It has been almost a full year since I first began making my own homemade deodorants. I haven’t had to remake it but a couple times this year, so it saved me lots of store visits—- This deodorant will save you money over the long run, save your body from cancer, and last you a long time; a little goes a long way. It should also work for 12 hours minimum, it lasts 12-24 for me.
My homemade deodorant is a tried and true deodorizer. It does exactly what it’s supposed to, and sometimes, you don’t sweat, but when you do, it’s natural and you’re actually supposed to sweat to remove toxins in the body. Aluminum salts, which are used in commercial deodorants as an antiperspirant, are highly cancerous to the human body and most deodorants contain parabens, which cause breast cancer. Although sweating is a normal function of the skin organ, the baking soda will dry it out and the cornstarch will soak it up.
Lavender and Tea Tree oil are the big guns in this blend, as they kill bacteria which causes body odor. Baking soda will prevent growth and dry the skin out, cornstarch will attempt to soak up any moisture from sweating.
- 250 ml Mason Jar,
- Small spoon for mixing,
- 1 pan to heat up oil,
- 1/2 tsp fresh/raw Aloe Vera Gel,
- 1/2 tsp raw African Shea Butter,
- 6 Tbsp Baking Soda,
- 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil,
- 1 Tbsp Cornstarch,
- 1 to 2 Tbsp Witch Hazel,
- 8 drops Lavender,
- 8 drops Cedarwood,
- 6 drops Tea Tree,
- 4 drops Peppermint,
- 4 drops Clary Sage,
- 4 drops Clove,
- 4 drops Pine,
- 1 drop Citronella,
DO NOT microwave the coconut oil if it’s not already a liquid, you don’t need the radiation, nor the molecular structure of the oil to change. Coconut oil solidifies at 76°F. Use a blow dryer or stove top pan to heat the oil. The rest of the ingredients should be added in just like normal cooking: dry first, then add in liquids. Mix by hand with small spoon.
Applying The Deodorant— I like to use my fingers to grab a small dab of it and I massage it on my underarm regions— then I wash my hands. If the paste is too thick because the room was extra cold that night, run your finger through warm water quickly. If you don’t want to touch it, make your deodorant paste thinner* by using less baking soda and you can use a q-tip as the applicator.
* If you want a light paste, use only 4-5 Tbsp of baking soda and extra Shea Butter. If you want a thick-thick paste so you can stuff it into an old deodorant tube instead, try to use 7 Tbsp baking soda.
** If you want to change the fragrance at all, use more or less of an oil. The main ingredients which will fight bacteria growth and smell are the Baking Soda and Tea Tree Oil. If you want, you can use just Tea Tree oil, but use 12-15 drops.
As always, be careful when using essential oils, consult a credible aromatherapy book, and know what may cause an allergic reaction. If there is a reaction, discontinue use immediately, and try a new batch using lavender and tea tree only. Apply lavender and aloe to the reaction.
Witch hazel has proven to emulsify the deodorant to make it creamier and much easier to apply. I recommend 1-2 TBSP of witch hazel.