Deodorant can be an essential hygienic tool, preventing excess sweat and keeping your armpits smelling fresh. Unfortunately, however, many deodorants contain toxic ingredients. Your armpits are also a sensitive area with many nerves, lymphatic vessels, and connective tissue—which is a terrible place to apply anything with harmful chemicals.
The worst kind of deodorant is labeled as an “antiperspirant” as these contain aluminum that not only is a toxic heavy metal with a slew of adverse health effects but blocks your sweat glands from producing sweat! Many people love them because they are very effective at preventing excessive perspiration, but at what cost?
Sweat is one of the significant ways that your body removes toxins and regulates temperature. Blocking your sweat glands interferes with this process and is a terrible idea if you care about your health.
There are many natural deodorants available today. While these are certainly better than most major name brand deodorants, they often still contain added chemicals that can negatively affect your health.
For those that are health conscious and desire to avoid as many toxins as possible, it quickly becomes apparent that in most cases, the best way is to make our health and beauty products from home.
Now, this DIY deodorant recipe can make your own natural deodorant from home. We’ll include two recipes: one DIY all-natural deodorant that can be made into a stick, just like most normal deodorants, and one DIY essential oil deodorant spray that can work as a natural deodorant as well but is a bit easier to make.
How to Make Natural Deodorant That Works
First, we’ll start with the deodorant stick. This is one of the best natural deodorant recipes available, and it is fairly simple to make yourself.
What you need:
- 2 empty deodorant containers
- Small saucepan
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 3 tbsp beeswax
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- Sandalwood essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Sage essential oil
- Add coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax to a small saucepan and cook on low heat.
- Stir the mixture continuously while cooking until it has melted into an even consistency
- Once melted, remove from heat.
- Add baking soda and arrowroot powder, then whisk together with other ingredients.
- Add in 10 drops of each essential oil and mix (make sure to do so quickly as the mixture will thicken the longer it cools).
- Pour the mixture into the deodorant containers and allow them to sit still so the mixture can set (a few hours)
- Once the mixture has been set, place the lid and store it in a cool and dry location.
There you have it! Your DIY deodorant. You can also use other essential oils if you’d like to go for a different scent. Just keep the total amount to around 25-30 drops.
DIY Spray on Deodorant
Making a deodorant spray is also quick and easy to do. For this recipe, you will need:
- Empty spray bottle
- Alcohol (organic cane alcohol or isopropyl alcohol)
- Purified water
- Orange essential oil
- Vetiver essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
- Fill half of the spray bottle with purified water
- Add in alcohol until the bottle is just over 3/4 full
- Add in 10 drops of each essential oil
- Screw on the cap and shake vigorously to mix the ingredients
That’s it! Now you have your DIY spray on deodorant. As with the other deodorant, you can choose different essential oils if you prefer. Some people also like to add organic witch hazel to their deodorant as a replacement for alcohol or in addition to alcohol.
Every one of us is exposed to numerous toxins daily. While we cannot control all of the sources of toxins in our lives, many of them we can—especially when it comes to what we put in or on our bodies. Now, with these DIY deodorant recipes, you can make your own deodorant from home and avoid putting those toxic ingredients on your armpits.