Body odour. It’s something were all familiar with, and very much a topic we try to avoid talking about. It’s become almost a taboo subject.
But today I wanted to bring it out of the shadows and share ways to tackle it naturally. Now, I imagine we’ve all experienced B.O. at some point, maybe after exercising and sweating, and it can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Why Natural Deodorant?
Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet can help in reducing body odour, but it can often still linger. This is where natural deodorant comes into play. Most of us will tend to use conventional deodorants and antiperspirants to help cover up the smell, which do work great, but they come at a price. They’re usually full of additives and chemicals like aluminium and parabens.
I love to reuse old containers I’ve kept from previous products to store my homemade products in (it’s a great way to reduce waste and reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away!)
This is why I chose to find a more natural alternative. One thing I noticed though when switching to a more natural alternative for deodorant was that the pickings were rather slim. I’m not referring to the lack of natural deodorants out there, more the fact that a lot of them don’t work well.
What To Do?
For some, they may think their only options are to sweat like a pig, or slather on the chemical-filled sprays. But thankfully, there is another alternative.
This one takes a little longer than simply going to the store, but it’s a lot healthier, lasts longer, and works really well.
Using plain coconut oil or pure baking soda can work pretty well, so if you don’t have the time to make you’re own, maybe give that a go. However, just a word of warning, some people get a rash from using baking soda, so test it on a small area of skin first before using. I’ve also recently come across a great pre-made natural deodorant that I’ve been using and have had great results with. It’s quite similar to these DIY recipes, smells amazing, and really works!
Before and after the deodorant’s finished setting; to give your deodorant paste a more creamy/buttery texture, add more shea butter, and to make it thicker, add more arrowroot powder
How To Make Your Own Natural Deodorant
Both of these recipes work really well. The first recipe is a little softer, but if you don’t have shea butter on hand, the second recipe works just as well and contains fewer ingredients. What’s great about these recipes is you can customise them to your preferred scents using essential oils, or you can leave them out for an unscented version.
Not Interested In DIY?
If you’re looking for a pre-made alternative that smells amazing, I’d recommend this handmade one from Paudha Healing.
Shea Butter Deodorant
The following recipes I found from Wellness Mama. Feel free to adjust the quantities; adding more shea butter will give the deodorant more of a soft, creamy, buttery texture. Adding more arrowroot powder can help to thicken up the mix, making it more of a thick cream/paste texture.
- Combine the shea butter and coconut oil in a quart size glass mason jar and place this in a small saucepan of water over medium heat until melted.
- Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot powder. Mix well.
- Add essential oils (if using) and pour into a glass container for storage. It doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge. Note: It can take several hours to completely harden. If you want to speed up the process, leave it in the fridge until completely set.
For a live run-through of how I made this deodorant (step-by-step, from start to finish), see my video tutorial below!
If you don’t have all the ingredients with you, or don’t have as much time to prepare it, this recipe may suit you better.
Coconut Oil Deodorant
- In a medium size bowl, mix together the baking soda and arrowroot.
- With a fork, mash in the coconut until well mixed.
- Add essential oils if using.
- Store in a small glass mason jar or old deodorant container.
Citrus Blend Natural Deodorant
This recipe is from yours truly. After using Paudha Healing‘s natural citrus blend deodorant for a number of years, I wanted to try and recreate it, basing the recipe off the ingredients listed on the back of the container. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, however the texture was a bit off (it wasn’t as soft and buttery as the original), so I recommend adding a little more shea butter and arrowroot powder to achieve the consistency. If your skin reacts to bicarb, feel free to omit this ingredient from the recipe (I like using it as it’s wonderful for eliminating odour). I also used a blend of orange, lemon and grapefruit essential oils to achieve the sweet smelling citrus blend fragrance (a little different from the essential oils used in the original Paudha Healing deodorant).
I keep my deodorant stored in my cupboard in my bathroom, but if the climate where you live is warmer and very humid, you may prefer to keep it in the fridge. It’s up to you. It shouldn’t become runny or anything, however, if the consistency of the deodorant starts to thin, it may be a good idea to add more shea butter and arrowroot powder next time, to ensure it remains a thick paste.
- 1/2-1 cup shea butter
- 1/2-1 cup coconut butter OR cacao butter (optional)
- 1/4-1/2 cup arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp baking soda
- 10-20 drops orange essential oil (optional)
- 10-20 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
- 10-20 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)
- Combine shea butter, coconut or cacao butter and coconut oil in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of boiling water (creating a kind of double broiler). The saucepan should be sitting over medium heat. Stir continually throughout until melted.
- Remove from heat and add arrowroot powder and baking soda. Mix well until all the clumps are gone and the mix is smooth (it should have slightly thickened).
- Add essential oils (if using) and pour into a glass container or storage. It doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge once set. Something to note: it can take several hours to completely harden if left at room temperature, so if you want to speed up the process, leave it in the fridge until completely set.
Citrus blend natural deodorant tutorial!
Why Use natural Deodorant?
I started this pursuit to avoid nasty additives in regular deodorant, and it’s been one of the best choices I’ve made! I’ve had to use regular deodorant a few times since I’ve started using the natural ones, and they just don’t work as well. Although it’s not antiperspirant, it does seem to absorb moisture well.
If you find the transition over to using a natural deodorant challenging (e.g. you start sweating more, your skin gets irritated, etc.), it might be helpful to try an armpit detox!
I highly recommend having a go at making your own deodorant. Even if you aren’t fazed by the ingredients in your own deo, it can still be better knowing you aren’t putting anything on your skin that can be harmful. If you do try it, let me know how it goes for you!
If you don’t wish to make your own, this is a pre-made natural one I use.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Have you used natural deodorant before? Have you made your own?! Share your experience below! We’d love hear!
Lots of love,
Wells, Katie. (November 21, 2018). How to Make Natural Deodorant. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/1523/natural-deodorant/
Hansard, Jen. Homemade Deodorant That Really Works. Simple Green Smoothies. Retrieved from https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-beauty/homemade-deodorant
Jensen, Ashleigh. (May 20, 2017). 4 Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipes That Work!. Food Matters. Retrieved from https://www.foodmatters.com/article/4-homemade-natural-deodorant-recipes-that-work