For years I have been on the hunt for the perfect natural deodorant. I had such a hard time finding one that 1. lasts all day and 2. doesn't irritate my skin. The problem that I was having was that every time I would find one I enjoyed and lasted all day, it would always make my under arms break out or itch. After doing some research, I discovered that it was the baking soda in these deodorants that was making me break out and that other people were having the same issue. So, once again, I was on a quest to find a natural deodorant that 1. lasted all day, 2. doesn't irritate my skin, and 3. was baking soda free.
After some time experimenting with the limited options at my local health food store, I decided to endeavor into the world of homemade deodorant. Let me tell you, it's kinda intimidating. There are so many different recipes out there and so many different reasons for using such and such ingredient and avoiding such and such that I didn't really know where to start. I tried four or five that worked-ish, but definitely needed a little extra something (probably the baking soda I was avoiding) and decided to take everything I had learned and attempt my own version of these homemade deodorants.
Full disclosure: I'm broke. So, when I was making these DIY concoctions I was always asking google what substitutions are good for certain ingredients. So, in all fairness, the ones I tried probably are fantastic if you can shell out $45 for supplies. I, on the other hand, spent about $16 and actually made something that checked all the boxes.
What you need:
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 1/3 cup talc-free baby powder
- 40+ drops your choice of essential oils
How to make:
All you need to do is melt the coconut oil and shea butter either over the stove in a double boiler or in the microwave (either way watch it closely and stir frequently), then add the baby powder and essential oils. Mix it thoroughly and place it in a small container or clean deodorant container and allow it to set.
The exact products I used were Kirkland brand coconut oil that I had in my kitchen, Palmer's raw shea butter balm (it's not pure shea butter but it does the trick) that I got at Target for $5.99, Burt's Bees talc-free baby powder from Target for $8.99, and essential oils I had laying around the house. The first time I made it I used about 15 drops of lavender, 15 drops of patchouli, and 10 drops of tea tree. The second time around I used equal parts lemongrass and spearmint. Personally, I think the more the merrier when it comes to essential oils, but always make sure you check the dilution ratios on the specific oils you choose to keep yourself safe. And these ingredients are interchangeable; if you want to use pure shea butter, do it, if you want to use arrowroot powder instead of baby powder, go for it, you can use more or less of something, add something. This is such a pared down recipe that it is so easy to personalize from here.
I keep mine in a small Pyrex dish and just apply a small scoop with my fingers. You can definitely use a discarded deodorant stick container (long winded, but we got there!) if you prefer not to touch it. I've noticed such a difference after using this and there hasn't been a day where it hasn't lasted. I must say I've impressed myself with this one, and it really made all that trial and error worth it.