This homemade natural spray-on deodorant:
- won’t stain clothes
- contains NO baking soda
- causes no itch or redness
My go-to homemade natural deodorant recipe is a few years old now, and it is one I still use today as it’s really effective, however some people don’t react well to the baking soda, and were looking for another option.
For some people, baking soda gives them an itchy, red rash when used on their underarms. The reason it’s widely used in natural deodorant recipes is due to its fantastic ability to to absorb odours, but some people just aren’t able to tolerate it, which is totally fine, because there are so many other alternatives out there! (like this recipe 😉 )
Now, one common complaint with oil-based recipes is that they can stain clothing if you don’t wait for it to dry before getting dressed. This isn’t very practical, especially for that early morning rush to work. So, I went looking for a quick-dry alternative that wasn’t oil based, didn’t contain baking soda and that actually worked!
Queue this recipe I discovered from Wellness Mama (she constantly has the goods 😉 ). Now, I’ve tried and tested it out myself to make sure and it really does the job! I still love the my original citrus deodorant recipe, and sometimes will switch between both just for a change. I’ve found them both to be equally effective, even when sweating it out at the gym (though I’ll usually come home, have a shower and reapply more on after).
So what’s used instead of oil in this recipe? Glad you asked. The secret ingredient is…. magnesium oil!!
Fun fact: magnesium oil doesn’t contain any actual oil (though it does feel oily), so won’t leave stains, and is used because it’s incredibly effective at preventing underarm odour, plus you get a nice healthy boost of magnesium!
You can choose to make magnesium oil yourself (this is the recipe I use), OR buy a ready-made version.
Note: some people may experience a tingling sensation when they first start using magnesium oil. This is quite normal, especially for those who are low in magnesium, and it should fade in a couple of days.
Tip: to make it even more effective, mix 3/4 cup water with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and apply to underarms after showering, then let dry before applying this spray deodorant. This just helps to remove any natural bacteria found on your underarms and helps this deodorant to last longer.
Spray Deodorant Recipe
A natural deodorant spray that won’t stain clothes, contains NO baking soda, and causes no itchiness or redness.
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) magnesium oil
- 10-15 drops of favourite essential oils or use a mixture
- 4 ounce or larger glass spray bottle (to keep deodorant spray in)
- Make magnesium oil if using homemade magnesium oil (if using store-bought, skip this step).
- Pour into glass spray bottle and add any essential oils of choice.
- To use: spray small amount on underarms and rub in gently. Let dry for about 5 seconds.
Note: Stinging/tingling sensation can sometimes occur if used right after shaving or if you are low in magnesium. This should subside after a few days use.
Now, for some this magnesium oil deodorant spray recipe is just not enough (I’ve read a few articles by others saying they found it to be unhelpful). So, for those who have tried magnesium deodorant spray and found it ineffective, here is another natural deodorant spray recipe using ethanol alcohol (like vodka, gin, etc. NOT isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol because it can be toxic when used for long periods of time) that has been praised by many to be very effective.
All Natural Deodorant Spray Recipe That Actually Works!
You can adjust this recipe to suit your desired odour protection needs. Lower proof alcohol = lighter coverage (odour protection), while higher proof alcohol = more odor protection.
If a bottle doesn’t specify the “proof”, you can figure it out from the percentage of alcohol on the bottle. A rough rule of thumb is to double the %Alc/Vol to work out the proof. So, for example, if a vodka is 40% ALC/VOL it is 80 Proof Vodka.
Here is a sliding scale for specific protection:
- 70-90 proof = light coverage
- 90-120 proof = medium coverage
- 120+ proof = strong coverage
Allow your underarms to adjust for 3 days.
It may take some time for your armpits to adjust to using a different deodorant (especially if going from a commercial one to a natural one – an armpit detox may help with this!). According to Halle Cottis from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition, it took her about 3 days to adjust to this deodorant:
On the first day: She recommends spraying 2-3 spritzes under each arm. She spritzed her underarms in the morning and then again around 3 PM on the first day.
On the second day: She sprayed 2 spritzes under each arm in the morning and then again right before she went to bed.
Then, on the third day: She sprayed her underarms with 2 spritzes each and went the entire day/and night without needing to add any more deodorant on.
Here’s how to make it:
- 2 tbsp gluten-free vodka (Follow the different “proof” options to pick desired odour protection: 70-90 proof = light coverage; 90-120 proof = medium coverage; 120+ proof = strong coverage)
- 2 tbsp distilled water (optional)
- Essential oils of choice (recommended combo: 2 drops rose absolute oil, 2 drops jasmine essential oil, 2 drops sweet orange essential oil, 1 drop lavender essential oil, OR can simply use a few drops of tea tree oil)
- 2-ounce dark mister bottle
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small, dark coloured bottle. Shake to combine all ingredients.
- To use: Shake well before each use. Give each underarm 2-3 spritzes and let them air dry. Apply again after exercising or heavy exertion, if desired.
Note: feel free to use any essential oils you like for this. While they my not smell as fragrant, antibacterial oils like cinnamon, tea tree and oregano can help keep B.O. at bay. It’s recommended to use 10 drops essential oil per 1 oz. alcohol – but you don’t have to stick to that guide (you can use less if you like).
Use within 2-3 months.
Natural deodorant spray tutorial
Have you used a natural deodorant before? Have you made your own in the past? Share your experience below! We’d love hear!
Lots of love,
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Cottis, Halle. Finally An All Natural Deodorant Recipe That Actually Works!. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. Retrieved from https://wholelifestylenutrition.com/natural-solutions/all-natural-deodorant-recipe/
Gerber, Stephanie. (Updated: March 27, 2020). Make a Homemade Deodorant Spray (That Really Works!). Hello Glow. Retrieved from https://helloglow.co/diy-deodorant-spray/
Jabs, Matt. Simple and Effective Homemade Deodorant Spray. DIY Natural. Retrieved from https://www.diynatural.com/natural-homemade-deodorant/