That’s right, y’all. Homemade deodorant. Myth or magic? I’ve been wondering about homemade products like this for a long time and I’m sure some of you have, too. Now this is not my first dip into the homemade/DIY product pool. However, until this point I haven’t really invested in anything major. I’ve done surface level stuff like sugar scrubs, toothpaste, and some easy cleaning sprays. But as we inch along on our journey toward a more natural household environment I really feel like it’s time to start branching out. And of course I’ll be documenting each trial and error here with the Miles Tribe.
Okay, so has anyone else noticed that nobody really likes to talk about deodorant? People want you to wear it (obviously) but they don’t want to hear about it, talk about it, or really think about what’s in it. And what really gets me is that this societal aversion is just one of many that harms the consumer and benefits that manufacturer. By making the conversation taboo or uncool companies can get away with all manner of sins when it comes to their products. And when people try to address this issue by researching, questioning, and exploring alternatives, a lot of times they get a bad rap for being too “granola” or buying into conspiracy theories.
So why deodorant? Well, because my husband has struggled for years with the adverse effects of mainstream deodorants which have resulted in scary reactions and multiple doctor visits– turns out his reactions have likely been caused by the aluminum contained in baking soda and similar agents. What’s worse is he’s not alone. The big corporations just want him and others like him to feel like he is so that they can keep on keepin’ on. The truth is, many of us have probably had reactions to deodorants and antiperspirants without realizing or questioning it. Rashes, irritation, swollen lumps or glands, etc. All signs that your body is rejecting whatever harmful chemical it’s being exposed to. And some of these can be quite serious so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms (or others) consult a physician immediately. This baking soda free deodorant recipe is one that I found online at www.ablossominglife.com after much research and decided to try.
Let’s get to it! First you’ll need:
- 1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder/Flour or Cornstarch*for stronger protection: 1/4 Arrowroot Powder Cup & 1/4 Cup Bentonite Clay
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (or equivalent) *we were out of virgin/refined
- 10-20 Drops of Tea Tree or Lavender essential oils (for antifungal properties)
- 10 Drops of your essential oil of choice (really for fragrance purposes)
- A container of your choosing (I used a recycled deodorant stick but you could also use a jar or small container)
Okay y’all. Now for the hard part. Pay attention and make sure you follow each step carefully otherwise it won’t work!
- I warmed the oil just a bit so that it was easier to mix the ingredients
- I mixed all the ingredients together
- Poured them into my container
- Let them sit for 10-15minutes or until solidified
Literally, that’s it. No, I’m not kidding. No, there are no hidden catches. It’s seriously something that takes no time at all and has the potential to save you from so much pain and suffering down the road.
My thoughts/review: I will say that the coconut oil when it hits your skin is meltier than the average stick deodorant or antiperspirant that you’re probably used to. But it’s also very moisturizing, hasn’t stained my clothes, AND since I opted for peppermint oil as my fragrance oil, it has the most amazing cooling sensation which is crazy amazing in the warmer climate. I didn’t have bentonite clay, tea tree, or lavender oils at the time that I made this but I was just too impatient. Even without these it’s pretty awesome. It’s not as effective for me as store-bought deodorant, but I credit some of this to my body adjusting and the fact that I was missing some ingredients at the time (*which I have since been able to get off Amazon.com so I will be re-melting and re-mixing soon!) so I didn’t get the full effect. Still, even without the extra oils and clay I would list this in the success category. I love how cheap and easy it was to make. I love how much healthier my skin is. And I love that my family can use this without fear of harmful, adverse reactions. Needless to say, I don’t think we’ll ever go back to the old stuff. Sorry, not sorry.
Special thanks to www.ablossominglife.com for their amazing recipe and natural approach in the face of so many unnatural trends and products. If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, please do! Make sure you click subscribe so you don’t miss out on all of the exciting tips and tricks coming soon for spring/summer! Follow along on Instagram @milestogoxo for the day-to-day grind and styling. Comment below with your results or some DIY’s you’ve loved or would love to see! Until next time, fam. Wishing you all good things. Always. XO