Over the summer, I did something I thought I would never do. I started making my own antiperspirant.
Wait, come back.
I promise I don’t smell bad. I’m actually thrilled with how well DIY Deodorant works, which is why I am sharing the recipe. But first, a little backstory as to why I switched.
Warning: this story is kind of gross and possibly TMI. If you just want to know how to make deodorant, keep scrolling.
A few months ago, I discovered a painful red bump in my armpit. Of course, my first assumption was that I was dying, but after closer inspection, I found that the source of the pain was what appeared to be a pimple. I put some medicine on it and left it alone. Unfortunately, the bump continued to grow and became more painful. I finally did what any mature adult would do, and I popped the darn thing. Guess what came out? Antiperspirant. My pore had become clogged with antiperspirant to the degree that it was swollen and painful. The whole thing left me kind of freaked out about what I was putting on my skin every day, especially since it had been living in my pores for who knows how long. So I decided to research natural ways of taking care of my underarm funk.
TMI over. Proceed.
So, how do you do it? It’s hilariously simple. You’ll need:
2 Tbsp. Baking Soda
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
Empty deodorant stick or shallow container in which to store your mixture.
Grab a mixing bowl and melt your coconut oil in the microwave (this should only take a few seconds). Add in the baking soda and cornstarch and stir, stir, stir! Keep stirring until there are no lumps left in your mixture. Then pour into your empty deodorant stick or container. Pop it in the freezer so it will set up quickly.
A few things about this recipe:
- Coconut oil gets melty just above room temperature. This means if you store your antiperspirant in your bathroom, it may have the consistency of lotion rather than stick deodorant. You have two options – you can dip your finger in and rub some on, or you can do what I do and store it in the refrigerator.
- You do NOT need to use as much of this mix as you do store-bought antiperspirant.
- If you want to add some fragrance to your antiperspirant, just put in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use lavender oil from Simply Aroma.
- IMPORTANT: If you’re switching from regular antiperspirant to a natural product, you will have a period where your body adjusts itself to the new product. That means you will sweat and stink and wonder what the heck I am talking about with this natural deodorant crap. I promise, if you can endure, the switch is worth it. I had a two-week period where I smelled FUN-KEE, enhanced by the fact I decided to switch during a particularly hot summer. Since then I’ve had no issues.
- If you like the idea of natural antiperspirant, but don’t want to mess with making your own, I suggest trying Primal Pit Paste. However, the DIY method is so easy it’s worth giving a try at least once.
Do you make any of your own products? Think I’m a crazy hippy for attempting this? Let me know in the comments.