How to Make Homemade Deodorant:
10 Natural Deodorant Recipes
Why make a homemade deodorant? Although many people try to stop their underarm sweating with antiperspirants, blocking the sweat glands with an antiperspirant interferes with the natural elimination of toxins from your body. Plus, most commercial antiperspirants and deodorants contain aluminum compounds, which some sources believe are potentially toxic.
Caution: Many of these recipes use baking soda, arrowroot powder,
or cornstarch because they absorb perspiration. These ingredients are
fine for most people but will irritate the skin of some. Test a small
amount of each ingredient under your arm to make sure the ingredient
doesn't irritate your skin. Also, make sure you aren't sensitive to any
of the essential oils for deodorant you choose to use.
The first five recipes are creamy deodorants you apply with your fingers or a cotton pad. Then there's three
stick deodorant recipes, followed by two natural deodorant sprays. 1. Basic Homemade Natural Deodorant
This deodorant recipe is probably the simplest you'll find.
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking soda 20 to 25 drops lavender essential oil (or essential oil of choice, such as sandalwood for men) In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, cornstarch (or arrowroot powder), and baking soda. When the mixture has thickened slightly, thoroughly blend in essential oil. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and let cool. Cover with lid.
To use: Apply a thin layer to your underarms using your fingers or a cotton pad.
Skinny Ms. 2. Homemade Deodorant Recipe With No Baking Soda
If baking soda irritates your skin, make deodorant using this recipe.
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened 20 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil 10 drops of one or a combination of lemon, orange, peppermint, or frankincense essential oils
Mix all the ingredients together and place in a glass jar. Use as needed.
A Blossoming Life 3. DIY Deodorant With Green Clay
You can also use clay to make natural deodorant.
2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened 1 tablespoon green clay 1 tablespoon baking soda or arrowroot powder 18 drops essential oil (see suggested blends) In a small bowl, mix the coconut oil, clay, and baking soda or arrowroot until well blended. Blend in essential oils. Place deodorant in a 2-ounce glass jar and use as needed.
Suggested essential oil blends:
13 drops patchouli + 5 drops sandalwood (men might prefer this scent) 10 drops lemon + 4 drops DISTILLED (not cold-pressed) lime + 4 drops orange (for a citrus scent) 8 drops tea tree + 3 drops lemon + 4 drops palmarosa + 3 drops eucalyptus (bit of a medicinal smell but effective for odor reduction)
Aromahead Homemade Deodorant 4. All Natural Deodorant Recipe with Shea Butter
Shea butter is another ingredient you can use to make natural deodorant.
2 tablespoons shea butter 3 tablespoons coconut oil 3 tablespoons baking soda 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder 10 to 30 drops essential oils Heat shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. Remove from heat and blend in baking soda and arrowroot, mixing well. Stir in essential oils. Pour into a glass container for storage. Cool. Cover with lid. Use as needed.
Wellness Mama 5. Extra-Strength Natural Deodorant Recipe
This homemade deodorant provides extra-strength protection.
1-1/2 teaspoons grapeseed oil 3/4 teaspoon shea butter 3/4 teaspoon vegetable glycerin 1 tablespoon baking soda 3 drops each eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils Heat the grapeseed oil, shea butter, and vegetable glycerin in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously, until the shea butter has melted and the mixture has a uniform consistency. Remove from heat. Stir in the baking soda and essential oils. Place in an airtight glass jar. Use as needed.
GOOD 6. Homemade Deodorant Stick
Makes about three containers of deodorant.
1-1/3 cups coconut oil 1-1/2 tablespoons grated beeswax 3/4 cup arrowroot powder 1/4 cup baking soda 2 tablespoons bentonite clay 5 drops lemongrass essential oil 25 drops tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil Heat coconut oil and beeswax over low heat until barely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in other ingredients, except essential oils. Let cool, stirring about every 5 minutes, until mixture becomes the consistency of pudding. Blend in essential oils. Spoon mixture into deodorant stick containers. Let set overnight in a cool location.
Traditional Cooking School 7. Citrus Scent Natural Stick Deodorant
Fills one deodorant container.
3 tablespoons grated beeswax 1/2 teaspoon shea butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 teaspoon bentonite clay 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder 20 drops distilled (not cold-pressed) lime essential oil 10 drops tangerine essential oil Place beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat. When the ingredients have melted, add the arrowroot powder and bentonite clay, stirring continuously to avoid any clumps. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils until well combined. Pour mixture into a clean deodorant container and let cool until solid.
Naturally Mindful 8. Homemade Deodorant Stick for Sensitive Skin
Fills two deodorant containers.
1/3 cup coconut oil 3 tablespoons grated beeswax 2 tablespoons shea butter 1/3 cup arrowroot powder 1 to 2 tablespoons baking soda 10 to 15 drops essential oil Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously. Remove from heat. Whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Stir in essential oils quickly as mixture will start to thicken. Pour into two empty deodorant containers. Let sit for a couple of hours until completely set. Place lid on deodorant. Use as needed.
Thank Your Body 9. Natural Deodorant Spray With Essential Oils
To make your own deodorant spray is a little more complex.
5 drops cypress essential oil 5 drops lavender or coriander essential oil (men may prefer coriander) 5 drops sage essential oil 15 drops sandalwood essential oil 4 tablespoons witch hazel or aloe vera juice 1 tablespoon alcohol Spray bottle
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle. Before each use, shake well.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art 10. Natural Spray Deodorant With Hydrosols
Hydrosols are a gentle alternative to essential oils. Dissolve the acacia gum in the hydrosols and pour into a spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake vigorously.
To use: Shake and spray 2 to 3 times under each arm.
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