Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

I've been getting quite into this coconut oil malarkey lately - smearing it on my face as a cleanser and moisturiser, adding it into cakes in place of butter...and now using it in home-made, natural deodorant. 

Good quality, cold-pressed (virgin) coconut oil has a whole host of health benefits attached to it, which make it great to use both as a natural beauty product and in cooking and baking. Here, coconut oil adds a lovely moisturising quality to this home-made deodorant, while bicarb and corn flour help to absorb odours. The tea tree oil has antibacterial properties (as does the coconut oil) as well as adding a subtle fresh scent.

Does it work? I was sceptical, but very pleased to say that - for me - yes it does! Application was a little tricky at first, but once I got the hang of it using this deodorant was easy (a couple of swipes seems to be about right, with a bit of smushing-arm-down action if needed to blend it in).

I've honestly not found this to be any less effective than the Dove roll-on deodorant I was using before, and I even got a smell test confirmation from the boyf (only slightly against his will). One downside I have noticed - this deodorant, like some commercial ones, does transfer to black clothing a little. If I were wearing a sleeveless black dress I'd probably avoid it, but other than that it works great - and any white marks come right off in the wash. 

You will need:
> 8 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
> 6 tbsp corn flour
> 5 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
> 10 drops tea tree oil 

Make it!
  1. Combine all the ingredients with a wooden spoon.
  2. Put the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden up.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an empty cream deodorant stick. 
  4. Smooth into shape and enjoy! 
This recipe makes enough for one empty cream stick and a bit extra so I put the spare mixture in a little tin to keep at work. Coconut oil melts with the warmth of your skin so, to use from a tin like this, simply rub with your fingers until it becomes liquid then transfer to your underarms. 

This home-made deodorant DIY turned out so well, it's got me thinking about what other natural beauty products I could make at home. If you've got any favourite recipes I'd love to hear about them! 

6 comments:

  1. Ooh, what a good - and simple - idea. My boyf is horribly sensitive to commercial deodorants at the moment so this should be perfect.

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    1. Might be worth a go! I can see it being more effort than some people would be up for, but I was happy to experiment a bit to stop using store-bought deodorant.

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  2. It sounds like a good idea but I have simply never used deodorant. I shower every day and wear clean clothes and that's it.

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    1. Alas if you commute daily on the London transport system and care about your fellow man, going deo-free isn't really an option!

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  3. This is v.cool and I'm guessing is smells nice? Also, loving how versatile coconut oil is - eat it AND wear it. pretty ingenious Jess! x

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  4. This is excellent, thank you! Husband is allergic to synthetic fragrance, so I can only wear natural deodorant, making my own would be great!

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