At this point, many people are already aware of the dangers of store bought deodorants and antiperspirants. They contain aluminum, which is associated with a wide range of health issues, such as breast cancer.
So, if you want to save both time and money as well as protect yourself from questionable ingredients found in store bought deodorants, consider making natural homemade deodorant!
The basic recipe calls for only four ingredients:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/4 tsp essential oil
The great thing about making your own deodorant is that you get to choose the benefits. While the oil, baking soda, and the powder are all necessities, you can add essential oils of choice.
How Do I Make Homemade Deodorant?
Here are the basic steps:
Melt the coconut oil. Stir in an essential oil of choice. Add in the baking soda and arrowroot powder, and mix well. Store into a container or a jar and apply with a spatula/ fingers.
After some time the coconut oil sets and the deodorant turns into a semi-solid state. While this DIY deodorant will not have the same properties that store bought deodorants have, it will keep you smelling great all day.
Which Oils Are Essential?
The essential oils included in these mixes are antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and astringent.
Essential Oils #1:
Add a drop or two of each oil until you have got ¼ teaspoon of oil.
Geranium and cypress are natural deodorizers; geranium tones the skin; lemon removes toxins; and clove bud provides antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
Essential Oils #2:
- 9 drops ylang ylang
- 8 drops frankincense
Ylang ylang is an essential oil with a pleasant smell and immune boosting properties while frankincense is a natural stress reliever, anti-inflammatory and helps with coughs, colds, and arthritis.
Essential Oils #3:
- 5 drops cedarwood
- 4 drops tea tree
- 5 drops geranium
- 3 drops patchouli
Originally titled “The Original”, this mix has a naturally pleasant smell and potent antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Cedarwood is known to clear oily skin, tea tree oil promotes healthy skin, and patchouli serves to cover up bad odors.
Essential Oils #4:
- 3 drops rosemary
- 10 drops lavender
- 4 drops lemon
This blend smells amazing! As an added bonus, the aromatics includes in this recipe are amazing relaxants that promote calmness and will have you thinking straight right away!
Essential Oils #5:
- 7 drops sandalwood
- 10 drops frankincense
Sandalwood has many of the same properties of frankincense and provides very pleasant smell. As already discussed earlier, frankincense is known as a potent natural stress reliever.
Note: Check out your medicine cabinet and use whichever oil you have. Try out various recipes and then stick to the one that works best for you!