For the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with making my own deodorants at home. I will talk about the reasons why I don’t use regular deodorants and antiperspirants in another post, but for now I just want to share this awesome homemade deodorant recipe.
I met Alejandra Graf, creatress of the Mexican vegan food blog Piloncillo & Vainilla, at a bloggers conference in February. We immediately hit it off, as we realized how many things we had in common. Not only is she a vegan, and deeply passionate about nutrition, she also has a completely natural & healthy lifestyle similar to mine.
I don’t know how we ended up talking about deodorants so quickly, but we did, and when she told me about her “special” preparation I of course asked for the recipe. She emailed it a few days later, warning me that it would take some time for my body to get used to it (i.e. I would smell for a while). She was right. I did smell for a few weeks, but nothing that a little extra hygiene couldn’t solve. And as I know the value of waiting for the things that are worth the wait, I patiently kept applying this homemade deodorant each day.
I would say it took about a month for my body to get used to it, and and once it did it worked really well. Every body is different though, so it could take you less than that. Using this deodorant will keep you from smelling, not from sweating. But in case you didn’t know it, sweating is WONDERFUL for your health! Your body is meant to sweat, and does this to cool off when it’s too hot, and to get rid of toxins. Blocking this natural process is not something to be happy or proud about. You are doing your body a great disservice.
What I like the most about this recipe is its delicious smell (Alejandra recommended using peppermint oil, but I used lavender oil instead, which I love and is very relaxing). I also really like how easy it is to apply. It has a creamy consistency, so you just have to dip your fingers in it, and softly rub it against your armpits.
*After applying it, wait for a while before putting your shirt on. It’s better if the deodorant has been completely absorbed by your skin and your armpits are dry. If you’re in a rush and can’t wait, however, it’s not the end of the world to put your clothes on when it still hasn’t dried.
*If the weather is warm, the mixture can become more liquid, and the oil may accumulate at the top of the jar. In this case, just mix with a spoon or knife before using it.
Wishing you health and happiness,
|DIY Natural Deodorant|| |
- 3½ tablespoons coconut oil
- 2½ tablespoons shea butter
- 6 tablespoons arrowroot flour
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 15 drop peppermint, lemongrass, or lavender oil
- Melt the coconut oi and shea butter in a pan, and then mix this with all the other ingredients in a bowl. Stir until all the ingredients are perfectly incorporated and you have a smooth cream.
- Transfer to a small, sealed container (an altoids box, for example). - I used an empty glass thyme container.
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