Ah, deodorant. One of those very personal things that most people trying to go toxin-free struggle with – because nothing works like the chemically-laden antiperspirants out there. The goal of a deodorant isn’t to stop you from sweating, but rather to nullify the smell.
I have tried Purely Great Natural Deodorant, which is one of my go-to’s, and my very active friend tried a Green Virgin Products Deodorant Stone, which she found effective after a workout (she was also very pleased that it didn’t cause any armpit rashes the way her other deodorants did). Natural deodorants provide a chemical-free alternative to antiperspirants and store-bought deodorants by attacking the core root of body odor. They also provide to the skin a natural moisturizer making the skin naturally supple and healthy. Standard deodorants also tend to clog the pores to reduce your sweat, while natural deodorants treat the bacteria on the skin to have reduced body odor. The Arluka guide to natural deodorant could guide you through the common questions you might have about natural deodorants.
But what about DIY options to make a natural deodorant at home? There are A TON out there!
Here are some easy DIY deodorant recipes that are simple enough for even a lazy DIY-er like me to try!
If you’ve read my Detox Your Home & DIY Guide, you’ll know that I love Sherri from Overthrow Martha because she has AWESEOME DIY recipes. Also she’s very sweet. 🙂 This is a simple recipe with coconut oil, arrowroot flour, baking soda, and essential oils that she has been using for years.
Sherri made a variation of the first recipe by adding bentonite clay to the mix to increase the sweat-fighting power.
Lindsey from Homemade Mommy has another variation with the same ingredients from Sherri’s recipes, but she also adds shea butter to the mix. This makes it easier to apply if you’re in a colder climate where coconut oil is rock solid at room temperature.
This is another softer paste recipe with a combination of coconut oil, arrowroot powder, corn starch, baking soda, and essential oils.
If you want a soft deodorant with very few ingredients, here’s a recipe with just 3 ingredients to make the base, and then you can add essential oils to it.
Kara from Life Sanity has a mix that works well as a deodorant stick, with shea butter, baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil, and essential oils. This would be a fun one to make & give away as gifts! I have seen larger sized paperboard tubes (like I used for my lip balm recipe) that would be perfect for this!
Tracey from Don’t Mess with Mama wanted a solid deodorant (I personally would too!) so she has a recipe that also has beeswax to help it have the right consistency.
Hannah from Healy Eats Real has another solid deodorant recipe here with beeswax, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda, bentonite clay, and essential oils.
Catherine from Butter Nutrition‘s take on a solid deodorant also incorporates aloe vera gel and vitamin e, along with many of the other ingredients in the other solid deodorant recipes.
If you’re more of a deodorant spray person, then this recipe will be perfect for you, because it’s by far the easiest one I’ve seen. No time needed to melt stuff down, just pour the ingredients into a spray bottle and go! Woohoo!