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The Easiest DIY Natural Deodorant Ever!

 When I started making the shift to a more natural lifestyle two years ago, traditional deodorant was one of the first things to get kicked out of my house. Before you go picturing me as a stinky, hairy-armpitted granola lady, hear me out!

It didn’t take much research for me to realize that the deodorants (and specifically the deodorants that are also anit-perpirants) I’d been using weren’t a great choice for my body. You can find oodles of information online with all kinds of fancy medical terms and scientific data to back me up, but here are the top reasons I made this choice, in my own words:

  • Aluminum- used to clog the pores/sweat ducts under your arms to prevent sweating, this ingredient carries a myriad of proven health risks such as promoting the growth of breast tissue (and not in a good way!) and has been linked to cancer. Aluminum is absorbed into the body through the sweat ducts, particularly after shaving the underarms.
  • Formaldehyde- Ummm…I’m serious. The same formaldehyde that we all rail against in cigarettes is a regular ingredient in your deodorant. Need I say more?
  • Parabens- This is a preservative used in many beauty/body products that can build up in breast tissue and mimic estrogen in the body. This is especially true in women because we regularly shave our underarms, which open up the pores/ducts to absorb the products we apply to our armpits.
  •  Fragrances- I used to LOVE a spring-scented armpit, believe me! Until I realized that all that lovely fragrance was just a bunch of chemicals…no thanks!

There are plenty of other compelling reasons to ditch traditional deodorants, but we’ll stick with those. As much as I care about what goes IN my body (via food, medications etc) I have also come to care a lot about what I put ON my body! Skin is the largest organ on our bodies, and what we put on it is absorbed into our bodies!

So, now what?!

Once I learned about the potential dangers of my old deodorant, I started buying “natural” deodorants like Toms of Maine and those bizarre looking salt stones you may have seen in Whole Foods. These worked well enough, and I felt better about my pits. But over time I kept reading and learning, and started running across DIY deodorants. My first response at the thought of making my own deodorant was, “Um, no thanks.” All the tutorials I’d seen involved pouring your various ingredients into plastic molds and something about that seemed way too complicated and messy to me.

Then I read about how my beloved coconut oil was a very effective deodorant…and that got my attention! By now you know that I shout my love of coconut oil from the rooftops (and I’m working on a massive post about all the things I love about it!) and I always have a big jar of it on hand. So, I had nothing to lose (and nothing more to spend)!

I started by keeping a small dish of coconut oil in my bathroom and just rubbing a very small amount (maybe 1/8 tsp) under each armpit everyday. I was paranoid the first several days that I would end up stinking and was sniffing my pits about every 30 minutes…and…NO STINK!

I also found over the course of a few weeks that the skin under my arms became very smooth and soft, and was less tender during/after shaving- BONUS!

Then I took my oiled pits to the gym. I’m not gonna lie, there was some stink after my workout, but it wasn’t any worse than I’d smelled after workouts with my old deodorants. I’ve also read that, over time, the “stink” my body creates will change and be much less stinky as my body is rid of the chemicals/ingredients from the old products!

Then, a few weeks ago, I read that a friend of mine used baking soda under her arms (and, silly me, I had even posted that tip months ago!).

So I started a little routine, first applying the coconut oil, then using a big makeup brush to apply just a bit of baking soda.

This has been a beautiful marriage of stink-busting in my armpits! Except for the days I workout, I can apply this duo and be stink-free for upwards of 48 hours!! Workout days are shower days anyway, so there’s no trouble there.

No need to mix anything up or buy plastic deodorant cases! Now permanently displayed on my  bathroom counter are little dishes of baking soda and coconut oil. I love that these are products I constantly have on hand, so I’m not buying anything extra. I love knowing that these are natural and completely safe ingredients for my body. And I love that I don’t stink! In fact, coconut oil has a lovely, gentle scent that I’ve come to really enjoy when I catch of whiff of my armpits!

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7 Responses to The Easiest DIY Natural Deodorant Ever!

  1. Panya says:

    Do you know if refined/deodorised coconut oil is as healthy/useful? Or if it’s truly free of coconut scent? I hear great things about coconut oil *everywhere* but I hate the smell/taste of coconuts [don’t throw things at me!].

    I stopped using deodorant/antiperspirant a few months ago. I’m lucky that even though I only shower on average once a week [sensitive skin + eczema = dry, irritated itchiness if I shower more], the only time I’ve noticed that I stink is if I have a fever. Besides shaving, the only thing I’ve been doing under my arms is applying lotion when I moisturise everywhere else after my shower. I’ve had to get used to having damp underarms, but the irritation & itching there has virtually disappeared.

    Now that Spring is here I’m hoping to start walking for exercise, and don’t want my new deodorant/antiperspirant-less underarms stinking up the walking path at the park. [Since I’ve never exercised *without* it, I don’t know if I stink then, lol.] I still have a stick of Tom’s to use if I need it, but even that makes me itch a little. Long story short, I’m looking for something else. 🙂

  2. Jenny says:

    If you are sensitive you may be sensitive to the baking soda as well. I know I’ve tried it and can’t use it. Something about the crystals in it can irritate some peoples skin.

    I’ll be happy to give coconut oil a try though. I currently use Tom’s of Maine, which doesn’t work too well.

  3. heather says:

    I use baking soda too!

  4. Vanessa says:

    Very curious! Thanks!

  5. Reader says:

    I recently switch to using the Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal Boxed Crystal Stick. It’s a 100% pure and natural deodorant that does not contain harmful aluminum or parabens. Plus it’s at my Walmart store for just $2.97 and it last up to a year!! That’s literally less than a penny a day! It goes on clear and lasts me all day!

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  7. Melinda Looney says:

    I use the cold, expeller pressed coconut oil for everything! I ordered off Amazon..the price goes up and down. But, I had noticed that at the grocery store, they had something similar, Lou Ana virgin, cold-expeller pressed coconut oil, but it was a little more costly than ordering it. Also, I started using sweet almond oil and castor oil (2 drops of sweet almond to 3 drops of castor for oily-combination skin) to wash my face! YES, I said WASH my face!!! It gets rid of all the gunk, dirt, makeup, everything! You rub the drops together between palms to warm and apply to face in an upward circular motion. Use the hottest water you can stand on a washcloth and apply to face to “steam” open your pores…do this as many times as you would like and then take the cloth and rub the oil into skin and the dirt and grime off. (If you use a white cloth you will see all the dirt! YUCK!) Then use the coldest water you can stand to close your pores back up. I also use the sweet almond oil (only 2 drops) to moisturize my face after washing and then towel dry. Perfection! I had horrible skin. I had developed adult acne and it was driving me crazy. I had scars and dark marks, dry skin, red patches…I wanted to cry, because this had not happened in my teen years, so why now? But, it has cleared right up. I stand behind this 100%! I don’t use any soap on my face at all. And I use the sweet almond oil on my body after showering to moisturize…costs pennies and lasts forever, because it only takes a few drops to do the job that gobs of lotion never did! And I got all of this info from an all natural site while looking for something moisturizing for my hair…without silicone! Silicone is in everything…watch out for it…it will clog your pores and dry your hair out and keep you coming back for more, all the while making you think it is making the problem better, while creating the problem!

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