As far back as I can remember, I haven’t been able to use commercial deodorants without breaking out in a painful, ugly rash. I don’t know if you have ever had a rash in your underarm, but it’s not pretty and feels like a chemical burn. I started using crystal deodorants several years ago, but found that they didn’t always work for me and I needed to re-apply too frequently for my liking.
Just under a year ago, I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils, and I starting making my own skin care products, one of which being a natural, homemade deodorant. I have found that therapeutic-grade essential oils blend beautifully with a few simple ingredients for a wonderful smelling, natural deodorant that lasts all day. No more worrying whether my deodorant is going to stop working before I do. Now, at the end of the day – no matter how sweaty the day may have been – not only do I not smell bad, I actually still smell fresh and clean. Even better than that, I can actually use my homemade deodorant with NO painful rash whatsoever!
We are bombarded every day with harsh, toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat and everything we put on our skin. It is such a relief to know that there are healthier alternatives available to us when we know where to look. Because my homemade deodorant doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemical ingredients that commercial brands do, I have found a way to prevent embarrassing underarm odor without sacrificing my health or my skin.
I personally like to use a combination of lavender and tea tree essential oils in my deodorant recipe for their anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. I also use that particular combination because I love the fresh smell of lavender and, to me, the smell of tea tree oil is synonymous with clean. Lavender essential oil may also be used to soothe skin irritations (like shaving), which makes it a perfect choice for this recipe. You may use whatever combination of essential oils you prefer, however, you will want to be careful with the citrus oils, as they can cause photosensitivity and you should avoid direct exposure to sunlight for 12 – 48 hours after use.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- ¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 4 Tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well to a smooth paste consistency. Transfer into a tight-sealing glass container for storage. With your fingers, rub a pea-sized amount on each underarm. As you rub, any grittiness you feel will disappear with the heat of your body. If it remains gritty, you probably need to add a little more coconut oil to the mixture.
One batch will last for several months with daily use. I’ve been using mine for almost 3 months and it looks like I still have about a month left to go.
I use cornstarch in my recipe because I have it handy and have never had any issues with it. I have been told that some people use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch; that will work too, if you find cornstarch irritating.
Keep in mind this is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant. I have never been a fan of antiperspirants, as they plug up the sweat glands, and I believe it is important to let the body sweat out toxins. It’s been said that more toxins are removed from the body by the liver and the kidneys than through perspiration, but why take the chance? Perspiration is also one of the body’s natural methods of cooling itself down. Since the body knows what it’s doing without my help, I try to stay out of it whenever possible and let it do its thing!
I hope you enjoy this homemade deodorant as much as I do. To happy underarms everywhere!