Once Upon A Time, I laughed and rolled my eyes at the people who made homemade laundry detergent, homemade cleaning products…and homemade deodorant. I called these people “super hippies” and I always warned my husband that if I ever got like that, he had my permission to tease me.
However, as I research fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, I have also been learning about all of the benefits of natural products. I have also learned THROUGH my research that many of the non-natural chemicals in everyday products are bad for me. In some cases, Really, Really Bad for me.
My research eventually made me realize that the deodorant that I buy at the store is FULL of nasty stuff and I have no interest in continuing to use those chemicals on my skin or in my body. You can learn more about the yucky stuff in store-bought deodorants here or here. Even if the information about deodorant is grossly exaggerated, I have decided that it is safer to use natural products for my deodorant than put any risks on my health.
Homemade Deodorant Ingredients
I made my first batch of homemade deodorant a few weeks ago, and I am greatly pleased with the results. I have had no issues with body odor, and some of the ingredients actually draw out the toxins from the store-bought deodorants, so I feel less anxious about previous years of store-deodorant use. I have read from other accounts that homemade deodorant does NOT prevent you from sweating. However, I seem to be sweating less now than before. That might be because it is winter, though, so I am not going to boldly declare anything about homemade deodorant against sweat…yet.
Most homemade deodorant recipes use the same ingredients, but in different ratios. The main ingredients are:
- Coconut oil (Check out this one)
- Arrowroot Powder (Like this one)
- Baking Soda (Like this one)
- Essential oils (Check out my post about how to buy essential oils)
Six Homemade Deodorant Recipes
There are some fantastic homemade deodorant recipes out there, and here are a few fantastic ones. Each recipe uses a different ratio of similar ingredients, so you can experiment and try out the different recipes until you find “the one” that makes you happy.
**This recipe uses the four ingredients mentioned above (Coconut oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Essential Oil) and also includes Bentonite Clay. Bentonite clay is wonderful for your skin and your pores, which gives this recipe some additional benefits.
**This recipe uses the four ingredients mentioned above (Coconut oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Essential Oil). She has experimented with the ratios and found the best one that works for her. It might work for you, too!
**This recipe uses a lot of arrowroot powder with a smaller amount of both baking soda and coconut oil. It is another different ratio of some of the common ingredients in homemade deodorants, and it might work for you as well.
**This recipe uses the four ingredients mentioned above (Coconut oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Essential Oil), and has the addition of corn starch as well. This recipe also uses a lot more coconut oil, so that it has a more lotion-like consistency. This recipe is a great one to try out as well.
**If you are looking for an easy recipe to try, look no farther. This recipe simply uses Baking Soda. The recipe also suggests adding some of your favorite essential oils if you would like to add a smell or additional benefits to your deodorant, but that is up to you. If you are in a pinch, this might be the deodorant recipe to use. Some people, however, have sensitivities to baking soda, so if your skin is sensitive, you might want to add a few more of the common deodorant ingredients to this recipe.
**This recipe is an interesting alternative to the other deodorant recipes. First, it is a spray instead of a bar or lotion. Second, it uses essential oils and herbs, but none of the other typical ingredients. This would be a fun and wonderfully smelling homemade deodorant recipe to try out!
**There you go. Six homemade deodorant recipes for you to experiment with! I hope you get to try some of these out, and if you do, please let me know how it worked for you in the comment section below.
**I understand that many of you might be too busy to make your own deodorant. If you would rather buy one than make one, check out Primal Pit Paste. This company makes all-natural deodorants with the common homemade deodorant ingredients mentioned above.
**If you have a different homemade deodorant recipe than one of the ones mentioned above that you are willing to share, please feel free to add your link to the comment section below. I love trying new recipes!
**Here’s another great DIY deodorant for Him and Her, from Fresh Mommy
**Check out this DIY deodorant spray recipe from Kula Mama!
For further reading:
**Check out this website The No Poo Method to get healthy hair naturally.