I never imagined I would write a post about making your own deodorant. Let alone that I would actually do it myself.
I have always loved the idea of DIY beauty products, but I never really trusted them or I thought they would be a huge pain in the petuti to make. This Christmas I dove in head first and made natural beauty kits as my gift of choice based on the strategy laid out by one of my favorite bloggers, Homemade Mommy. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought, and now I’m stocked up on lip balm, lotion bars, and bath salts from the extras I made.
It’s no secret that what we put on our skin absorbs into our bodies. Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly moving to topical creams because the skin is so efficient at absorbing whatever is put on it. This is good news when you want something absorbed quickly, and bad news when you consider the chemical concoctions that make up most of our body care products. (Yes, even the “natural” and organic ones are frighteningly unnatural. Try reading – and interpreting – those labels! They make food labels seem downright simple.)
And so, piece by piece, I’m slowly transitioning what’s in my bathroom from standard fare to DIY versions – some made by yours truly, others made by local artisans I know from farmers’ markets around town.
The next frontier for me is deodorant. I hate to be stinky AND I’m incredibly leery of slathering chemicals in my armpits to either prevent perspiration (never a good idea – this is a key detoxification pathway we don’t want clogged) or to make me smell “fresher” (by a smell concocted in a lab?) Filled with aluminum, parabens, propelyne glycol, and phthalates (all of which have been linked to different health conditions), deodorants were top of my list to replace with natural options.
I reached out to my tried and trusted fellow bloggers for their top recipes for DIY deodorant, and am thrilled to share their recipes.
There’s a little something for everyone in here! I can hardly wait to try them out…
Update! It’s even easier and more effective than I imagined
I wrote this post originally almost two months ago, wanting to inspire myself to finally make my own deodorant. I even let the stuff I had been using run out, and didn’t replace it… It was a stinky month.
And finally, FINALLY, I tried it, and was amazed at how easy it was to make (if I went slowly it might have taken a whole 2 minutes) and how well the final product actually worked! Yes, I’ll admit it… I worried that I’d go to all this effort and still be stinky.
Here’s what I did (based heavily on recipe #2 from the Holistic Health Herbalist). I combined:
Stir them up, put them in a mason jar, and voila! Deodorant. The baking soda and arrowroot powder soak up moisture. The coconut oil is beautifully soothing and is a natural anti-bacterial. The Immune Support oil smells amazing, and is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-septic, and anti-bacterial.
And the bottom line? It WORKS. My first day I rubbed the teeniest bit under my armpits (careful to cover the whole area but really, a little goes a LONG way), and was out all day sweating in the sun – hiking, with baby, etc. At the very end of the day, just before bed, I did a smell test (even had my ever-willing husband smell as well). Nothing. No odor, no stink, not even a hint of a smell. I was amazed. And hooked. I’ll never buy deodorant again.
Here are 11 recipes to get you started:
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