DIY Natural Deodorant (That Actually Works!)

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.

Now, unpleasant body odour can actually be a symptom of liver toxicity. Not always, it’s just something to be mindful about. According to Marla Pietruszko HD BSc RHN;

Liver toxicity is experienced to some degree by almost every person today in our modern world.

If you suffer from:

  • skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Anxiety and/or fatigue
  • Poor digestion
  • Cellulite
  • Hormonal imbalance (hair loss, PMS, irregular cycles, spotting, etc.)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Premature aging (greying, wrinkles, etc.)
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Dysbiosis
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Poor methylation
  • Oily skin or dry skin
  • Bad body odour
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Mood swings/irritability
  • Feeling sluggish

These can be signs of liver toxicity.

Marla goes on to say that;

If you answered “yes” to:

1 of the symptoms – your liver could use some gentle cleansing.

2-3 of the symptoms – your liver is overburdened and needs to cleanse for several months.

4 or more of the symptoms – your liver is extremely congested/blocked and needs immediate cleansing and nutritional support to de-congest.

Your liver and kidneys filter EVERYTHING that goes into your body. So, when we’re stressed, eating bad foods (or foods laden with glyphosate), drinking alcohol, taking medications that stress our liver (like Accutane) Biologics, and others and eating food , our poor liver has a hard time keeping up with the constant flow of toxicity entering our systems.

Marla has worked with hundreds of clients to help them with healing their liver, so if this is you, you can DM her on Instagram, or go to her website to inquire further on how you can help de-congest your liver.

In the meantime, you can reduce your chemical exposure by switching to a natural deodorant!

Why Natural Deodorant?

While drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet can help in reducing body odour, it can still often linger. This is where natural deodorant comes in handy. Most of us tend to use conventional deodorants and antiperspirants to help cover up the smell, which do work well, but come at a price. They’re usually full of additives and chemicals like aluminium and parabens.

If you find the transition to using a natural deodorant challenging (e.g. you start to sweat more, your skin gets irritated, etc.), it might be helpful to try an armpit detox!

I love to reuse old containers I’ve kept from previous products to store my homemade deodorants and DIY products in (it’s a great way to reduce waste and reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away!). I love both the clear and opaque glass containers; it’s nice to be able to see the product within, but having opaque glass containers on hand means that you have the option to store more light-sensitive items inside like essential oils, perfume, and things like that.

My big reason for switching over to a natural deodorant was to avoid these unnecessary chemicals. One thing I did notice though when switching, 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 either: 1) sweat like a pig, or 2) slather on the chemical-filled sprays. But I’m here to share an alternative!

This one takes a little longer than simply lathering on those conventional sprays, but it’s a lot healthier, lasts longer, and works really well.

Note: Using plain coconut oil or pure baking soda can work pretty well, too, so if you don’t have the time to make you’re own, maybe try that. However, just a word of warning; some people get a rash from using baking soda, so test a small amount on a tiny area of skin first before using. When I don’t have the time to make my own, this is the fantastic pre-made natural deodorant I use and have great results with. It’s quite similar to these DIY recipes, smells amazing, and really works!

The citrus blend natural deodorant (before and after it’s finished setting).

How To Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

Both of these recipes work really well. The first recipe is a little softer, while the second has a delicious citrusy scent. What’s great about these recipes is you can customise them to your preferred textures, strengths, and scents by experimenting with the quanities, and changing up the essential oils used.

Note: If you’re looking for a pre-made alternative that really works, I’d recommend this handmade one from Paudha Healing.

Shea Butter Natural Deodorant

If looking to adjust the quantities; adding more shea butter will make the deodorant firmer, while adding more arrowroot powder can help to thicken up the mix, making it more of a thick cream/paste texture.  

This is the shea butter deodorant; as you can see it’s lighter in colour compared to the citrus one, and a little more thin in consistency. To make it thicker, add more arrowroot powder, and to make it firmer, add more shea butter.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Combine shea butter and coconut oil in a small glass jar and place this in a small saucepan of water over medium heat until melted (stirring occasionally).
  2. While melting, mix together baking soda and arrowroot powder in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Remove shea and coconut solution from heat and add to the bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add essential oils and pour into an air-tight glass jar 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.
  5. This homemade deodorant will last around 3-6 months in an airtight container. Note: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cooler climates, it can be pretty hard to get out. If that’s the case, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warmer climate, the deodorant may become too liquid-y. If this happens, store it in a cool cupboard to thicken it up.

Natural shea butter deodorant tutorial

Citrus Blend Natural Deodorant

After using Paudha Healing‘s natural citrus blend deodorant for a number of years now, 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 right consistency. If your skin reacts to bicarb, omit this ingredient from the recipe (I like using it as it’s great 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. However, if the climate where you live is warm and very humid, you may prefer to keep it in the fridge. It’s up to you. It shouldn’t become runny or anything, it may just thin a little. In cooler climates, it can be pretty hard to get out. If that’s the case, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsp organic shea butter
  • 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 tbsp unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 10-20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10-20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10-20 drops grapefruit essential oil

To make:

  1. Combine shea butter and coconut oil in a small glass jar and place this in a small saucepan of water over medium heat until melted (stirring occasionally).
  2. While melting, mix together baking soda and arrowroot powder in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Remove shea and coconut solution from heat and add to the bowl. Mix well until all the clumps are gone and the mixture is smooth (it should have slightly thickened).
  4. Add essential oils and pour into an air-tight glass jar 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.
  5. This homemade deodorant will last around 3-6 months in an airtight container. Note: This deodorant may change consistency depending on the temperature. In cooler climates, it can be pretty hard to get out. If that’s the case, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warmer climate, the deodorant may become a little liquid-y. If this happens, store it in a cool cupboard to thicken it up.

Citrus blend natural deodorant tutorial

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. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.

Have you used natural deodorant before? Have you made your own?! Share your experience below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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