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DIY Deodorant – it’s AMAZING!

The big stink about deodorants

Antiperspirants really work! You can slather those suckers on and rest assured that you’ll be coming up roses no matter what. The chemical composition of the antiperspirants however, do have some rather unfortunate consequences. Researchers at Reading University discovered a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer because antiperspirant chemicals such as as zirconium and aluminium are absorbed through the pores. Zinc has also been linked to the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

So chemical antiperspirants may not be the best idea, but short of dousing yourself in patchouli, what choices do you have?  Well you’ll be pleased to know that you can make your very own deodorant in 5 minutes flat using items you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.

Baking Soda Free Recipe

Some sensitive skins may not like baking soda, so try this amazing recipe instead.

What you need

  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Shea Butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. Beeswax
  • 5 Drops Vitamin E Oil
  • 8 Drops Lavender Oil
  • 4 Drops Sage Oil

In a double boiler (or a bowl in a pot of water) melt beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin e. When blended and melted, remove from heat. Allow to cool and add essential oils. Place in an empty deodorant or plastic container.

Vitamin E is perfect for your skin, but not all the hype is true. Find the “facts” and how to choose the best vitamin E oil in this excellent article.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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25 thoughts on “DIY Deodorant – it’s AMAZING!

  1. Patty

    Thank you for the great recipe. I will have to gather the ingredients and try to make my own. I would like to share an excellent all natural, aluminum free deodorant. I’ve tried the salt crystal, Tom’s, etc.. but they seem to work only for so long. However, I have experienced nothing but success with Natural. After wearing this deodorant all day, and completing my 5 mile run before dinner, there is still NO! stink or stains on my clothes. I love it.

  2. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

    Sounds good Patty. We are just thrilled to hear about any products that promote green living. Making your own deodorant is cheap and easy, but if you don’t have time, then finding a commercial alternative that contains natural ingredients is the next best thing!

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  4. Urooj

    I love it!! I am going to try this tomorrow. I just have one question, how long before it goes bad? And what can I do to prevent that? I read somewhere that I can add vit E to prevent it, will it work?

  5. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

    You can definitely add vitamin E to improve the moisturizing quality of the deodorant, but it doesn’t really go off, especially if you keep it in the fridge.

  6. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

    Baking soda is made from baking soda (a base), cream of tartar (an acid) and corn starch (the filler). This means that you can use it in the recipe, but continued use over a number of weeks can cause a rash due to the increased acidity from the cream of tartar. This only happens with some people, so give it a try! Good luck

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  11. Liz

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I just made my own. As you said, really easy to do! Thanks again!

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  13. Ramsay

    Wow, this seems like it could actually work. Years ago I tried some other natural deodorants that did NOT work and people Noticed it did not-how embarrassing.

    It’s amazing how many things coconut oil is used in these days.

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  16. New England Flybaby

    Hi, Can I substitute a different essential oil instead of lavender? I am probably the only person on the planet who doesn’t care for the smell of lavender…😊

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