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There are lots of great reasons why I like the idea of making my own homemade deodorant. It’s easy, frugal, and (a big reason) I can smell however I like!! Be careful though, it doesn’t really matter how much you love the smell of your deodorant, people just don’t respond well when you run around the house asking them to smell your armpits. Better to have them smell the deodorant straight out of the container 😉
I had no choice but to switch to deodorant and not wear antiperspirants.
During college my lymph nodes in my armpits started to swell and it was very painful. I went to a few doctors, but finally it was the school nurse who told me to stop using antiperspirants and switch to deodorant because of the aluminum zirconium found in antiperspirants. Sure enough, days after switching, my painful lymph nodes began shrinking back to normal. Just think what continual daily application of anti-antiperspirants is doing to the body!
I had been taking store bought deodorant with me and reapplying it once or twice throughout the day, but with this homemade deodorant I haven’t had to! Yea! Another plus!
When considering which essential oils to add to your homemade deodorant, take into account that some essential oils are astringents (help close pores = less sweat) like sage, others kill bacteria like Tea Tree, and others are calming and focusing like ylang ylang, lavender, or peppermint.
You can definitely use a combination of these, just make sure you are not sensitive to them first. You don’t want a rash there (ouch).
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- Melt coconut oil and stir in baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oil.
- Pour into an old deodorant container and allow to cool.
I had an empty deodorant container and I poured it there and put it in the fridge until it set up. You can also buy them HERE and then refill them each time they are empty.
***Important*** Coconut oil solidifies below 76 degrees. During hot summer months I put my deodorant in the fridge because on super hot days it will liquefy (which is no big deal if it’s in the jelly jar, but it may leak or spill when you pick it up if it’s in the deodorant container). For hot winter months, you can buy coconut oil that has a melting point of 92 degrees Fahrenheit instead (Bulk Apothecary sells some). It stays firm at room temperature in most locations.
I didn’t have essential oils like Tree Oil, lavender, ylang ylang, grapefruit, lemon, etc. when I first made this so I put my favorite smelling massage oil in it. It turned out really great. It had a bit of extra ingredients that I didn’t necessarily want, but it smelled amazing and wasn’t bad for a first batch.
**You can also leave out the oils and use it as a powder. The baking soda will absorb odor, while the arrowroot will help absorb moisture.