Many people have a skin sensitivity when it comes to deodorant and antiperspirants, or are just plain concerned about the chemicals that make up these common daily necessities. If you have constant itchy dry skin from your daily antiperspirant or deodorant, or your underarm protection is actually making your B.O. worse (some people’s sweat reacts negatively to the chemical properties of antiperspirants and deodorants) or you just would like to try a natural underarm deodorant, try these cheap quick and easy recipes below!
Cornstarch, baking soda and coconut oil are a great combination to combat underarm odor, wetness and irritation from shaving or chafing. Each ingredient has its own job- the baking soda neutralizes odor and kills the odor causing bacteria in your armpits, the cornstarch absorbs odor so you don’t have pit stains, and the coconut oil (common in any grocery store in the cooking aisle) holds the whole concoction together and provides vitamins and moisturizing to your armpits for pretty, less irritated skin.
To make your own deodorant (an antiperspirant too, really) you simply combine 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 baking soda, and add about 4 to 6 tablespoons of coconut oil until everything is blended but not runny. Place in the refrigerator to “set” for about an hour or so (it will melt if it’s over 76 degrees) and remove from the fridge and scoop the mixture into an empty deodorant container. It will roll up and apply to your underarms just like regular antiperspirant without leaving white marks or balls of deodorant on your armpits.
To make your deodorant more customized, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like vanilla or citrus. The deodorant on its own will have a light coconut scent that is pleasant.
Make sure to store in a cool area, as your home-made deodorant will melt if it’s over 76 degrees. Just remember you put it in the fridge.
This deodorant is excellent for people with sensitive skin, nursing mothers who are afraid of transferring chemicals to her baby, or for people with mild or average sweating who just want to make their own deodorant.
You can make your own spray deodorant as well with 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup water, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent and moisturization. Shake well and have in a spray bottle for when you need it. Transparent, effective, and won’t stain clothes. This deodorant and anti-perspirant is very strong and should repel even heavy sweating (major antiperspirants have 18% or more alcohol in them) and works well for people with sensitive skin.
For a rub-on deodorant lotion that works great and smells yummy and absorbs well into the skin (my favorite, as it doesn’t leave cakey residue) try this recipe, which I love- take 3 tablespoons Shea butter, 3 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons cocoa butter (mmm) a 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil, and your favorite essential oil. Mix them all together well (add essential oils as you like, I prefer a vanilla musk) until you get a lotion. Cool in the fridge for an hour to let it set and then you can keep it in a lotion jar to rub under your armpits or you can empty it into an empty deodorant container and it will adhere to the container and twist up like a regular deodorant. This is my absolute favorite antiperspirant recipe as it contains all the healthy oils for absorption and smooth, non-irritated skin while providing excellent relief from odor and wetness. All 3 are easy to make (the spray deodorant is awesome in a pinch and works great for heavy sweaters- I will advise also rubbing a lotion in the pits too tho as it can be a bit irritating, I use Aloe) and all are effective from mild sweating to massive sweating in prevention.
So the next time you’re in the deodorant aisle, stop. Why don’t you try making your own concoction for underarm protection for free?