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.
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!
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
- 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 jar or old deodorant 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, place it in the fridge for a few minutes.
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.
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.
I urge you to have 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 weren’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.
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Have you ever used natural deoderant before? Have you ever made your own?! Share below!
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