Wondering about how to make natural deodorant?
Isn’t it nice when you find a green alternative to a product you use every day that is not only healthier for you but also saves you money? Well, I know I love it. Heck, I make a point to search out things and products like that which I use on a daily basis, and I try to swap them for greener alternatives—Todays’ case in point: deodorant.
I really thought I would have reached a new level of “crunchy, hippie, granola mama” when I started making my own deodorant, but it really wasn’t as drastic as I thought it would be. A few (3) simple ingredients mixed together keeping me smelling fresh and happy as I go about my day chasing my toddler and teaching preschoolers.
It wasn’t hard to find a homemade natural deodorant online, there are tons out there, and a pretty common one is the one I’m going to share with you today. It uses three ingredients:
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup Baking soda
The three ingredients needed: coconut oil, arrowroot powder,
That’s it, folks. Even simpler is the directions: combine all the ingredients and store in a container, apply daily. Done! Well, if you like a short blog post, stop reading there, but if you want to know a little bit more as to why you’d want to switch to making your own deodorant and some step-by-step photos of how to make it, keep on reading.
What’s wrong with traditional deodorant and antiperspirants?
Well, there’s one sneaky ingredient that is the trouble maker in most deodorants: aluminium. If you look at the back of your standard antiperspirant/deodorant, you will notice that one of the main ingredients is aluminium. Now, althoaluminiuminum is great when it comes to blocking sweat. It comes with a dark side. Frequent exposure to aluminium, such as everyday use with antiperspirants, means it’s getting absorbed into the skin, and unfortunately, aluminium toxicity in the body has been linked to Alzheimer’s and cancer (specifically breast cancer since it is applied so close to the breast tissue).
Aside from the aluminium, another downside of antiperspirants is that the underarm dryness we all want to achieve comes at a cost. When our sweat glands are plugged with the aluminium in antiperspirants to keep us dry, our bodies are not able to release toxins (which release when we sweat). So not only are we putting toxins in (with aluminium), we are trapping more of them in there that are trying to get out…a no-win for all involved. Combine this with all the other preservatives and other nasty ingredients in its traditional deodorant/antiperspirants, and it’s time for a change with this homemade deodorant. But before you do…
This leads to one main disclaimer about this deodorant: you will still sweat. Since this is just a deodorant recipe, that means that while you will not stink, but you will still sweat. I’ve read many other green bloggers mention that they sweat less than they did before as a result of using this deodorant. I can attest to this one too, and I feel better knowing that my body can detox and release the toxins it needs to when I do sweat. Oh, and I love knowing the short, clean, healthy ingredient list.
Now let’s get onto that deodorant recipe in this week’s video…
Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder, also called arrowroot starch/flour (I use Bob’s, Red Mill)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (I use Nutiva)
1. Add 1/4 cup arrowroot powder to a large mixing bowl
2. Followed by 1/4 cup coconut oil (at room temp…I do
not melt mine for this recipe, just straight out of the container).
3. Last in the bowl is 1/4 cup baking soda.
4. Time to start mixing this will take 2-3 minutes.
5. I find it’s helpful to push it against the sides of the
bowl to “cream” it all together. Here, it is getting closer
to being done. Just resist the urge to add more water or
coconut oil. It’s not needed.
6. Here’s what the finished product should look like…
thick and smooth, not dry and crumbly.
7. I then spoon it into an air-tight container.
I find that the recipe fits perfectly in these 4 oz—jelly jars.
I store mine in my bathroom.
To apply it…
I scoop a small amount out with my fingers and rub it into my armpit, almost as if it’s a lotion. Once it’s all rubbed in, I move to the next side. Sometimes I find that it’s helpful to wait a minute or two after applying the deodorant before putting my shirt on so that it won’t rub off on my clothes.
Something else to remember:
- Coconut oil will change its consistency based on the temperature where you live since it starts to melt at 76 degrees. So if it’s cold where you live, it should stay soft but solid. If you live in a warmer climate, it may be more “melty” this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I think it goes on easier like this. But if you want it to be more solid, you could store it in the fridge and just take it out shortly before you need to use it.
- Feel free to add your own essential oils like lavender, tea tree oil, or any other essential oil you would like to give the deodorant a nice scent. Personally, I like the lack of smell with this recipe, but if you like a little more fragrance with yours, you could add it. I’d add it with caution, though, and be watchful if it causes any irritation.
Want to learn more about making your own deodorant? Here are some other links that I found helpful…
“How to Make Your Own Deodorant” at How About Orange
“DIY Homemade Green & Easy Deodorant” at My Merry Messy Life
“Homemade All-Natural Deodorant” at Passionate Homemaking
I hope this is able to not only green your deodorant routine but also save you some “green”! Have you ever made your own deodorant? Share your favourite recipe or green deodorant brand below. Let’s green those pits!