Normally full of ingredients that would make a person squirm, deodorant is probably the one personal care product that the majority of people use. The reasons behind using a natural or homemade deodorant are many, but for me it all goes back to letting the body work the way it’s supposed to – sweat helps us release toxins. Using antiperspirants we cause those natural passageways to become blocked, causing toxins to move elsewhere. So while I do want to stay away from conventional deodorants because of aluminum, parabens, and other multiple chemicals, one of the main reasons I choose to use homemade is that it allows my body to work as God intended.
It’s not easy to change something that is so innately personal. None of us want to stink! Especially as women – I think we all would rather smell like flowers right? So I get that the thought of switching to a natural deodorant can be scary. For those of you who have purchased natural deodorants and had bad luck, even more so!
But this natural alternative works well and many people use it, including myself.
I’ve used this for a year now and actually like it better than any of the ‘natural’ deodorants I’ve tried from the health food store. I’ve learned I don’t need to use near as much (too much will start balling up under your arm) and I’ve actually begun to not only sweat less, but stink less as well when I am busy working. It also doesn’t stain my clothes. The only times I notice smell are when I’ve eaten less than desirable foods *cough, sugar,cough* but otherwise it agrees with my skin and my body.
*I like to mix mine with the coconut oil melted as I find the mixture to be more consistent that way. Just place your mixing bowl in the refrigerator or into a sink of cold water to firm it back up with in a couple of minutes. If you’d rather mix it with the oil in its solid state – feel free to do so.
*If you live in a warm climate, since coconut oil has a melting point of about 75°, you may want to put it in the refrigerator so it doesn’t melt. Another option would be to use cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil. (mine melted in the cupboard last summer – it’s not fun mopping up coconut oil!)
*You may also use another essential oils, I just use the tea tree oil as it is supposed to be naturally antibacterial and will help with any odor. (just double-check to make sure that specific EO is safe for pregnancy or nursing) You can also leave it out without it affecting the final product.
*If you experience any itching, it’s most likely due to the baking soda. Cut back on the baking soda and use more arrowroot powder instead. Since you won’t know the best ratio for your skin, you can just melt the mixture back down and add more arrowroot powder and coconut oil to the right consistency.
*You may need to go without any type of deodorant for at least a few days when switching from a conventional deodorant to help clear out any toxins that have built up. Actually, I was told by Joanna of Actual Organics that it may take a couple of weeks for the body to clear out those passageways. In this time you may experience more smell and sweating and this is normal.
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 5-10 drops tea tree oil
- Mix all ingredients together and press into an old deodorant container.
- To use, let it rest against your skin for a couple seconds to soften the coconut oil, do one slow swipe under each arm and use the palm of your hand to spread it around.
Have you been brave enough to try homemade deodorant? How did it work?