If you’re like me, you’ve sworn off “traditional” chemical and toxin-laden deodorants for good! Traditional deodorant contains all kinds of bad stuff like parabens, aluminum, phthalates, and triclosan just to name a few.
These chemicals have been linked to many health problems including cancer and Alzheimer’s. It’s no wonder so many are making the switch!
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After you make the decision to give up your traditional deodorant, it’s time to find a natural one that works for you. While there are plenty of natural deodorants on the market (I recommend Native or Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium) you also have the option to make your own!
This is by far the easiest homemade deodorant recipe I’ve found! It contains only four ingredients:
BAKING SODA – Baking soda is used to absorb moisture and kills bacteria that causes odor!
ARROWROOT POWDER OR CORNSTARCH – Arrowroot powder and cornstarch help to absorb moisture.
UNREFINED COCONUT OIL – Coconut oil kills yeast, fungus, and bacteria and helps to prevent odor!
ESSENTIAL OILS (optional) – Essential oils make your deodorant smell nice and some (like tea tree oil!) can help kill bacteria and mask odors.
Now since this deodorant doesn’t contain beeswax like some DIY deodorants, it can sometimes get a little messy during the warmer months if you choose to put it in a standard deodorant container. That can easily be remedied by keeping it in the fridge – or you can do what I do and store it in a small mason jar. Then you can just use a small makeup sponge to apply it!
I love these little mason jars – they’re just so cute!
If you want to use a standard deodorant container and don’t have an old empty one on hand, you can purchase some here!
This deodorant works great by itself or you can use it in addition to your store-bought natural deodorant. Personally, I like to use this at night and then my Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium in the morning!
I also sometimes add a couple tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia which is commonly recommended as an alternative to traditional deodorant – it works really well! If you do add this though, you will need to use the mason jar method to store your deodorant because it won’t solidify enough in a deodorant container.
On to the tutorial! Here’s what you’ll need:
Step 1: Combine your baking soda with your arrowroot powder or cornstarch.
Step 2: Mix in the coconut oil (and essential oils, if using!)
Step 3: Pour into an empty deodorant container or a small mason jar.
That’s it! Told you it was easy!
Your DIY deodorant should last for up to 6 months.
Natural deodorant not working for you? Check out my post here to find out why and how to make it work for you!