How to make your own eco-friendly, natural deodorant (that actually works!)

Hello, beautiful people! I’m about to bestow upon you the miracle that is coconut deodorant.

If (like me) you’ve tried all the deodorants/antiperspirants out there but none of them seem to cut it, maybe it’s time to try making your own magical armpit goo.

Get excited guys, this stuff’s the bomb and unlike the other deodorants you’ve tried, it actually works! It’s also super simple, cheap and customisable.

 

Ingredients Coconut oil – 1 part

Bicarb soda – 1 part

Essential oil (optional)

Method Measure about half your container’s worth of coconut oil into a bowl. Add roughly the same amount of bi-carb soda and mix thoroughly until the texture is smooth. Add chosen essential oil 1-2 drops at a time, mixing as you go, until desired scent is achieved (smells great without an added scent). Voila! Spoon mixture into glass jar or container of choice and put aside to set (or refrigerate for ½ hour).

How to use

If you have put it in a jar as I suggested, you just get a small amount out with your finger and apply it to your armpit in a circular motion, spreading evenly.

You can also put it into an old deodorant tube if you choose (as it sets solid) and just apply as you would a roll on deodorant.

If you choose to add an essential oil, there are so many options, but really it comes down to what you love. Personally I would add rose or lavender oil, as I love those scents and lavender is quite soothing. Sometimes I add strawberry fragrance oil to change it up. I suggest going to your local health food shop, smelling all the different essential oils on offer, and going with the one that calls to you. Different oils have different properties so it really is a personal choice.

If you shave your armpits and have sensitive skin like me, you could get some irritation. I am no medical professional, but when this happens to me, I avoid use until the irritation has calmed down and begin use again with a smaller amount. Some people may be allergic to bicarb soda. If that’s the case for you, you may want to try a recipe with magnesium instead. I have noticed that I usually get irritation if I apply directly after shaving so I do try to avoid that if possible.

If I have applied my deodorant after my morning shower, it will last me the entire day. I do not re-apply throughout the day & when the evening comes, I’m still pretty fresh.

If you are a super sweaty person (like my boyfriend), you may find that you get white rings on your dark tops. Unfortunately, I don’t have a solution to this problem… Avoid dark tops?

My experience with this deodorant has been nothing short of amazing! Never has another deodorant/antiperspirant even come close to what this stuff can do, and did I mention it is much better for the environment than buying a plastic tube every month that gets thrown in landfill?

Now, I must clarify, this is not an antiperspirant and will not stop you from sweating. It is a deodorant and does just that, de-odours. I personally am happy to let my body do its thing and regulate my body temperature, I’d just rather smell lovely too.

What are the problems with normal, shop bought deodorant?

Animal testing is far too common in the beauty product industry. According to PETA, more than 100,000,000 animals are killed in U.S. labs each year, and most beauty products on our shelves today come from America. However, there is a little light in the darkness. The Australian government are currently working to ban animal testing in Australia with the new scheme coming into effect on 1 July 2018. One awesome thing about making your own products from home is that you know that no animals were harmed or violated in the making of them.

Some research has suggested that the aluminium compounds found in most antiperspirants can cause a change in oestrogen receptors of breast cells. It has also been linked to breast cancer. If that’s not enough to put you off, the environmental impact will be.

Plastic packaging is a massive problem, especially in the beauty product industry. According to National Geographic, 91% of plastic is NOT recycled. Looking at that percentage, you’d think it’s got to be a joke, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. And where does all this plastic end up? It ends up in landfill and in our oceans (if you eat fish, it ends up on your plate). Research by the marine biologists from ‘A Plastic Ocean’ shows that more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, and over 90% of all seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

We as humans need to make a change and it starts with you. Whether this means moving towards living completely waste-free, or a smaller change like switching to a home-made deodorant, there is something we can all do to change our behaviour around plastic and minimise our environmental impact. If you are reading this, you are a special human that cares about the environment and the beings that are fortunate enough to live in it.

Be the change you want to see.