7 Easy DIY Deodorant Recipes
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Deodorant is necessary 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 has no scent; the smell occurs after a few hours when the bacteria break down.
In fact, this means that we don't necessarily need an antiperspirant. Instead, we only need something to prevent the bacteria from breaking down or neutralize the odor once it decomposes. But unfortunately, many people are afraid to try something that isn't mainstream, fearing it won't work or that making a deodorant from scratch is too complicated and involved.
But making your own deodorant is surprisingly simple, and here are 7 easy DIY natural deodorant recipes to prove that!
Option 1: Baking Soda Deodorant
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth and pat it under your underarms. (Do not rub as baking soda is abrasive and will cause you to experience pain like a rug burn)
Option 2: Rubbing Alcohol
Rub the rubbing alcohol under your armpits. (The smell will dissipate as the alcohol dries)
Option 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 like the plain baking soda. (Always use essential oils diluted; never apply them undiluted. Make sure you research safety restrictions before using any essential oil)
Option 4: Liquid Deodorant #1
- 2 Tbs zinc oxide powder
- 2/3 c. witch hazel extract
- 2 Tbs. aloe vera juice
- 30-40 drops diluted essential oil of choice (use one or a mixture)
- Spray bottle
Mix and pour into a spray bottle.
Option 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 under your armpits)
Option 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 and stir well to mix thoroughly. Once the wax is melted, remove it from the heat and add the remaining oils. Then pour into a pre-heated jar and let cool. To use, scoop a small amount onto your fingers and rub it on your armpits.
Option 7: Solid Deodorant #2
- 1.5 Tbs. beeswax
- 0.5 Tbs. cocoa butter
- 1 Tbs. 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. Add the coconut oil and essential oils once the cocoa butter has melted. Mix well and pour into your container. Let cool.
As the above recipes demonstrate, there are many alternatives to buying commercial deodorant, ranging from the super simple to the more complex.
The ingredients are not harsh like the chemicals in commercial products and are, therefore, less likely to irritate. But always test the product on a small section of skin before applying it to your underarms - just in case you have an allergic reaction.
Of course, another benefit to making your own deodorant (besides knowing 100% what the ingredients are) is that you can adjust the scent's strength and type to suit your tastes. Experiment with essential oils and research what benefits you would like to take advantage of. Alternatively, 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. So have fun with the above. After trying any of the mentioned recipes, please leave your comments and thoughts.
About the Author
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.