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Welcome to DIY Saturday! Saturday is the perfect day to inspire you with a DIY project because it’s the weekend. Hooray! Between being outside and binge watching House of Cards or Mad Men you can squeeze in some productivity.
Today’s DIY is homemade deodorant. I made mine this week and have been using it every day.
I’ve been a plain ole deodorant user since probably 2006, which means I haven’t worn an antiperspirant or anything loaded with chemicals since I quit Secret’s Powder Fresh. Check the score of your antiperspirant or deodorant on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic database. Become informed about what is being absorbed into your body.
You can read all about how the aluminum compounds in antiperspirant work once they’re absorbed into the skin and have interacted with sweat. A PH change happens causing the compound to exude back out and create a block in your glandular system (read: sweat glands) preventing sweat. Gross. While you may not be comfortable with sweat it is a completely natural process that helps the body eliminate toxins and waste out of the body—just like pee and poop.
I honestly don’t remember the transition period back then besides probably smelling my pits frequently to make sure things weren’t reaching zombie status.
I’ve since learned that the cleaner you eat, the less ‘fragrant’ you will be. I actually know a few people that don’t wear anything in their pits. Crazy? Not really, although some of that may be genetics too.
When I first transitioned I remember buying Tom’s of Maine before they were bought by that bigger corporation. In the beginning I liked the deodorant but that only lasted about 2 weeks. What happened?
I began developing red murderous looking pits. It was the pits and painful too. I’ve since found a lot of brands I like but nothing that I want to keep using obsessively.
Natural deodorants can also be hard to find, especially if you are a woman. In the men’s section—of a standard grocery store or ‘everything’ store like Target—Jeremy can routinely find at least 6 different scents of deodorant from Degree, Axe, and now Dove for Men.
The women’s section? Not so much.
Last year in Canada I stockpiled a few because they had significantly more deodorant. Lucky Canadians!
I know that people make their own so I wanted to try that out. The formula is pretty simple: 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part starch and 1 part baking soda with essential oils to preference.
Here’s the breakdown. Coconut oil is the smooth base and is also antimicrobial. Baking soda helps eliminate odors and stave off bacteria which also create stink. Tapioca or corn starch help give it a smooth thickened texture.
DIY Saturday: Homemade Deodorant
This recipe will make two batches of deodorant. If you just want one to start, don't divide the mixture and double the essential oil.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (a little soft or partially melted is perfect)
- heaping 1/4 cup tapioca starch or corn starch
- a little bit less than 1/4 cup baking soda
- 10-12 drops/squirts of essential oil per 'batch' of deodorant (lavender, ylang-ylang, lemongrass, grapefruit, lemon and the list goes on)
- Mix coconut oil, starch, and baking soda in a small bowl with a whisk making sure there aren't any clumps. Depending on the temperature of the coconut oil it should look like thick runny frosting.
- Divide mixture evenly into two small ball jars or plastic containers with a lid.
- Add 10-12 essential oils to each container with your chosen scent and mix well until oil is incorporated.
- Place in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes.
- Apply a pea-sized glob to your armpit with 2 fingers.
- Smell yourself and keep smelling yourself because you will be amazed.
*Feel free to make scent combinations too! Just hold them together at your nose to get an idea of how it will come together.
Benefits of Homemade Deodorant:
- Super cheap
- 4 ingredients
- All of the ingredients can be eaten
- Didn’t stain my clothing
- No weird clumps falling out of my pits when I wear a tank top
- Easy application
- Fantastic and customizable scents
- Strong lasting power
- Doesn’t burn my pits (If yours does, reduce the baking soda even more or if it’s already made, melt it a little and mix in more starch and a little more coconut oil)
- Will keep on the counter
- Customizable quantity based on what you need
Natural deodorant update.
What is your favorite natural deodorant? Pros Cons?