I’ve wanted to use a more natural deodorant for a while now. Perviously, I had been using Salt of the Earth deodorant for a few months, but gave up on it since it didn’t give me the protection that I wanted. Instead, I decided to try a homemade bicarbonate of soda deodorant, since it has been said that it works wonders, even on the most terrible cases! And, oh boy, was it a good decision. It only took one use for me to say “Yes, this deodorant is for me”. This homemade deodorant has a lovely, light fragrance and keeps me dry throughout the day. What more could you ask for?
It’s really scary reading up on the dangers of antiperspirants. Research suggests that the aluminium in antiperspirants may cause alterations to DNA and may increase your risk of developing cancer, especially breast cancer. It is also said that antiperspirants kill off good underarm bacteria, which isn’t good news because the bacteria that lives naturally on our skin (as well as inside of us) play a necessary role for maintaining good health. There has even been a link to the role of aluminium in developing Alzheimer’s disease. This research does have a lot of debate and is still ambiguous, but, as that saying goes, better safe than sorry!
Now that the gloomy stuff is out the way, let’s move onto the benefits of a homemade deodorant:
- Everything is 100% natural and is completely chemical free.
- Bicarbonate of soda helps control fungus growth and can absorb musty smells, making it the perfect component for deodorant.
- Depending on which essential oils you use, you’ll benefit from their brilliant properties.
I decided to use lavender essential oil for its antibacterial properties. Also, its aroma helps relieve feelings of nervousness, anxiety and depression. I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to benefit from those effects throughout the day! Of course, it’s up to you which essential oils you put in, if any.
- 25g bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 25g arrowroot powder
- 50g coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Stir the bicarbonate of soda and arrowroot powder together in a bowl.
- Add the coconut oil and mash well with a fork, until a smooth paste forms.
- Mix in the essential oil, if using.
- Transfer to a glass jar and you’re done!
To use, scoop up a pea-sized amount for each underam and massage in.
Using too much bicarbonate of soda can cause irritation. If this happens, try half the amount. Another tip: coconut oil melts at 24 °C (76 °F), so, if you live somewhere hot, make sure to store the deodorant in the fridge to prevent it from melting.