When it comes to deodorant, I’ve tried it all. Or, at least it feels like I have.
I’ve tried “normal” deodorant and antiperspirant, clinical strength antiperspirant, store-bought natural deodorant, homemade sensitive deodorant (no baking soda), 170 proof alcohol mixed with essential oils, witch hazel mixed with essential oils, layering essential oils/coconut oil/arrowroot powder/baking soda every day (not pre-made), etc, etc…
What did all of this lead me to understand?
- I’m definitely incapable of using chemical-laden deodorant or antiperspirant now that I’ve switched to natural. My body has detoxed all those chemicals and so I literally stink when I try to use something from the store such as Secret (even the clinical strength kind). Plus, now that I’m pregnant I definitely do not want to use anything with chemicals in it.
- I’m definitely sensitive to baking soda.
- But, I definitely can’t go without baking soda (although I liked the sensitive deodorant recipe for awhile, I eventually started stinking with that, too.
- Lavender and Melaleuca are my go-to essential oils.
- You should NEVER put Peppermint essential oil on your underarms (it burns like craaaaaazy).
- Pre-made is the way to go. Making it every morning by applying each ingredient in layers is super annoying and time-consuming.
- Although alcohol- or witch hazel-based deodorants do work to kill the bacteria under my arms, it does not last the whole day. It’s just not enough.
- You can definitely go overboard with application and coconut oil can melt down your side and/or stain your clothes. That’s a lose-lose, if you ask me.
I’ve been through the ringer and it hasn’t been easy.
But, I believe I have finally found the answer!
I discovered that I need to start with something that kills the bacteria (alcohol or witch hazel) and then I need to apply a strategically created pre-made deodorant that does include baking soda. However, I need to use that deodorant sparingly so as to not cause skin irritation and to not stain my clothes.
You ready for this?
Here’s how it goes:
- I apply a couple squirts of witch hazel to an organic cotton pad and then rub the pad on each underarm. You could also spray witch hazel, I just happen to have a ton of these pads so I’m using what’s available ;-).
- After a few minutes of dry time, I apply a couple swipes of my homemade deodorant (see below) to each underarm. I make sure to do this at least 10 minutes before I’m getting dressed to let the coconut oil really soak in to my skin.
- That’s it, I’m out the door!
Want to know how to make this homemade deodorant for sensitive skin, that still uses baking soda?
- 10 tbsp. coconut oil (buy the best kind here)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (buy the best kind here)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (buy the best kind here)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (my brand of choice)
- 10 drops melaleuca essential oil (my brand of choice)
- Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or in a glass container sitting in a pot of simmering water.
- If on the stove, remove from heat and stir in the baking soda and arrowroot powder.
- Wait until the mixture has cooled slightly (so as to not take away benefits of the essential oils) – about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into empty deodorant containers, either using old, cleaned deodorant containers or brand-new, clean deodorant containers like these here: deodorant containers.
- Let harden before use.
- NOTE: This deodorant may melt if you live in an area with high temperatures. I like to keep mine in the fridge because it keeps it solid and it cools down any irritations on my underarms from shaving.
Let’s talk essential oils.
I only use one specific brand and I have a variety of reasons for why, including the purity and potency. Make sure that you are using essential oils that are truly good for your skin, and not something potentially tainted by other ingredients. Are you interested in using the best quality essential oils? Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info – I’d love to share about my favorite brand!
Remember that these products have not been tested or approved by the FDA. Any essential oil product, recipe or protocol suggested here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.