If you’ve never before made your own homemade deodorant, you’ll quickly learn just how easy it is and how effective an all-natural recipe can be!
For quite a long time now I’ve been wanting to make my very own homemade deodorant. I’ve been using all-natural deodorants for years, but I kept hearing how darn simple (and inexpensive) it is to whip it up on your own! So, I decided it was time.
What I love about this deodorant recipe is that it requires only 3 ingredients:
- Coconut oil: moisturizing and mildly antibacterial
- Arrowroot or corn starch: used for thickening
- Baking soda: for absorbing and neutralizing odour!
Plus, it takes less than a couple of minutes to make.
Keep in mind that this is not an antiperspirant, it’s a deodorant. This means that you’ll still be able to sweat, but odours will be kept at bay!
It’s also important to note that this recipe uses baking soda as its active deodorizer. Some people’s skin react to baking soda, so I recommend trying out a small amount on your skin first to see how it feels through the day. Additionally, avoid applying this deodorant immediately after shaving as it can cause irritation.
Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe
A natural 3-ingredient deodorant recipe that can easily be modified with essential oils to customize the scent.
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp arrowroot or corn starch
- 2 tbsp baking soda adjust amount based on skin sensitivity
- 10-20 drops essential oil of choice (I like 10 drops lavender and 15 drops bergamot) *optional
Melt or soften coconut oil (if hardened)
Add baking soda and starch to small bowl and combine.
Mix in coconut oil (you can melt or soften it beforehand for easier mixing) and stir until combined.
Add essential oils if desired and stir.
Transfer to container of choice (a 3-4oz jar works just fine). Store in a cool, dry place.
This homemade deodorant may liquify a little bit if kept in warm environments. Store in refrigerator if desired. Will last 3 months or longer.
This recipe is very easy to modify, and there’s really no wrong way to make it. Add a little more or a little less coconut oil for desired consistency, try different essential oils (or none at all), or reduce the baking soda if your skin is sensitive.
Benefits of Natural Deodorant
Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants can contain substances such as aluminum, parabens, alcohol, talc, triclosan, perfumes, and pathalates, some of which can negatively impact our endocrine system. Making deodorant yourself can minimize your exposure these compounds.
Sensitive to baking soda? Here are some tips:
Many DIY deodorant recipes call for equal parts baking soda and starch, but because I have sensitive skin, I like a little less baking soda.
It’s not uncommon to develop a rash from baking soda, so if you are sensitive, reduce the amount further in this recipe (such as 1/2 tbsp) and avoid applying immediately after shaving.
Have you ever made homemade deodorant? What are your favourite essential oil combinations? Leave me a comment below and be sure to watch the video on how to make this homemade deodorant below: