How to Make Your Own Natural Deodorant at Home
Why Make Your Own Deodorant?
More and more people are becoming concerned about the ingredients found in conventional deodorants. Many contain potentially harmful chemicals like aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and triclosan.
Making your own natural deodorant at home allows you to avoid these chemicals and take control over what goes on my body. Homemade deodorants are also often more affordable and reduce plastic waste from disposable deodorant packaging.
Additionally, natural deodorants are gentle and can be beneficial for those with sensitive skin. I’ve found them to be less irritating than conventional antiperspirants and deodorants.
Choosing Ingredients for Natural Deodorant
When formulating my own natural deodorant, I look for ingredients that are safe and effective. Here are some of the main ingredients to look for:
- Baking soda is the primary ingredient that helps absorb odor. It’s antibacterial and helps neutralize odors.
- Start with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda per recipe batch. You can adjust up or down depending on your odor needs.
Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
- Arrowroot powder and cornstarch help absorb moisture and give the deodorant a smoother, creamier texture.
- Use 2-3 tablespoons per batch.
- Coconut oil helps emulsify the ingredients and gives the deodorant a solid form. It also moisturizes.
- Start with 3-5 tablespoons per batch.
- A small amount of beeswax helps give the deodorant a thicker, stick-like consistency.
- Use 1-2 tablespoons per batch.
Essential Oils (optional)
- Essential oils like tea tree, lavender, rosemary add natural fragrance.
- Use 15-25 drops of your chosen oils per batch.
Making homemade deodorant is simple and only requires a few basic kitchen tools:
- A small saucepan to melt the coconut oil and beeswax.
- A digital kitchen scale to weigh out the dry ingredients.
- Small glass jars or tubes for storing the finished deodorant. I like 2 oz jars.
- Spoon and spatula for mixing and transferring the deodorant.
Steps to Make Natural Deodorant
Follow these simple steps to make your own batch of homemade deodorant:
1. Weigh and mix the dry ingredients
- In a small bowl, weigh and mix the baking soda, arrowroot powder and/or cornstarch. Set aside.
2. Melt oils and wax
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil and beeswax together until liquified. Remove from heat.
3. Combine wet and dry ingredients
- Pour the melted oil and wax mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well until thoroughly combined.
4. Add essential oils (optional)
- Now is the time to stir in any essential oils for fragrance.
5. Pour into containers
- Finally, pour the mixture into glass jars or tubes. Allow it to fully cool and solidify before using.
Tips for Making It Work For You
It may take some trial and error to get the perfect homemade deodorant recipe for your needs. Here are some tips:
If it’s too soft, add more beeswax. If it’s too hard and crumbly, add more oil.
Adjust baking soda amount up or down depending on your odor needs. Too much can be irritating for some.
Try different essential oil blends to find your perfect scent. Stronger scents help mask odor better.
Store in a cool, dark place for longest shelf life. Can last 2-6 months.
May need to reapply more than conventional deodorants, as homemade versions don’t block sweat glands.
Creating my own natural deodorant has been a great way to control what ingredients I put on my body. Though it takes some trial and error, with the right recipe homemade deodorant can be an effective, non-toxic alternative to conventional antiperspirants and deodorants. I encourage you to try making your own!