Deodorant is a necessary item for anyone who wants to eliminate the odors that can spring from our armpits. But how is that odor created in the first place? Sweat doesn't have any scent; the smell occurs after a few hours when the bacteria start to break down.
This means that we don't necessarily need an antiperspirant. Instead, we only need something to either prevent the bacteria from breaking down or something that will neutralize the odor once it begins to decompose. Many people are afraid to try something that isn't mainstream for fear; it won't work or make it complicated and involved.
But making your own deodorant is surprisingly simple and here are
7 Easy DIY Natural Deodorant Recipes
1) Plain Baking Soda Deodorant
Just sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp cloth and pat it onto your underarms. (Do not rub as baking soda is abrasive and will cause you to experience pain like a rug burn)
2) Rubbing Alcohol
Rub the rubbing alcohol onto your armpits. (The smell will dissipate as the alcohol dries)
3) Baking Soda + Corn Starch + Diluted Essential Oil
- Mix equal amounts of baking soda and cornstarch (about 1/2 a cup each)
- Add a few drops of diluted essential oil of your choice
- Lidded Jar
Store in a lidded jar and apply the same way as the plain baking soda. (Always use essential oils diluted; never apply them undiluted. And make sure you research safety restrictions before using any essential oil
4) Liquid Deodorant #1
- 2 Tbs zinc oxide powder
- 2/3 c. witch hazel extract
- 2 Tbs aloe vera juice
- 30-40 drops of diluted essential oil of choice (use one or a mixture)
- Spray bottle
Mix and pour into a spray bottle. 5) Liquid Deodorant #2
- 4 Tsp alum
- 2 Tsp baking soda
- 8 oz rubbing alcohol
- Spray bottle
Mix and pour into a spray bottle. (You can spray this all over your body or just on your armpits) 6) Solid Stick Deodorant
- 3 Tbs almond oil
- 3 drops lavender oil
- 3 drops rosemary oil
- 3 drops lemongrass oil
- 1 Tbs beeswax
- Lidded Jar
Heat the beeswax and the almond oil over low heat & stir well to mix thoroughly. As soon as the wax is melted, remove from heat & add remaining oils. Pour into a pre-heated jar & let cool. Just scoop a small amount onto your fingers and rub onto your armpits. 7) Solid Deodorant #2
- 1.5 Tablespoon Beeswax
- .5 Tablespoon Cocoa butter
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
- 15 Drops Thyme Oil - white
- 15 Drops Rosemary Oil
- 25 Drops Lavender Oil
- 3 Drops Castor
- Deodorant Container
Melt beeswax. Then add cocoa butter. When the cocoa butter has melted, add the coconut oil and then the essential oils. Mix well and pour into your container. Let cool.
There are many alternatives to buying commercial deodorant, as the above recipes demonstrate, ranging from the super simple to the more complex.
The ingredients are not as harsh as the chemicals found in commercial products, and therefore as less likely to irritate. But always test the product on a small section of skin before applying to your underarms - just in case you do have an allergic reaction.
Of course, another benefit to making your deodorant (besides knowing 100% what it is made up of) is that you can adjust the scent's strength & type to suit your tastes. Experiment with essential oils and research what benefits you would like to take advantage of. Alternatively, of course, you can choose to have no scent at all!
Of course, men can experiment with more 'manly' smelling essential oils when making up their deodorants. Have fun with the above. Please leave your comments and your thoughts after trying any of the mentioned recipes. About the Author
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.
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