How to make homemade deodorant
If you've been on a quest for a natural deodorant, look no further. This homemade deodorant recipe uses just a few ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen — and is free from the questionable ingredients many commercial deodorants contain.
This deodorant isn't intended to suppress perspiration (which is, after all, natural and healthy for your body), but to effectively counter body odor without leaving permanent white streaks.
What you need to make your own homemade deodorant
- Baking soda: A key ingredient in natural deodorants, baking soda can be used on its own for a simple deodorant as a paste made with water. It is a must-have in any natural recipe, as it is free of harsh chemicals and very effective at keeping odor at bay. Choose an aluminum-free baking soda, like that available from Frontier Co-op.
- Powdered clay: Another great component used to fight odor, clay comes in a lot of varieties. This recipe uses Frontier Co-op Bentonite Clay, but different powdered clays can be used. However, color-rich clays are generally not recommended as they could discolor your skin.
- Coconut oil: Great for fighting odor and for moisture, coconut oil was the key binding ingredient for the dry powders. Look for an organic, extra virgin coconut oil.
- Cornstarch or arrowroot powder: Either powder can be used to absorb moisture. This is great for keeping underarms dry. If using cornstarch, be sure to choose organic to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Both cornstarch and arrowroot are available from Frontier Co-op.
- Bergamot (bergaptene-free) essential oil: As one of the better essential oils for a deodorant formula, Aura Cacia Bergaptene-Free Bergamot removes the concern of photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight) that the use of citrus oils like bergamot can bring. In choosing your own essential oils, make sure to use oils that are kinder to the skin as the underarm is a sensitive area. Suggestions include Aura Cacia Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Texas Cedarwood.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Homemade Deodorant Tips:
- If the recipe is too soft, refrigerate after mixing to help it solidify.
- The application may feel a bit gritty. This is normal and results from the consistency of the baking soda.
- This recipe can last for several weeks. Just store appropriately to maximize the usage.
- Some people find that one application lasts a day or two, while others need to use daily.
- Store this in a glass container and keep it in a cool, dark place. Heat and moisture can affect this product as it is naturally preservative free.