Throughout my life, I’ve always struggled to find a deodorant that is right for me. I’ve found they either don’t work for me, or only do so for a little while until my body adapts to them. And even when they do ‘work’, I’m still generally feeling pretty sticky and smelly at the end of a long day.
Recently, I’ve been reading more into the effects that the aluminium in deodorants can have on the body, especially in females (there’s plenty of information online about this, including some peer-reviewed studies. I suggest you conduct your own research and make a decision yourself – don’t just take my word!). I decided to try and make my own deodorant and see how I went, however I did this with heavy pessimism, already resigning myself to the fact that I’d be back to my Rexona within a day.
I found a recipe on the Wellness Mama website and thought I’d at least try it out and see how I went. I made up the deodorant, applied some then went about my day.
I’ve genuinely never been so amazed in my life. While I did still sweat during the day, it was nothing compared to normal. And at the end of the day literally all I could smell was lemongrass from the essential oil I used, and a slight hint of coconut from the coconut oil.
I’ve been using this deodorant for months now. While at the end of a long day I might get a little bit sweaty, it’s nothing compared to what it used to be, and it’s comforting knowing that it’s made from all natural ingredients.
For your homemade deodorant you will need:
- 6 tablespoons of coconut oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup arrowroot flour
- Essential oils of your choice (I used tea tree for it’s antibacterial properties and lemongrass for it’s fresh scent)
Simply place all ingredients in a bowl (adding essential oils depending on how strong you would like the scent to be) and mash together until combined. Store in a cool dark place and apply with fingers each day.