Though homemade deodorants may sound like some sort of a Pinterest fail, many DIY-ers are converts to the make-your-own stuff as a cheaper, healthier alternative to store-bought varieties. This recipe is customizable, super inexpensive, and free from loads of scary, bad-for-you ingredients. It’s made with just three base ingredients — baking soda, coconut oil, and cornstarch — which means you likely have what you need right in your pantry.
While deodorant helps combat body odor, antiperspirants actually prevent sweat by blocking the ducts that release it. Ingredients in most antiperspirants, like aluminum, artificial fragrances, and triclosan (a preservative that helps keep bacteria from growing in cosmetics), can irritate some people’s skin Triclosan: applications and safety. Bhargava, H.N., Leondard, P.A. American Journal of Infection Control, 1996 Jun;24(3):209-18. Aluminum: impacts and disease. Nayak, P. Department of Physiology, Sikkim Naipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Tadong, Gangtok Sikkim, India. Environmental Research, 2002 Jun;89(2):101-15. . While the following recipe does not promise to stop sweat, it does work to stave off body odor — and that’s what deod is all about, are we right?
What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder for sensitive skin)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/8 -1/4 teaspoon essential oil (We like lavender and lemongrass, but feel free to choose your favorite)
*Recipe slightly adapted from gnowfglins.com
What to Do:
1. If the coconut oil is in a solid state, put some in a microwave-safe container and pop it in the microwave for 10-second intervals (until it melts fully).
2. Mix in essential oil.
3. Add cornstarch and baking soda and mix until smooth.
4. Transfer to a jar and apply with your hands or an empty deodorant tube for mess free application.
Note: It may be best to refrigerate your deodorant since coconut oil has a low melting point.
Ever made your own deodorant? What ingredients did you use? Let us know in the comment section below or tweet the author @nicmcdermott.