I've spent the last several years trying innumerable natural deodorants and have only found a couple that even come close to getting the job done. Colorado PitStik and Soapwalla Deodorant Cream were my favorites, but as time went on, I really wanted to be able to adjust the ingredients and scents to fit my own body chemistry a little better.
I gave in to my mad scientist tendencies and went to work in the kitchen. And now, two months later, I'm the happiest – and best smelling girl – in the neighborhood!
Is it Really Necessary to Use Natural Deodorant?
Yes, it really is important to switch in order to avoid aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, triclosan, and heavy doses of the ever-present chemical hiding place we lovingly call “fragrance.” Aluminum toxicity It has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and breast cancer.
The Coolest Homemade Deodorant Recipe EVER
I started out making a wonderfully basic recipe from Smarty McSmart, Lindsay, of Passionate Homemaking, then tweaked things until I found my own perfect homemade deodorant combination:
- Mix together equal parts arrowroot powder or cornstarch and baking soda (I usually begin with 1/4 cup of each)
- Stir in enough coconut oil to moisten the mixture, but not so much that it's wet (I usually start with 6-8 Tbsp)
- Add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil (find it here)
- Add 5-10 drops of patchouli (find it here)
- Add 5-10 drops of cedarwood essential oil (find it here)
Why Peppermint, Cedarwood and Patchouli?
Peppermint is the perfect compliment to coconut oil because its antibacterial/antimicrobial properties fight the bacteria that cause odor, while cooling your skin by constricting the capillaries. It even soothes freshly shaved under arms with its surprising analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Wow, what a super star!
Patchouli and cedarwood essential oils create a nice, earthy fragrance that will work for guys and girls. And believe it or not, they both offer antibacterial properties (in fact, patchouli inhibited 20 bacteria in a recent study).
Since you'll be using this deodorant one to two times per day, it's important to spot test your skin with a diluted version of the essential oils you use to make sure you don't have any reaction to them.
Trust me, this deodorant works to combat odor and soothe sweaty pits like no other!
A Note for Heavy Sweaters
Don't forget that this is not an antiperspirant, so you're going to sweat, but that's not a bad thing like we've been to believe. Sweating is the body's way of removing toxins from your body, so just allow yourself to get used it and be prepared to mop up and change into a fresh shirt after physical activity. You may also need to reapply the deodorant for it to be effective. We're all different, so experiment and don't give up too quickly!
What's your favorite homemade deodorant?