As an alternative to store bought deodorants that often contain strange things you cannot even pronounce, many people prefer to make their own. There are many things that can be used as a natural deodorant. After doing some research recently I thought I’d give DIY Homemade Deodorant a try.
DIY Homemade Deodorant
There are many things that can be used as a natural deodorant. After doing some research recently I thought I’d give this a shot. I will have to let you know how well this works another time. With a tween and teen in the house I am sure you can all understand that deodorant is NOT a frill at all, but a necessity. And we go through it faster than ever before.
I was surprised at the range of items you can use to make your own deodorant. One small caveat though: you will want to be sure that you test things before committing to them as your body may not agree with your choice. If you break out in a rash or the skin feels irritated be sure to switch to a new method.
Many people prefer to add Essential Oils to these options listed below. Essential Oils are natural and will add your preferred scent to the option that you choose. Be sure to test that your underarms will tolerate the oils on your skin before adding them to your recipe for Do it Yourself homemade Deodorant.
Personally although I love all of the essential oils I have here ( I have peppermint and rosemary and lavender oil too) but I like the natural scent of the coconut oil on its own. It is very summery.
There are several easy ways to make deodorant:
- Dab lemon juice under your arms, it will smell good as well as prevent sweating throughout the day. This method can work on almost any part of the body that sweats often.
- Baking Soda and Corn Starch
- You can use one or the other as well as choosing to use a mix of both. The baking soda will prevent sweating, while the corn starch will soak up moisture.
- Rubbing Alcohol
- You can use rubbing alcohol in the same manner that you would use lemon as mentioned above.
- Witch Hazel
- Witch Hazel has been said to work well as a deodorant. Its astringent-like qualities help to clear pours and block sweat from occurring.
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut oil also works well on its own as a sweat blocker. It will block the pores from sweating as well as moisturize in the process.
Basic Recipe (but this is the one we made)
- ¼ Cup Baking Soda
- ¼ Cup Corn Starch
- 5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/8 Cup Arrow Root (Optional, reduce Coconut Oil to 3 or 4 tablespoons if opting out of using the arrow root.)
- Essential Oils (Optional, be sure your skin will tolerate essential oils before using them in this recipe.) We didn’t use any this time.
- Simply mix the above ingredients together and store in a well-covered container. So easy! Plus it smells great!
- Pin this for later because it is useful for those times when you run out. By the way my 11-year-old was very much into this DIY process.