DIY Natural Deodorant

There’s nothing like spending a nice, hot day on the beach. The sun is bouncing off the waves, there’s a slight breeze blowing off the water and you’ve got a tall glass of iced tea at your side. Total. Summer. Bliss.

Total. Summer. Bliss.

Let’s face it, though, hot summer days aren’t totally glamorous. Sweat happens.

While many deodorants and antiperspirants do their job of keeping underarm sweat and foul smells at bay, they’re not always the best things to be putting on your skin.

We’d also like to point out that deodorants and antiperspirants are two different things. Deodorant works to neutralize the smell of your sweat while antiperspirants usually block pores to prevent sweating from occurring. Antiperspirants usually have deodorants in them too.

Unfortunately, most deodorants and antiperspirants have parabens, aluminum, triclosan, phthalates and synthetic fragrances in them. These aren’t great things to be putting onto your body for a number of reasons, according to a feature done by TIME.

Making things trickier is the fact that most natural deodorants that you can get at the health food store simply don’t work that well. Nothing more upsetting than a deodorant that makes you smell worse.

The good news is, it’s surprisingly easy to make your own deodorant that not only works but is also packed full of ingredients that can actually bring you other benefits other than simply smelling better on those hot sweaty days (or the chilly ones). Amazingly, this natural deodorant even keeps you dry!

How to make your own deodorant

It’s easy and it really works!

To start, gather up all your materials. You will need a mold for the deodorant pucks, a small pot, a stir stick, a spoon and a tin for storing the finished product.

You’ll also need your ingredients: 3 tbsp organic shea butter, 2 tbsp organic cocoa butter, 3 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp cornstarch, an essential oil (or oils) of your choice for scent and 2 tsp coriander seed oil.

It’s starting to smell great in here already!

First, you’re going to have to melt down the solids. Place the cocoa butter in the pot over low heat. Since cocoa butter isn’t as soft as shea butter, we like to let it melt first. You may use a spoon to mix and move the process along if you’d like.

Once the cocoa butter is nearly melted, add the shea butter. You’ll find it will melt much more quickly.Stir until the

Stir until the butters are completely melted and mixed together.

Remove from heat by pouring into a separate bowl. Y

Add the baking soda and cornstarch to the melted butters.

Whisk to blend completely. You want a smooth blend. Who wants chunky deodorant? We certainly don’t.

Pour your mixture into a mold. If you don’t have one, silicone muffin tins should do the trick. You can get molds like this one from soap-making supplies companies online. Try to keep the edges of the deodorant mold clean — it will make it easier to remove the pucks later.

Add coriander oil to the mold. Coriander oil keeps your deodorant soft so that it won’t crumble while adding an antibacterial edge.

Now, you can add the essential oil(s) of your choice to the mix. We used a combination of orange and sandalwood, which smelled great. In terms of how much essential oils to use, it’s up to you.

Remember, the mix will be more fragrant before it cools, so make sure you add enough that it will smell just as good once solid.

Use a stir stick to incorporate the coriander and essential oils and stir every few minutes for about 15 minutes to prevent separation. You want the ingredients to be thoroughly combined throughout the whole puck.

Keep smelling it as you go — you can continue to add more essential oils as it hardens and you start to get a sense of how strong the finished product will be. You need a lot for a really fragrant deodorant.

Let sit until hard. You can put it in the fridge if you want it to harden quickly.

Finally, pop the puck out of the mold and it’s ready to use! Just rub it on your underarms as you would any other deodorant.

Store in a tin or similar container in your bathroom.

Note: This deodorant is great to keep in the bathroom, but not so great to take on, say, camping trips. This product has been known to melt if kept in a hot car or tent.

It should also be noted that if you suffer from very sensitive or dry skin, you should moisturize before using it. While our blend does have moisturizing butters in it, it can cause redness and dryness in some cases. Fortunately, a little natural lotion before application prevents this problem.

Feel free to make a double or triple batch — this product keeps well in either the fridge or the freezer until you are ready to use it.

A few benefits of the ingredients

  • Cocoa Butter Cocoa butter is a great deodorant base because it’s great for your skin. It helps prevent dryness by keeping your skin hydrated. It has also been known to help with rashes, which can be helpful if you end up with a sweat or heat rash. In a deodorant, it works well because it keeps the puck firm so you can rub it on as a solid.
  • Shea ButterShea butter is extremely moisturizing, like cocoa butter, but has a bit of a different consistency which makes it a great pairing for this deodorant blend. It also has been known to help with inflammation and soothe skin problems, like blemishes or eczema, which can be helpful.
  • Baking Soda Baking soda is a natural deodorant on its own, helping to neutralize any unwanted smells (just like in your fridge!). It also helps relieve minor skin irritations and acts as a cleanser, leaving your skin feeling pretty clean. This ingredient is one of the reasons our blend works as both a deodorant and an antiperspirant.
  • Cornstarch. When it comes to deodorant, the biggest benefit of cornstarch is that it’s what helps keep you dry. Working with the baking soda in the blend, cornstarch is the second ingredient that helps this blend work as an antiperspirant. It also, to some extent, helps to bind the mixture together.
  • Essential Oils. This is really just for scent. Adding a fresh-smelling essential oil to the mix will keep you smelling great all day long. Different oils do have different health benefits, too, though. Choose whatever scent floats your boat.
  • Coriander Oil: Coriander oil will help to soften the finished product so that it doesn’t crumble when you use it. In terms of your health, coriander is great for your skin and can even help eliminate body odor. The antimicrobial properties of the volatile compounds in coriander oil don’t just mask odors, they actually wipe out the bacteria that cause them. That’s not all coriander oil is good for, though! Check out our Top 20 Benefits of Coriander & Cilantro or Coriander Seed Oil Benefits blog posts.
DIY Deo:

Makes 1 deodorant puck (depending on the size of your mold).

3 tbsp organic shea butter

2 tbsp organic cocoa butter

3 tbsp baking soda

2 tbsp cornstarch

Essential oil for scent

2 tsp Perfect Press® Coriander Oil

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