Everyone wants to smell nice and clean… and now you can, with deodorant made with all-natural ingredients!
Making your own deodorant is the easiest (and most affordable) way to ensure that you not only smell fresh, but also are only putting the good stuff on your body. The following is a list of some ingredients found in store-bought deodorants that you want to avoid: aluminum chlorohydrate (plugs sweat glands and can be absorbed into skin, blocking flow), parabens (disturbs hormone balance and mimics estrogen in a bad way), propylene glycol (considered to be a neurotoxin) and triclosan (skin irritant, kills both bad and good bacteria).
Here are some essential oils that are great to use in your all-natural homemade deodorant.
Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties help this oil protect the skin from harmful particles that can also cause unpleasant odors. Using Lavender (and other microbial oils) can help prevent bacteria from forming.
This oil is beneficial in deodorant because it fights bacteria that form odors. Lemongrass also has a delightfully sweet, yet subtle aroma that helps keep you fresh. It can also help reduce minor inflammation.
I’ve already discussed the POWER of Patchouli and its deodorizing properties with this recipe. Patchouli contains properties that help make it a fantastic antifungal and antiseptic. It’s also a fixative, meaning that its aroma (and properties) are long lasting, and won’t disappear soon after application.
Packed with antimicrobial properties, this oil attacks bacteria that cause body odor. Tea Tree is also beneficial for calming inflammation caused by shaving. This oil is quite strong in its aroma, so I recommend using it in combination with another oil.
Feeling Fresh All-Natural Deodorant
- 4-6 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- ¼ c. Corn Starch
- ¼ c. Baking Soda
- 7 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Glass Jar
In a small bowl, combine baking soda and cornstarch. Slowly add coconut oil until a thick paste is formed. Add essential oils one drop at a time (this helps ensure aroma isn’t overwhelming), and stir to combine. Store in a glass jar. You may place deodorant in the cupboard, or in the refrigerator so that the mixture has a more solid consistency.