I'm disgusted with most conventional deodorants: They contain harmful ingredients like aluminum and parabens! Not to mention antiperspirants aren't healthy either: Anything that inhibits your body's natural sweating ability is dangerous. What's the solution? Making your own homemade deodorant! There are all-natural deodorant brands out there (you just have to do a little digging), but doing it yourself will save you a buck. Not to mention you get complete control over what's in it and how it's packaged.
I know this sounds weird, but this particular deodorant recipe is not a stick: It's more like a lotion. You slick some onto your finger and apply it to your pits. While it's a little different, it's still super simple. Plus, it can be stored in a glass jar (so before you throw out your empty jelly jars, rinse and save them for this DIY!). I recommend buying the ingredients in bulk if you can (all of them are available online, by the way), so you can make more whenever you run out.
All-Natural Deodorant Recipe
You can use any essential oils you like; try a blend of lavender and chamomile if you're looking for ideas. If you prefer a more invigorating scent, try lemongrass and thyme essential oil. The amount of essential oil you add greatly depends on preference: there's no right or wrong amount! Just make sure the essential oil of your choice is safe to use on skin.
- 3 Tablespoons Shea butter
- 3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 2 Tablespoons baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 10-15 drops essential oil
- First, put the Shea butter and coconut oil into a glass jar (not the one you'll be storing the end product in). You can use a pint-sized jar. Set the jar into a pan of lightly boiling water until the Shea butter and coconut oil are liquefied. Alternatively, you can microwave the two in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Now give the melted contents a stir and add in the arrowroot powder and baking soda. Mix it together well.
- Add in your essential oils. Feel free to create a unique blend combining two or more essential oils (ex: 5 drops of chamomile, 5 drops of lavender), or stick to just one essential oil.
- Mix well. If it doesn't smell as strong as you'd like, add more of your chosen essential oil.
- When you like the scent, pour the mixture into a glass jar and allow it to cool and solidify. Feel free to put it in the fridge to speed up the process.
- When you're ready to use it, apply a pea-sized amount under each arm. Your warm body temperature will allow it to spread easily. Preferably, let your deodorant soak in and dry for a few minutes before dressing. Now you're good to go!