My first experience with homemade deodorant was painful. Like, really painful. I have super sensitive skin and the stuff just burned. For hours.
I was told that some people have this problem and to give it time for my skin to adjust. So l kept at it. I kept torturing my sad little arm pits with the homemade deodorant from… you know where. After a solid month I finally gave up and went back to my less-effective and more-expensive “all natural” store-bought deodorant.
That’s why I’m so excited to share this recipe with you… in case you also have sensitive skin and need a little TLC from your homemade deodorant. It’s still very similar to most of the online recipes you’ll find, and it’s still very effective, but hopefully it won’t make your pits burn. We want happy and non-smelly armpits, right? Right!
Why homemade deodorant?
- Aluminum – This is the primary ingredient in most stuff you’ll buy at the store. It’s a metal which has been linked to breast cancer in women and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. No thanks.
- Parabens – This synthetic preservative is found in so many personal care products. The largest concern is that these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
- Propylene glycol – This is a petroleum-based material. In large quantities, studies have shown that this stuff can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
- Phthalates – Another class of chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health issues including birth defects.
- Triclsoan – This chemical is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Do you really want to put this stuff on your body? I didn’t think so.
Keep in mind that this is NOT an antiperspirant. But that’s a good thing. You need to sweat. It’s one of the ways your body naturally detoxes. Besides, antiperspirants just clogs your pores to keep the sweat from coming out… but your body will keep trying to detox. That’s why antiperspirants leaves those “pit stain” on your favorite shirt. It’s like your armpit threw up the chemical junk. Gross.
In fact, I found that I sweat a lot less after I stopped wearing antiperspirants (which was long before I was a hippie and started making homemade deodorant). And I have no stains on my shirts. Awesome.
Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tablespoon baking soda (You can even use less if you have super sensitive skin…)
1/3 cup arrow root powder (you can get this at most health foods stores)
10 – 15 drops of essential oil (optional)
a small mixing bowl and spoon
a small container for your finished product
1. Mix the coconut oil, baking soda, and arrow-root powder in the small mixing bowl. Use the back of the spoon to help “cream” the ingredients until you have a consistency similar to deodorant.
2. Mix in essential oils. This is an optional step, but I think it makes it more fun. You can choose whatever oils you want. Some love lavender or patchouli. My favorite is 10 drops of ylang ylang and 2 drops of cinnamon.
3. Put mixture in small container (I use my cute little spatula for this step). To use simply swipe two fingers gently into the mixture and rub on your underarms. Wait two minutes before dressing to avoid any smearing on your clothes.
Note: Coconut oil melts when temperatures get warmer. Some people like to keep their deodorant in the fridge during warm months. I don’t bother since I can still use it… even if it gets a bit melty during those hotter months.