Would you believe me if I said that making your own deodorant is easy annnd fun? Probably not, but I’m gonna say it anyway! I started to make my own deodorant a few years ago because I refused to believe that it could really be that complicated. Based off what I had learned from making simple and non-toxic home cleaning products I knew that my pantry was chock full of eco-friendly ingredients that worked in my house so why couldn’t they work on me too?
Besides that, I was also keen on avoiding many of the chemicals in store bought deodorants such as, aluminum compounds, TEA/DEA, Triclosan, propylene glycol (this is especially harmful to people with sensitive skin) and parabens. Shockingly, the government does not require any safety testing before the creation and marketing of beauty and personal care products, and some like TEA/DEA have been banned in Europe due to the evidence that they are in fact, known carcinogens (chemicals that can cause cancer when used regularly).
All differences between me and my kitchen countertops aside, my DIY homemade deodorant worked, but as with any new venture worth pursing, there was a bit of a learning curve. If you have sensitive skin like I do, baking soda will not work.
Don’t think I’m being an eco-snob and recommending fancy arrowroot powder just because I can. The truth is that it made all the difference in relieving the awful, painful and incurable rash I developed from the baking soda’s abrasiveness. And although I don’t have all of the information on this, I’ve also read that for women, this rash can also be caused by a pH imbalance. I’d love to read your comments below if you know anything about this and I will be sure to update this post after I’ve done some more research on the topic. The more you know!
Before you begin, make sure you have these kitchen tools for this simple DIY:
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Hand or standing mixer
- Medium sized bowl
- Half pint (8 oz) mason jar with an air-tight lid
I prefer to use a standing mixer as it works quickly to whip the shea butter but you can also do it with a hand mixer quite easily. This takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish and will leave you with a DIY all-natural deodorant that you can use daily! Hope you enjoy.
DIY ALL-NATURAL DEODORANT
- 1.5 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
- 4 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, melted
- 4 tablespoons of organic shea butter
- 10-12 drops of lavender or citrus essential oil
In a bowl or standing mixer, whip the shea butter until it becomes light and fluffy (approximately 3-5 minutes) and stir in the melted coconut oil, arrowroot powder and essential oil until combined. It should be dense, well-mixed and very thick.
Using your spatula, transfer the deodorant to your jar and tightly seal the lid. Store in a cool, dark place to keep the oils from melting. If they do melt, simply take them out of the sunlight or warm area and allow the oils to harden again.
When applying, scoop out a small amount and gently massage the deodorant into your skin. If it’s very hard you might need to hold against the skin for a few moments to let it soften and melt. If you start to experience any skin irritation, rash, or discomfort of any kind, stop using immediately.