“Homemade deodorant? What in the world?”
That was my first reaction when a friend told me that’s what she uses and that it works great, and she loves it. Then my next reaction, “What? You have to rub it on?!? No way. No way I’m rubbing on deodorant.”
So then, a couple years passed, and until last year I had no idea the dangers of aluminum-containing deodorants (which is what I have always used, generously). Basically, heavy metals, like aluminum, do not belong in our bodies. Then, I thought about my sweet little friend who tried to share her experience with her homemade deodorant, but never shared with me the dangers of aluminum (and God knows what else) that is in the major brand deodorants out there, to try to change my mind. She just accepted the fact that I wasn’t interested in rubbing on my deodorant. Therefore, if you’re a smelly sweater (when not wearing deodorant) like me, you have probably relied on such powerful and even clinical-strength store-bought deodorants to help you out tremendously! In addition, like me, you’ve probably never considered making a deodorant that could even slightly help out your armpits’ cry for help. I could not even go without deodorant after a bath at night because I would wake up with a slight underarm odor. So, to say that I was reluctant to throw away my aluminum-containing anti-perspirants is an understatement. I was scared to even consider it. But, like all things – don’t knock it til you try it, right?
Needless to say, my new found knowledge of the dangers of aluminum anti-perspirants outweighed my fear of switching to homemade. I knew for a fact that the store bought deodorants that did not contain aluminum wouldn’t work for me, since I’ve tried them in the past. There’s NO anti-perspirant in those, so why even try? I need anti-perspirant. Therefore, after searching for a homemade alternative that helped with the sweaty part of the deal, I found one that worked. You’ll notice that in the homemade recipe, the baking soda and cornstarch/arrowroot starch powder mixture exists to provide just that – absorption. The baking soda also helps to absorb odor, while the essential oils kill bacteria and give a nice scent. The extra virgin coconut oil also contains anti-microbial qualities and provides a little moisture to absorb into the skin, while giving a base to help hold all the ingredients together.
I’ve had some frequently asked questions, so I thought it would be nice to provide some answers:
Does it absorb quickly?
It absorbs just as fast as any other deodorant I’ve used. Even if it takes 30 seconds longer, that’s still 30 seconds I’m contributing to my health. Also, it doesn’t leave white marks on shirts any more than the store-bought. As a matter of fact, I would say that it makes much less of a white mark – okay, almost none.
How can you travel with deodorant if it melts?
Unfortunately, if this deodorant gets too hot, it will melt. It is still usable, even if it’s melted, but you want to try to keep it at room temperature or below. If it gets too cold, it will be very hard, and you may have to scrape it out. My suggestion is to put it in a Tupperware container, or some type of air-tight container for traveling. It has always worked out for me, even though we live in the South. I’ve gotten used to using this, and traveling with it. Just like any kind of lifestyle change, it’s different at first, but then you get used to it. Soon, I will be trying another version made with beeswax, that can be put into a stick form (requests of my husband).
It won’t work on me because I sweat like a pig.
Weigh your options: Putting aluminum in your body daily, or adapting to a different deodorant. I went from using clinical-strength deodorants to this homemade version, and I’m shocked that it even works on me. Give it a try before you say that it won’t work. You might be a bit surprised.
How long does it last?
I was surprised that it lasts so long. It usually lasts me 24 hours or more, as long as I didn’t work up a huge sweat working out or working in the yard. Of course, if I work out or work outside in the heat, this would be followed by a quick shower. But, there were times when I did not shower right away, and the deodorant was doing its job! I was shocked! You will, no doubt, still sweat with this deodorant if you work up a sweat doing something strenuous as usual. But, all in all, it prevents me from also carrying that sweaty “smell” along with the sweat.
Does it leave stains or marks?
No. Again, I was surprised. Sometimes I can actually take my shirts off and hang them right back up in the closet because there were no greasy deodorant stains and no marks, and no sweaty smell! With the store-bought deodorants, there was always some type of greasy under-arm mark on my clothes that sometimes stained my clothing. Not with this one. It also washes off really well in the shower. No need to scrub and scrub and scrub to get it off (which is what I had to do with those store-bought brands).
Does it take your body some time to adjust?
Yes. And that depends on your body chemistry. It took me almost a week before my body adjusted. This means, when I switched, I still had a little stickiness under my arm and was wondering if it was even working. After a few days, it started to get better. It changed my body chemistry to the point of not having to wear deodorant during the night while sleeping and not waking up with a slight odor. Now, my armpits do not even get as smelly without deodorant like they did before.
How do I apply it, and it seems inconvenient?
At the end of this video on my Facebook page, I show how to rub it between your fingertips. Massage onto armpits and rinse hands with warm water and/or soap. Personally, I do not wash off with soap because I like the moisture I get from the coconut oil on my hands. All I’m washing off is the baking soda and starch and leaving behind the oils. All in all, this process may take about 1 whole minute longer to apply and wash off than the stick, but in my opinion, it is worth that 1 whole minute. Just as mentioned before, it’s something to get used to. If I’m weighing the options, I’d much rather use an anti-perspirant that does not contain aluminum.
I hope most of your questions are answered, and if there are any more unanswered questions, please ask below in the comments!
Click here to view the recipe video [1:23] on my Facebook page!
- 5 TBsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot Starch/ Corn Starch
- 1/3 cup Baking Soda
- 18-20 drops Essential Oils
– 15 drops Lavender
– 1 drop Frankincense (avoid for extra sensitive skin)
– 1 drop Tea Tree (avoid for extra sensitive skin)
– 1 drop Lemongrass (avoid for extra sensitive skin)
Test the essential oils on your skin for sensitivity before using. Lavender is the most gentle. Rosemary is another gentle oil.
- Mix coconut oil in bowl to soften. You may even dip the bottom of bowl into hot water to melt the oil enough to mix.
- Add starch, baking soda, and essential oils. Mix until combined and becomes pasty.
- Store in an air-tight container.