It’s well-known that conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain a whole host of potentially harmful chemicals, including aluminium which is thought to cause cancer and parabens which can interfere with our hormones.
I made the swap to natural deodorant about a year ago and used to buy them from health food shops. I liked that I was supporting small businesses but this could be quite pricey, with one pot costing between £6-8. To save money, I decided to experiment with making my own and found this recipe works well.
It’s super cheap, uses four simple ingredients which have antibacterial properties and keeps you smelling fresh all day. Say goodbye to nasty aerosol fumes and hello to your favourite essential oils. Unlike conventional antiperspirants, this does not interrupt with your body’s natural processes and allows you skin to breath.
For this deodorant, you will need the following four ingredients:
- Coconut oil
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Arrowroot powder
- Essential oils (optional)
To make enough for a small tin, which should last around 3-4 months:
- Mix equal measures (two tablespoons) of bicarbonate of soda and arrowroot powder
- Add one tablespoon of coconut oil. This works best at room temperature so that the oil can mix easily
- Add around 10 drops of essential oil – I like to use organic lavender oil
- Once fully mixed, transfer it to an air-tight container or tin and leave it in a cool area to set
Note that the consistency of this deodorant changes depending on the temperature. If left somewhere hot it will become a liquid and if cold can become very solid and difficult to use. If this happens, simply rub a small bit between two fingers until it softens and can be easily applied. You could also use a clean ice cream stick as a spatula if you find this helps.