Natural deodorant is free of the lab-created chemicals which are found in most commercial deodorant formulas. If you want to go natural, rather than using deodorants that are loaded with aluminum and other questionable ingredients, then we recommend our homemade deodorant recipe, below.
To help you learn more about it, let’s discuss what it is, how to find it (or make it) and why you should give it a try…
In a lot of cases, eating properly and getting sufficient hydration will help you to avoid body odor. However, now and then, more help is needed. This is where natural deodorant comes in. This type of deodorant will offer a lot of the same benefits as commercial deodorants, without the chemical downside.
Natural Deodorant Options
If you want something more natural, you may find that there isn’t a great deal of selection out there. Also, a lot of people find that natural deodorant formulas don’t work as well as the ones which contain chemicals. Everyone has a different experience. It’s important to consider your own experiences before deciding whether or not to switch to another type of deodorant.
The options, aside from making your own natural deodorant, is using a natural formula which is sold commercially and which doesn’t work too well. Alternatively, you could choose a typical deodorant which is loaded with aluminum. It’s too bad that these are the main choices, as both choices have their downside.
However, it’s a good argument for making your own natural deodorant.
How to Make Your Own Deodorant
Now, we’d like to share a recipe for homemade deodorant which will take a bit of time to make, but be very long-lasting and really safe for your body. I found this recipe because I didn’t like the risk factors associated with commercial formulas, which tend to contain a lot of aluminum.
Some studies have shown that the link between aluminum and the development of Alzheimer’s Disease are overblown or non-existent. However, other studies which were published previously did show a link and a lot of people do continue to believe that aluminum is bad for their bodies.
I prefer to stay away from aluminum, myself. You may feel the same. While it may be safe, it’s just not a sure thing. Studies are often conflicting.
Plain coconut oil is a good natural deodorant. So is baking soda. However, these ingredients don’t work well for everyone. For example, baking soda triggers a rash in many people, so it may not be right for you. If you want to try baking soda, I recommend doing a test patch. See how your underarm skin reacts to this natural deodorant.
If you experience skin irritation, just stop using it, clean off your underarms, and you will find that your symptoms resolve.
Now, let’s talk about the recipe…
Shea Butter Homemade Deodorant Recipe
To make this homemade deodorant recipe, you will need three tablespoons of coconut oil and three tablespoons of baking soda. Also, you should gather two tablespoons of Shea butter, as well as a couple of tablespoons of Arrowroot. If you don’t want to use Arrowroot, consider organic cornstarch. Also, you may add essential oils if you wish for scent. Just don’t add to much or that could irritate your skin. Start with a drop!
To mix the formula, melt coconut oil and Shea butter. Do it in a double boiler. Use medium heat until the mixture is just melted. Then, combine everything in a mason jar of quart size which comes with a lid. Put the mason jar in a compact saucepan filled with H20 until the oil and butter melt.
It’s also possible to melt the ingredients in a microwave oven. Once they are melted, take them away from heat and then put in baking soda. Also, add the arrowroot. If you’re not using arrowroot, add extra baking soda to get the right consistency.
Combine everything thoroughly. Then, put in essential oils. After this, pour the mixture into a glass jar so that it’s easy to access and store. You won’t need to refrigerate this formula. Some people cool it and then push slices of it into old, empty deodorant sticks. Bear in mind, the mixture you put into the sticks may melt if temperatures rise.
In general, several hours will be needed before the mixture is hard enough. So, be patient!
Now, we’d like to share another recipe which works well.
Coconut Oil Homemade Deodorant Recipe
This homemade deodorant recipe requires six tablespoons of coconut oil, as well as one-quarter cup of baking soda. A quarter cup equates to four tablespoons. Also, you will need a quarter cup of organic cornstarch or arrowroot. You may also add essential oils as needed. Start with a drop or two!
To make the recipe, combine arrowroot and baking soda in a bowl of medium size. Add coconut oil and mash it with a fork until everything is thoroughly combined.
Afterward, add a few drops of essential oil if you want to. Store the mixture in a compact glass container or an older deodorant container.
Natural Deodorant is a Healthy Choice
In the past, I utilized the most heavy duty commercial deodorants (the kinds with tons of chemicals) on a regular basis. I wanted serious protection from sweat and odor. When I switched to natural deodorant, I realized that I didn’t sweat so much. Over time, I seemed to produce less annoying sweat. I realized the chemicals in the commercial formulas may have been making me sweat more.
For this reason, I encourage you to try one one of our homemade deodorant recipes. It’s a fun experiment which may positively impact your health. You may also find you sweat way less.
However, you can buy natural deodorant too. There are lots of products out there. When you’re shopping around, you should consider product purity, as well as customer reviews. When you find a formula, that’s actually natural and loaded with beneficial active ingredients (that has 5-star reviews), you’ll be pretty safe buying that natural deodorant.
Watch for Side Effects
As we mentioned earlier, baking soda can trigger skin reactions in some people. For example, certain people get rashes or suffer from discoloration of their underarms when they use natural deodorants. If you want to reduce the risk of skin irritation, you should reduce the amount of baking soda that you apply by a full half. This may be enough to resolve the problem. Also, consider taking the essential oils out of the formula and see if this helps. Some people do react to essential oils.
If you want to rid your body of chemicals from commercial deodorants, there is a way to do it. You may apply a clay detox to your armpits which helps to extract a lot of these chemicals from your body. This may ease a skin irritation that you are experiencing. You may also try this trick if you want to get natural deodorant ingredients, such as baking soda, out of your body fast.
What If I Have Sensitive Skin?
For those with very sensitive skin, a natural deodorant with an acid-base will be useful. Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are common ingredients in natural, acid-based deodorants.
Another option is a spray deodorant with a magnesium base. It’s a good alternative for those who tend to get skin reactions from Shea butter and coconut oil.
To make a fluid which you may spray on, use half the amount of your chosen oil (such as Jojoba, Avocado or Almond oil), rather than the full amount. Then, follow the rest of the recipe we shared earlier, for the Shea butter natural deodorant.
With any deodorant, you shouldn’t apply it right after shaving.
Is Natural Deodorant Right For You?
Our homemade deodorant recipe formulas listed above, offer so many benefits. The quick and easy concoctions we shared here are quite effective and may reduce the amount of perspiration you produce. As well, these formulas will smell nice and they don’t contain any lab-created chemicals.
You may find the cost of making natural deodorants is very reasonable. In fact, it’s quite possible to save a bundle by making your own. These days, a lot of natural deodorants are pricey. They cost eight bucks or more. A typical deodorant with chemicals in it will usually cost five dollars or more. We all spend a lot of commercial deodorants.
It’s extremely feasible to make your own and spend a lot less.
Hopefully, our homemade deodorant recipes will help you to decide whether or not making your own is worthwhile. I believe it is… and I’ve had great experiences with the formulas that I’ve whipped up in my home kitchen.
While it may take a little time to create your first batch of homemade deodorant, you should know that it’ll be fulfilling. It’s quite fun to make natural personal care items at home. These days, lots of people are getting creative by making their own natural soaps, skin creams and so on.
Once you make natural deodorant, you may want to branch out by creating other products of this type from home. It’s definitely a pleasant way to spend a weekend morning or afternoon.