I hear you all.. Odor is the worst enemy anyone could have. I have tried all kinds of deodorant, sprays since I was 12 years old. It was kinda fancy when I used those commercial ones because, they looked colorful and it also smelled good.
But is it safe for skin? absolutely not and now I wish I knew about this when I was a teenager. I understand a lot of things now since I have my own kids and got cautious about being healthy and living naturally.
Since my pregnancies, I have become sensitive to fragrance, perfumes and what not. So because of this, I stopped using perfumes, deodorants , spray, etc. Sensitive means, I get headaches, sneeze, runny nose, watery eyes, blah, blah. Anyone like me? Keep reading
I started sweating (smelling) like crazy so I bought a few deodorants that had no astringents like “dove deodorant”. It only made my armpit dry, itchy, scratchy and dark. So I stopped using it right away.
How I did my research on natural deodorant
I started my search in organic grocery stores looking for natural deodorant and I found a few. But when I read those ingredients, I was wondering how is this even natural and it was also very expensive to buy.
I am a person who is crazy about saving money so I decided to make my own. It took a couple of tries before I came up with this formula. Natural deodorants can also be made with baking soda but I am sensitive to that as well.
Gosh..I am so sensitive to everything so If you are like me, this one will be right for you. It is 100% natural and you can also make it organic if you have all the organic ingredients in your country.
Things to remember before trying this recipe
When I first started using the natural deodorant, I started smelling in an hour of usage and it was the worst and eventually in 3 to 5 days, the odor from your body will start reducing.
Natural always take time and you have to be patient. Don’t lose hope the first time you try this and you are not satisfied. You have to keep using the natural homemade deodorant for a month to see the results.
This contains natural oils and clays, which are needed to moisturize your skin remove the sweat. Trust me, it takes time but it is definitely worth it.
Let us jump on to the recipe.
Ingredients needed for this recipe
- Organic coconut oil – 1.5 tbsp (I recommend this in India)
- Organic shea butter – 1.5 tbsp (I recommend this in India)
- Organic arrowroot powder/ organic cornstarch – 1 tbsp (I recommend this in India)
- Organic Bentonite clay – 1 tbsp (I recommend this in India)
- Rose clay (optional for color) – 1 tsp (I recommend this in India)
- Organic Beeswax – 1 tbsp (I recommend this in India)
- Isopropyl alcohol – for cleaning (I recommend this in India)
- Heat resistant beaker (I recommend this in India)
- Deodorant Containers/ silicon mold to hold the deodorant
(I recommend this in India)
- Lavender essential oil – 10 drops (I recommend this in India)
- Orange essential oil – 5 drops (I recommend this in India)
- Peppermint essential oil – 5 drops (I recommend this in India)
- Eucalyptus essential oil – 5 drops (I recommend this in India)
Explanation of ingredients in this recipe
- It keeps your skin moisturized and hydrated.
- It also soothes your sensitive skin as it is anti-inflammatory naturally.
- Plus the oil becomes hard when it is in cold temperature this becoming ideal for the use in deodorant
- It keeps your skin, moisturized, nourished and hydrated. It improves the skin conditions like eczema and other skin problems.
- It is very rich in vitamin E. It is similar to coconut oil since it is being hard at cold temperature.
Arrowroot powder: It has a talcum powder consistency. It absorbs the unwanted moisture from your skin and in turn keeps your skin smooth and silky. It lets the skin breathe well by removing the unwanted oils and dirt from your skin.
Rose clay: Rose kaolin clay is used as a colorant in this recipe. It is totally optional.
Beeswax: It is obtained from bees comb and it is 100% natural. I have used it to harden the deodorant mixture. It is slightly sticky and has a greasy feel but you don’t feel that much because of the addition of clay and arrowroot powder in this recipe.
Essential oils: It is 100% natural and is obtained from flowers and botanicals by distillation process. It is very safe for skin of all ages and all types. This is just used to cnet the deodorant. You can totally skip this if you are not into scents or fragrance.
Step 1: Clean all the containers and utensils using isopropyl alcohol.
Step 3: Melt these oils in a pot of boiling water.
Step 4: While the oils are melting, prepare the essential oils if you are using more than one
Step 6: Once the oils are all melted, remove the beaker from the heat and set it aside.
Step 8: Add the essential oils. This step is totally optional. If you do not want any scent to your recipe, you can skip this step.
Step 9: Mix them really well using a clean spoon/spatula without forming the lumps.
Step 10: Clean the mold/ deodorant container using the isopropyl alcohol and wipe them dry using a paper towel
Step 12: Let it cool. It takes about 4 – 6 hours. If you want to speed the cooling time, you can keep the container/mold in the refrigerator.
Step 13: Label it and Enjoy!!
- Just a little goes a long way. Use it as needed and spread it evenly so that it dont stick to your clothes.
- It takes upto a month to completely get rid of the sweat and odor.
- It will not stain your clothes.