Deodorant is one of those personal care products we have become incredibly attached to. We can't possibly risk smelling bad! Believe it or not deodorant hasn't been around that long - with the first stick deodorant invented in 1903 and the first aerosol invented only in the 1960s. As with many personal care products the early deodorant formulations used basic, natural ingredients. No surprise these natural deodorant recipes are still some of the most effective.
Today commercial deodorants contain all sorts of concerning ingredients that can clog pores, cause skin irritations and endocrine disruption. Things like aluminium, tricolosan, parabens and DEA are all common within deodorants. Labeling laws for personal care products do not require the disclosure of all ingredients. As people become more and more aware of the dangers of some hidden ingredients the move towards natural beauty products gains momentum.
Why We Choose Natural Deodorant
Sweating Is Important
You might think the best way to reduce body odour is to not sweat but we need to sweat. Sweating releases toxins from the body, regulates temperature, clears our pores and releases important endorphins. The ingredients in anti-perspirants that prevent you from sweating can cause problems for many people down the road. If you have ever had a blocked sweat gland you will know exactly how painful and uncomfortable this experience can be. We need to sweat, but we don't need the odour creating bacteria.
The Real Cause Of Odour
Bacteria is the cause of bad body odour. Get rid of the bacteria and you get rid of the odour. Bacteria thrives in more acid environments so it makes sense that if your sweat is more acid you will likely have trouble with body odour. Acidity levels in the body can be caused by a number of things but in most cases it is linked to diet. Alcohol, refined sugar, refined flours and animal products all add to acidity. Increased water, fruit, veg and fibre intake decrease acidity. Adjustments to diet will generally result in a noticeable improvement in body odour. But, even those with the healthiest diets still have some body odour. For this we have an incredibly simple natural deodorant recipe.
The Most Effective All Natural Deodorant Recipe
There really is only 1 ingredient you need to get rid of body odour: baking soda. Because of baking sodas high alkalinity it is an incredible antibacterial agent. If you want to move to homemade natural beauty products and natural household care products then baking soda is an instant staple in your pantry. The other ingredients in this natural deodorant recipe aid in soothing the skin, creating ease of application and reducing the abrasive nature the baking soda would have on its own.
- Baking Soda
- Coconut Oil
- Arrowroot Powder Or Corn Flour (Optional)
- Shea Butter (Optional)
- Essential Oils (Optional)
There are 4 different variations of the above recipe. You can also play with the ratios to find a mix that suits you. It boils down to personal preference.
The Deodorant Recipe That Gets The Job Done
For those that don't have sensitive skin and want the most effective odour-fighting deodorant around, this simple combination works the best:
- 4 parts baking soda to 1 part coconut oil mixed together into a thick paste
This recipe is generally a favourite among the men.
The Deodorant Recipe For Those Sensitive To Textures
For those that don't like the oily texture of the coconut oil and want something a bit smoother than the feel of baking soda:
- 2 parts baking soda, 2 parts arrowroot powder or cornflour mixed with 2 parts coconut oil.
The Moisturizing Deodorant Recipe
The most luxurious feeling natural deodorant contains the moisturizing benefits of shea butter, leaving your underarms silky smooth. Using shea butter in the recipe also binds the paste a bit better and makes it easier to apply.
- 3 parts baking soda, 3 parts coconut oil, 2 parts arrowroot powder, 2 parts shea butter.
- Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler on the stove first and then add in all other ingredients. Mix until an even paste.
The Natural Deodorant Recipe For Stick Deodorant
The melting point of coconut oil is around room temperature. This makes coconut oil quite tricky to carry around with you because it changes from liquid to solid quite easily and often without you realising. By substituting the coconut oil with shea butter completely you achieve a much more stable product that is easier to travel with. You can also easily utilise the packaging for a stick deodorant and create your own all natural deodorant stick using this recipe.
- 2 parts baking soda, 2 parts arrowroot or cornflour, 4 parts shea butter.
- Melt the shea butter in a double boiler on the stove before adding the other ingredients to mix into a paste.
- Spoon into and compress into a jar or deodorant stick container.
Our Personal Experience
We have been using natural deodorant for years! It's so effective that it isn't always necessary to apply it every day. It works wonders, I don't have to worry about the ingredients I am unknowingly being exposed to, it's one less item to buy and one less item of packaging going to landfill.