Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Um…yeah, I’m writing about deodorant again so soon. I don’t have an armpit fixation or anything, it’s just that while I was writing my review on the Dove Whitening Deodorant yesterday, I kept remembering the time that I was so into natural stuff and had my own homemade deodorant. Yep!
Some of the people close to me whom I told about it found it weird, especially hubby who always puts effort into smelling good and is into heavy-duty antiperspirant/deodorant products. But I simply found their reactions funny and kept using my own homemade concoction. To each his own. I was very into being all-natural that time, down to my deodorant.
If in any case you’re interested in creating your own all-natural homemade deodorant, read on for some simple, easy recipes.
The mix I chose to use was in powder form. I must stress though that it served as deodorant only and not as antiperspirant. It wasn’t something I specifically used to prevent sweat. I used it at home only, after each bath. Whenever I went out I used a standard deodorant/antiperspirant.
All you’ll need for a homemade powder deodorant are:
- Baking soda (available at supermarkets, if you don’t have a box of it at home already)
- A container to mix and store the ingredients in
- Optional- essential oil to add a bit of fragrance
Baking soda is known for its deodorizing properties, while cornstarch is supposed to work as a light antiperspirant. I bought one of those clear plastic jars with an accompanying powder puff, like the one you’ll usually find at the baby products section, and in that jar I put one part baking soda and one part cornstarch, then mixed. You may add a few drops of essential oil to give the mix a little fragrance.
This will have a rougher, much less refined texture than regular talc or powder, and might feel a little strange at first but it’s not uncomfortable to wear. I apply it with a powder puff, then use the puff to blend the mix onto my skin and help make it stay there instead of crumbing to the ground. This works pretty well at keeping odor at bay. It costs nearly nothing and using about one third cup each of baking soda and cornstarch for the mix lasted a long time.
If you’d prefer a deodorant in stick form, you’ll simply need to add these two ingredients to the list above:
- Coconut Oil
- Tea tree essential oil
Take about 1/4 cup each of baking soda and cornstarch. Then squeeze in several drops of tea tree essential oil, which is added to this because it has antibacterial properties. Then stir in about two tablespoons of coconut oil. This recipe may seem a bit heavy with the addition of coconut oil, but almost all of the coconut oil should be absorbed by the powder. Basically the coconut oil is for converting the powder to a dough-like form. You may store the mixture into a small jar, or you can take an empty stick deodorant container, and put the mixture there. Let it set overnight.
These are super easy recipes and would be fun and not hard to try. I haven’t tried doing the stick form one, but I used the homemade powder recipe for close to a year. I found it to be effective enough and basically felt like a light, though slightly gritty powder on my skin. I was nursing my baby girl at that time and was very into natural, homemade beauty recipes. I might make myself a new batch of the stuff soon.
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