DIY Natural Spray Deodorant (That Actually Works!)

This homemade natural spray-on deodorant:

  • Won’t stain clothes
  • Contains NO baking soda
  • Causes no itch or redness

And really works!

My go-to homemade natural deodorant recipe is a few years old now, and it’s one I still use today, however, some people don’t react well to the baking soda, and were asking 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 deodorants 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!

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 actually worked!

Enter these two spray-on deodorant recipes.

So what’s used instead of oil in this recipe? The secret ingredient is…. magnesium oil!!

Fun fact: magnesium oil doesn’t contain any actual oil, so won’t leave stains. It can be incredibly effective at preventing underarm odour, plus you get a nice healthy boost of magnesium along with it.

You can choose to make magnesium oil yourself, or buy a ready-made version.

Before we get started in learning how to make these all-natural spray deodorants – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Using a dark mister bottle means the essential oils are better protected, so will last longer and keep the deodorant fragrant for longer.

If you make these spray-on deodorants, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Magnesium Oil & Witch Hazel Spray Deodorant

If switching from a conventional deodorant to a natural deodorant, an armpit detox can help with the transition period, especially if you find you’re sweating a lot more and have more odour. When it comes to essential oils, you don’t have to use a combination of oils, tea tree oil can work just fine.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Make magnesium oil if using homemade magnesium oil.
  2. Pour all ingredients into glass spray bottle and shake well.

To use:

  1. 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.

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 is not enough. So, for those who find it ineffective, here’s another, much stronger, natural deodorant spray using ethanol alcohol – like vodka, gin, etc. NOT isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol because it can be toxic when used for long periods of time – that is very effective.

DIY Alcohol-Based Spray Deodorant

You can adjust this recipe to suit your desired odour protection needs. Lower proof alcohol = lighter coverage, while higher proof alcohol = more odor protection.

Here is a quick guide for specific protection:

  • 70-90 proof = light coverage
  • 90-120 proof = medium coverage
  • 120+ proof = strong coverage

It may take some time for your armpits to adjust to using a natural deodorant. An armpit detox can help with the transition period, especially if you find you’re sweating a lot more and have more odour. For essential oils, you don’t have to use a combination of oils, tea tree oil can work just fine.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in glass spray bottle and shake well. Use within 2-3 months.

To use:

  1. 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.
Make sure to check the alcohol proof to make sure it’s the strength you want. They higher the proof, the stronger the deodorant.

DIY natural deodorant spray tutorial

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.

Have you used a natural deodorant before? Have you made your own in the past? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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