It so true. For the better part of a year, I’ve been determined to find a natural deodorant that actually works and doesn’t make me smell worse. I tried a few brands and flavors. Heck, I even tried doubling up – layer of unscented roll-on followed by a spritz of Burts Bees spra-on deodorant. No bueno. Not one of them. There are a few additional recommendations that I could have looked into, but considering I had nothing to lose, I decided to take a friend’s advice and whip up my own.
I know, I know. Homemade deodorant, how Pacific Northwest am I? I have been wearing it exclusively for nearly two months and am happy with it. And that says a lot. I mean, I make my deodorant work for its keep. I’m not one of the lucky ducks who don’t stink or sweat in the pits. No, I’m more of a stinky dog type that sweats and stinks on the regular.
I’ve made two batches so far. One with eucalyptus oil and the other with tea tree oil. They’re both good and smell nice, but I really like the anti fungal & bacterial quality of tea tree oil. Perfect for a deodorant!
- Create a hot water bath by filling a bowl with hot water and placing the deodorant container in the center.
- Add the following ingredients to the container in the hot water bath:
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 10 or so drops of essential oil for scent
- Mix up the deodorant ingredients until fully mixed and smooth.
- Store the deodorant in the container.
- Apply the deodorant concoction with fingertips.
A few things to make note of:
- This is not an antiperspirant. I still sweat in the pits. But, that’s what pits are for right?
- If the sweat runs, you can see a white residue. This is from the baking soda. This only happen when I exercise and/or sweat big time.
- Because of the coconut oil, the deodorant concoction changes from a solid to liquid state, depending on the temperature. The weather has been very hot up here in Portland, so most days my deodorant is a liquid and needs to be stirred up before using.
- The concoction smells of coconut oil unless you add an essential oil to infuse with another scent. Like I said, I really like the eucalyptus and tea tree scents I have experimented with.
- For on the go usage, place a small amount of the mixture in a smaller container. I have a small, 2 oz container that I bring in my carryon, gym and weekend bag.