Don’t Sweat It: This DIY Deodorant Actually WORKS

Updated 11/24/15

Let’s face it—while many of us are jumping on the all-natural train when it comes to makeup and skincare, the idea of DIY-ing an all-natural deodorant doesn’t really sound as appealing.  Case in point: we may forgive an all-natural foundation if it begins to fade mid-day, but it’s extremely pertinent that our deodorant lasts us through the day (and night), thanks.  With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to try a DIY deodorant recipe made with all-natural ingredients. The result? 100% editor-approved—it kept odours and sweatiness at bay, all day.

Keep reading to find out how to DIY an all-natural deodorant that really works!

Ingredients

•6 tablespoons of coconut oil
•1/4 cup of baking soda
•1/4 cup of arrowroot or cornstarch
•Lavender or tea tree essential oils (optional)
•A jar or empty deodorant container

•6 tablespoons of coconut oil
•1/4 cup of baking soda
•1/4 cup of arrowroot or cornstarch
•Lavender or tea tree essential oils (optional)
•A jar or empty deodorant container

Keep scrolling to find out exactly why these ingredients will keep you smelling fresh all day!

Coconut Oil

The base of this deodorant is coconut oil, which we’ve already found more than enough beauty uses for.  When stored below 76 degrees, it has a paste-like consistency that binds all the ingredients together, which makes it a great base for this concoction.  It also contains major antibacterial, odor-killing properties!

Pictured: Nutiva Coconut Oil

Baking Soda

The same reason you keep it in your fridge is why baking soda makes it into this recipe—it absorbs odor!

Pictured: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

Smell or no smell, staying dry without using a harmful sweat-blocking ingredients like aluminum is important.  Both cornstarch and arrowroot are extremely absorbent, so the choice is up to you—cornstarch absorbs better, but some people are sensitive to it, in which case try arrowroot!

Pictured: Bob's Red Mill Arrowroot Starch

Essential Oils

You can add in any essential oil you like for a scented deodorant, but lavender oil or tea tree oil pack a one-for-two punch: they smell amazing and contain antibacterial properties!  Lavender is also great for soothing razor burn

Pictured: Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil

Directions

1: Mix baking soda and your chosen absorbent together in a small bowl

2: Add coconut oil and mix well.

3: Add a drop or two of essential oils (optional).

4: Scoop into an empty container if you prefer to rub your mixture on, like Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream ($14), or use an empty deodorant container if you prefer to roll it on like traditional deodorant.

 

Note: Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so if you choose to keep it in an empty deodorant container, make sure you’re keeping it somewhere cool!

 

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