Earlier this week I posted this photo on Facebook and Twitter asking you guys to guess what I was making. Well, I’ve jumped on the hippie bandwagon and started making my own deodorant! This experiment started back in May when I decided to try using milk of magnesia in place of traditional deodorant. While this worked fine on days where I didn’t sweat at all, I found that on days where I spent time in the heat or working up a sweat, it just didn’t keep odor at bay. I wasn’t getting super ripe or anything – just a hint of b.o. – but it was enough to warrant trying something else.
The homemade deodorant recipe I decided to go with is one that is repeated so frequently among green bloggers, that it may as well be public record at this point. You can find variations on this recipe, as well as a few other DIY skincare recipes here, but the basic recipe goes like this:
Homemade Aluminum-Free Deodorant
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
- 1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda (you can use less if you have sensitive skin)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
Mix and store in a small jar. Warm a bit of the mixture between your fingers before applying to underarms.
I attempted to reuse an old deodorant tube for this, but it was an epic failure…not only would turning the dial not push the product up to the top, but on a day we didn’t run the A/C, the deodorant softened and started to ooze out the bottom of the container. This product will be kept in a small jelly jar from now on!
Does it work?
Yep! The first two days I used it, I went on a long walk in the sun on my lunch break, and my armpits got sweaty enough that I thought for sure I’d be stinking when I got back to work. But I didn’t! I kept checking all day, and there was no odor. I finally felt the need to reapply around 9 pm both of those days (mostly for my partner’s sake, haha), otherwise I may have been smelly by morning. But 14 hours worth of odor protection is enough for me. I have a new deodorant.
Things you may like to know about this deodorant:
- Applying to chapped or irritated skin will burn like crazy.
- The grapefruit scent wears off rather quickly.
- It’s not an antiperspirant. You will still sweat.
Want more DIY skincare recipes? Do you have a deodorant recipe you love?