I've tried so many deodorant alternatives I can't even count them all. Then I found this one: an easy homemade essential oil deodorant.
It meets all of my expectations:
- It smells good.
- It works — even combating stress-sweat, intense exercise, and hot, humid summer days.
- It’s economical.
- It doesn’t stain my clothing.
- And I feel great about the ingredients!
Conventional deodorants are full of chemicals damaging to our health. Most of us know this already. But, many natural deodorants don't quite do the job. What's a girl (or boy) to do?
The recipe is based on a product I used to buy from a natural health practitioner. The original incorporated 9 different essential oils. Since buying 9 essential oils at once was not in my budget, I started out with what I had on hand and will continue to add to the mix as my essential oil collection grows.
It takes only minutes to make, and it lasts a LONG time since only a tiny amount is needed each day.
Easy Homemade Essential Oil Deodorant
Combine the baking soda and arrowroot in a glass jar.
Add enough glycerin to create a smooth consistency.
Add in essential oils and stir.
Keep a popsicle stick or other small stirring stick in the jar and stir as needed before applying.
Over time, if it seems dry, simply stir in a little more glycerin or water.
To use, swipe a small amount down the center of each armpit.
If you're making enough for a large family, this recipe easily doubles! It is also adaptable. If you are sensitive to baking soda (as some people are), lessen or omit it altogether.
Also, experiment with the essential oils to suit your own needs. If you make a batch and find it too strong, simply add more arrowroot and glycerin to tone it down.
Soon you will have your own made-for-you deodorant!
Which Essential Oils To Use?
There are many essential oils appropriate for deodorant. The ingredients in the original were:
All 9 are full of antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition:
- cypress and geranium are both supposed to be good deodorizers
- clove bud is reported to be an antioxidant and has anti-aging properties
- pink grapefruit tones the skin and helps to remove toxins from the body.
I currently use a mix of lemon, pink grapefruit, cypress, and lavender with excellent results.
Do you make your own deodorant? Do you add essential oils? Which are your favorites?
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