I never thought I’d be the homemade deodorant making kinda girl, but I’ve taken the leap and I love it!
I will admit though, I had a few concerns:
- Was I going to still smell?
- Would I have to reapply?
- Could the whole family use it?
- Would it be strong enough for my husband?
- And gentle enough for my kids as they enter puberty?
- Would I have to spend money and time learning about essential oils?
Those questions are what kept me from attempting to make any homemade beauty product, but especially deodorant. It’s something we use daily and I wanted to make sure that I got it right while also keeping the same perks we currently have from our store-bought deodorant:
- No stinky smell.
- No need to reapply.
- We can all use it.
- Brands available that are strong enough for my husband.
- My kids could use them when they entered puberty.
- No need to think about essential oils.
I researched for weeks, read comments on deodorant recipe posts, and googled a LOT. I came to the conclusion that if I had to use essential oils I would never take the leap of making homemade deodorant. Essential oils are popular, but just because something is good and good for you – doesn’t mean you can just jump into it blindly. I’m still researching on all the ins and outs of essential oils, so for now – I have not included them in my current and future deodorant trial recipes.
My first (and I am still using the batch I made) attempt was from this blog post (it’s the Deodorant Recipe 2 minus the essential oil). My husband and eldest kiddo have responded well to it, but I think it may have too much baking soda for my skin.
I’m going to make a new batch this week with less baking soda to see if that helps. I was using it for several weeks then all of the sudden I got an irritation spot under each arm. I am leaning towards thinking it had more to do with my clothing than with the deodorant though since it happened a few weeks after I started using the new deodorant. But, in reading up on these different ingredients a lot of comments were made that the baking soda was causing irritation. Suggestions to reduce the amount of or eliminate the baking soda were made.
That being said, the batch feels a bit scratchy (although very gentle) when applied. So anyhow I wanted to attempt and smooth it out.
I also looked at this recipe, this one, this one, this one, and this one. As you can see they all include very similar (if not identical) ingredients. Maybe the quantities change a bit. I also used cornstarch for this first batch and I’m going to attempt using arrowroot powder instead. I do love the idea of a spray on deodorant option that Wellness Mama shared. I hope to give it a try sometime soon.
The batch I made I am just storing in a small round container similar to this one, but once I nail down the perfect deodorant recipe for our family I’m going to put it in something like these deodorant containers.
5 Homemade Deodorant Recipes
- Homemade Natural Deodorant over at Money Saving Mom
- Natural Deodorant over at Wellness Mama (you’ll find two recipes in this post)
- Spray Deodorant Recipe over at Wellness Mama
- Homemade Baking Soda Free Deodorant from A Blossoming Life
- Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant from The Prairie Homestead
What say you? Have you attempted to make any homemade deodorant or toiletries? Let me know your experience in the comments below!