A lot of the products we buy in stores are packed with chemicals and harsh ingredients that can do a lot of damage to our skin, which we tend to ignore.
So as it is summer I thought it would be a good idea to share this zero waste natural deodorant with you, if you are looking for a more natural solution to deodorant or simply trying to reduce the amount of chemicals you are using on your skin? I think you will enjoy this.
Firstly I started to look into the world of DIY beauty products when I wanted to stop using so many items on my skin and store bought deodorant just wasn’t cutting it for me, along with many chemicals added to the store products, they were irritating my underarm skin and I kind of just hated them. A more natural solution was needed. Although don’t get me wrong I still use a lot of store bought items, I’m not perfectly zero waste but one day I will get there. So moving on from that little story I researched more into the natural ways to keeping fresh pits, without the use of antiperspirants. There are so many recipes and methods out there for you to discover. From just patting baking soda onto your underarm to this recipe I will be showing you below, using only 4 ingredients that you will more than likely already have in your kitchen.
I use the most simplest recipe in the world like I mentioned above using only 4 ingredients, too make up this deodorant. You can of course alter the recipe to suit your own preferences a lot of people will add Shea Butter for added moisture but the simple recipe works well for my skin so I tend to keep to it (probably changing the scent every now and then though) this has been a go to simple yet effective recipe so that is way I have stuck with it and decided to share it with you to give it a go for yourself.
What ingredients do I use and why are they added?
Coconut Oil – used for moisturising the skin to avoid drying out
Baking Soda – used to neutralise odour, it helps to prevent excess sweating (but sweating is natural to your body so don’t think that sweating is wrong
Corn starch – used as the base to create a thicker formula to this deodorant
Tea Tree Oil – added to the mixture as essential oils have antibacterial properties helping to fight the odour.
1/2 cup Coconut Oil –
1/2 cup Baking Soda –
1/4 cup Corn starch –
2 – 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
1. Melt your coconut oil in a microwave (or on the stove) , then mix your essential oils in the bowl
2. Stir in the baking soda and add the corn starch- give this mixture a stir until all lumps are gone and the mixture is a cloudy colour
3. Move the mixture from the bowl into the container you plan on storing the deodorant in
4. Place into the fridge for an hour to harden and then your deodorant is ready to be applied.
*Warning; this deodorant may sting on freshly shaven underarms, so do wait before applying.
If you plan to create your own deodorant let me know in the comments below, what essential oil will you use?