We all can get behind the importance of deodorant. It’s not the most fun or glamorous beauty/skincare product but next to toothpaste and soap, it may be the most necessary. Natural deodorant especially gets a bad wrap, as many don’t hold up against commercial counterparts. I admit, I wasn’t a fan of the stuff either until I started making my own. Now I’m such a believer, I decided to share the recipe with you.
HOW DEODORANTS WORK
Before I share the recipe, allow me to give a quick rundown on why you should consider going the natural route when it comes to deodorant. Arm pits contain bacteria (perfectly normal and natural) that feed on the proteins and fats released when you sweat. It’s their byproducts that cause the lovely smell of BO.
Commercial deodorants use chemicals and antiperspirants that stop bacteria from making a stinky fuss. Antiperspirants clog sweat glands, stop sweat and therefore, prevent the secretion of fat and protein for bacteria to feast on. The chemicals company use do a variety of things but mainly make your arm pits unwelcoming place for bacteria to be. The trouble with many commercial deodorants is that these chemicals can be irritating to the skin. Same goes for the synthetic fragrances they use. If you want to know more about non-green deodorants and why they’re problematic, check out this article from Natural Living Ideas.
Natural deodorants pose their own risks. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean you won’t have a negative reaction to it. Walnuts are natural but if I eat them, my tongue swells. With that said, it’s important to always read the ingredients in your products but green-deodorants can be just as effective as commercial ones. Natural antibacterial ingredients, like tea tree oil, can destroy foul smell causing bacteria while sweat absorbing ingredients like cornstarch keep excess moisture at bay. Finding one that works for your own body chemistry is the true challenge.
I was generally disappointed by the green brands I tried. When I found out how simple it was to make my own (and I love making my own beauty products), I decided to formulate my own. Trust me, I was skeptical (this girl sweats!) but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that not only did my custom one work but was easy to create. While I did sweat (which I also did with commercial brands), I didn’t sweat through my clothes or leave stains. This is not something I could say when I was going the commercial route. Fun fact: the aluminum in antiperspirants create those sightly yellow stains due to a chemical reaction of when it mixes with the proteins in perspiration.
Since I started making my own deodorant a year ago, I haven’t looked back. Here is how you can make your own natural deodorant too.
DIY NATURAL DEODORANT INGREDIENTS
1.5 Tablespoons of cornstarch
1.5 Tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil (must be virgin)
Small glass or bpa free bowl
container with lid
Place ingredients into a bowl and gently blend till smooth. You may have to soften coconut oil if solid. Once you have a cream paste scoop contents into a sealable jar for use.
–Makes 1 ounce of creme based deodorant.
If you’re not into cream based deodorants, no problem. I also have a recipe for natural solid deodorant. If you’d like to see if, let me know in the comments section.
Hudson Valley based writer.