There are several advantages of using homemade natural deodorants. Unlike commercially manufactured deodorants, the ones that are made at home are cheap, alcohol-free, and safe to use as they do not contain harmful chemicals.
Moreover, you can experiment with numerous essential oils to get a strong or soothing fragrance of your choice.
These deodorants are usually prepared from baking soda, cornstarch/talcum powder, coconut oil/petroleum jelly, shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils.
Inclusion of baking soda ensures the absorption of sweat and neutralization of strong odors. Coconut oil and other moisturizing ingredients are used because they are good for skin.
Cornstarch keeps your skin dry. When not interested in cornstarch, use arrowroot powder instead. You may add vitamin E oil, too, as it works as a natural preservative.
Homemade Deodorant Recipes
- • You can simply use baking soda to avoid and eliminate body odor by applying a solution of baking soda and water. Alternatively, you can dampen your fingers, sprinkle baking soda on them and rub them under your arms. While using baking soda, remember not to use it on injured and irritated skin.
- • Take three tablespoons each of baking soda, organic coconut oil, two tablespoons of cornstarch, two drops of tea tree oil, and approximately six to eight drops of sweet orange, lemongrass, lavender, jasmine, calendula, rose, cedar, frankincense, cinnamon, sandalwood, or any other essential oil. Mix these ingredients well to make a natural deodorant with anti-microbial properties (due to tea tree oil).
You may add a handful of dried herbs as well. Besides, to enhance the anti-bacterial qualities, consider using half a tablespoon each of cornstarch and zinc oxide powder instead of one tablespoon of cornstarch.
- • In case you do not want to use baking powder, coconut oil, and other similar ingredients, you can create a deodorant at home by steeping orange zest and a quarter cup of thyme in half a cup of apple cider vinegar for about two weeks. Stir the mixture daily while preparing this interesting recipe.
Here’s a video showing how to make and use a natural deodorant.
- • Another easy deodorant recipe to avoid body odor involves heating a cup of witch hazel along with 60 drops of bergamot essential oil for 2-3 minutes and then adding ten drops each of lavender and tea tree oil in it. Set aside for an entire day; it should be ready to use the next day. You can apply this solution with the help of a cotton ball.
- • You can prepare a homemade deodorant stick with anti-bacterial properties by melting one and a half tablespoon of beeswax pellets in a double-boiler or microwave and mixing one tablespoon of organic coconut oil, half a tablespoon of cocoa butter, 25 drops of lavender essential oil, 15 drops each of rosemary and white thyme essential oils, and three drops of castor oil.
- • Those of you who have sensitive skin can make a homemade deodorant by melting four tablespoons of coconut oil and one and a half tablespoon of beeswax in a microwave or double boiler. Next, mix one tablespoon of shea butter and four teaspoons of clay in it. Then, add 20 drops of rosemary, lavender, frankincense, or any other essential oil in it.
- • Heat six tablespoons each of witch hazel extract and distilled water, four drops each of sage essential oil, and two drops each of lime and lemon essential oils.
After a couple of minutes, remove the solution from heat and add four drops of lavender essential oil and two drops of tea tree oil in it. Stir the solution and pour it in a bottle. Leave it aside in a cool, dry place for about 24 hours and then use it. This recipe shall stay good up to four months.
- • Make a combination of a quarter cup each of witch hazel, aloe vera gel, distilled water, and a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin. You may add a few drops of a fragrant essential oil, too. Certain herbs may not be suitable for individuals dealing with issues like asthma, epilepsy, etc. So, choose wisely.
While transferring the recipe in a deodorant stick case (consider ascending stick designs), jar, or spray bottle, make sure it is thoroughly clean and sterilized.
Do not use aluminum or any heavy-metal container, though. You can sterilize a container by pouring boiling water in it and draining it. Store it in a dry, cool area.