Okay, don’t panic people. I know that putting “DIY” and “deodorant” into one sentence is bound to make a few of you seriously panicky and/or downright confused about just how much of a hippie I actually am. But WAIT. Don’t go. Because if you’ve ever tried natural deodorant before (the kind you can buy from a store) you know that it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to. “Natural antiperspirant” is an oxymoron, because antiperspirants are full of chemicals that are unnatural for your body, which means natural deodorants are exactly that – deodorants. They don’t stop you from sweating, they’re just supposed to stop you from smelling. And every body is different, and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Laura uses Lafe’s lavender deodorant spray and finds it works wonders. For me, not so much.
If you have already found a natural deodorant that works for you, awesome. If not, while I can’t guarantee that you’ll like this DIY deodorant as much as I do, at least it’s super inexpensive, so you can give it a try at really no risk! If you’re not using a natural deodorant, find out why you maybe should be.
You’ll need only three things: baking soda, corn starch and coconut oil! Easy peasy. I haven’t frightened you away yet, have I?
The baking soda is for anti-bacterial properties, the corn starch is for dryness, and the coconut oil is for moisture and spreadability!
Mix together equal parts baking soda and corn starch – for enough to fill two empty deodorant sticks, start with 1/4 cup of each.
Add in coconut oil until the whole mixture is thick and relatively spreadable. For me, this was around 6-7 tbsp of coconut oil. You don’t have to worry too much about whether it will spread, because the coconut oil will melt when it touches your skin and make it easy to put on.
It should look a little something like the photo above! You can spread it on using your fingers, but I prefer the convenience of using an old deodorant stick. Just clean out the stick and roll it all the way down, then fill it with your homemade deodorant!
For me, this deodorant has been a dream. It smells amazing, like some kind of tropical holiday (thanks to the coconut oil), and miraculously I don’t smell! At all! I am so pleased that I go around telling everyone about it. Plus, it does have drying properties which means I don’t sweat as much as I usually do with natural deodorants. It’s wonderful!
What kind of deodorant do you use? Would you ever try DIY deodorant? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @GreenGuineaPigs!