Single-use plastic is clearly a bad guy. So are smelly armpits. And dangerous chemicals. Making your own deodorant will help remove all these bad eggs from your under arm-area; all whilst saving your money too!
The recipe for this conscious concoction only calls for four ingredients, most of which you will already have. You will also need a portable jar in which to store your creation.
Tip: Check your local charity-shops for pre-loved ones to complete your transition into a full blown eco-warrior.
DIY Delightful Deodorant
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2-3 months worth of deodorant (roughly 250 ml)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
- 1/3 cup bakingsoda
- 8-10 drops essential oil
- Measure out the baking soda and cornstarch and mix together in a bowl.
- Add the coconut oil and the essential oils to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Pour into a clean, air-tight jar. (If air-tight, deodorant will last up to 3-6 months.)
- When applying, use a wooden stick to get deodorant out of the container and then transfer to your finger. A pea-sized amount is usually enough to get you through the day.
The consistency of this deodorant is temperature dependant as it contains plenty of coconut oil. The colder the climate, the more solid the texture. As we are currently transitioning into the colder months of the year your best bet is to store the jar by the shower. This will allow the steam to warm it up before applying.
Where to find stuff:
Lavender-, lemongrass- and grapefruit-oils all work well as deodorising material for this recipe (though maybe not combined…). These delightful liquids, along with plenty others, can be found on Amazon, on other online stores or in your local health shop.
The same goes for cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Baking soda and coconut oil can be found in pretty much any grocery store.
Be very cautious of the origin of the essential oil as you will be applying it on a sensitive part of your skin. What you’re looking for is a reputable, transparent, and preferably organic source.
Do not put the essential oils directly onto your skin without the carrier oil (coconut in this case) as they are very potent and may otherwise end up irritating the skin.
Apart from that you can’t really go wrong with this recipe – so join the party and get experimenting. May the best-smelling armpit win!