonial from the past 3 years:
I’ve been using this for about 3 years now and not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I had any body odor and never been the stinky kid in class. It’s not like I don’t test it either because I do vigorous exercise, bike ride, take hot yoga and have a physically demanding job. Oh, and I live in the beautifully hot state of Arizona. When I first started using it, I would sneak a sniff once in awhile to make sure it was working and now because I’ve never been stinky, I just trust it. I think that’s a pretty good testimonial.
- Start with melted coconut oil. It’s so much easier to blend everything together thoroughly.
- Put the ingredients in your mixing bowl in this order: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch then essential oils if using. If you were to put the coconut oil after the powders, it would create an unnecessarily messier situation. Trust me.
- Once everything is mixed, pour the liquid mixture into your container of choice. Use a container that has a lid and one that you can easily scoop a tiny bit of deodorant out with your finger.
- To use: just scoop approximately the amount of a pea with your finger and rub into your pit until any granules melt. Repeat on the other side.
- I usually use 3 fingers to rub it in. It doesn’t bother me to get it on my fingers because
- it’s so silky smooth
- it covers more space quicker
- its just coconut oi and natural ingredients. Nothing a quick wipe of a towel won’t fix. I’d much rather have to wipe my finger than use harmful chemicals.
- As long as I rub it into my pit thoroughly and any granules that might be there melt, it never ever ever leaves a deodorant stain on my clothes. You know how regular deodorant over time leaves a white stain on the pits of your shirts and is difficult to wash out? Imagine how penetrating all those chemical are right on your skin.
- I advise using a 1/4 cup LESS one (1) Tablespoon of baking soda. I find that this is the perfect amount to prevent any skin irritation, especially after shaving. Since doing this, my skin hasn’t been irritated once, even after shaving.
- Lastly, put the liquid mixture in the fridge for about an hour to allow the coconut oil to solidify a bit. If it’s rock hard, don’t worry because it will end up being paste-like once it’s been sitting in your bathroom at room temperature. Once it’s softened up a little from sitting at room temperature, I take a fork to scrape the surface and ‘chunk it up’ so I can scoop it with my finger tip.
I started using homemade natural deodorant specifically because of the link between Alzheimer’s and store bought deodorant. My grandmother Shirley (I miss her so much) died of Alzheimer’s and I try to do whatever I can to prevent it if possible. Not to mention the other links like breast cancer.
Less chemicals, more life 🙂
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup LESS 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
- ¼ cup PLUS 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch
- 3 - 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (start with 3 drops, stir in and then add a drop at a time to get the desired scent strength)
- In a bowl combine all ingredients in this order: melted coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch, essential oil.
- Using a fork, mix until everything is combined well.
- Place liquidity mixture into a small container with a lid and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until it solidifies. It will turn paste-like once it sits in your bathroom at room temperature.