I hoard beauty and body products like my life depends on it, but sometimes it’s nice to make your own. When I came across this recipe for homemade deodorant, I immediately scoured my house for the ingredients and got to mixing.
The heady promise that I could make my OWN unique fragrance reeled me right in—who wants to smell like Spring Rain and Fresh Flowers all their life when they can create their own intoxicating scent? I wondered, though: Would DIY deodorant actually work?
Realtalk: I’ve been known to sweat rivers, and I wasn’t too keen on airing out my B.O. But, with some scent-based modifications, the lovely deodorant I concocted stanched my skepticism AND my armpit-related effusions! If you’d like to make your own, step into your laboratory (or kitchen) and get cooking!
What you’ll need:
• ½ cup room-temperature coconut oil.
• ¼ cup baking soda.
• ¼ cup cornstarch.
• An all-natural essential oil (or two!) for fragrance. This can be anything you want—I used this lemon eucalyptus oil from Aura Cacia.
• Two medium-size mixing bowls.
• A spoon.
• An empty jar.
• Optional: 2 tablespoons of a second moisturizer. (I used shea butter.)
How to do it:
Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together in one of your bowls. This is the miraculous powder that will help curb your sweat!
Pour the powder mixture and coconut oil into the other bowl.
Step Three (Optional):
If you decide to add another moisturizer, throw that in the bowl too. I like adding shea butter to give my pits the extra hydration they need after I shave, but it’s totally not necessary! The formula will be fine without it.
Add as many drops of your essential oil(s) as you want. (I put in about 20 drops.) If you want an exact measurement, try starting with ¼ of a teaspoon, then add more if you want more fragrance.
Mix the delicious-smelling batter with a spoon, making sure it’s nice and smooth. Note: If you included shea butter in your recipe, you’ll have to put a little extra muscle in to get out the lumps.
Spoon the concoction into a glass jar or any other clean, empty container with a top. Your packaging doesn’t have to be super fancy—I found this nifty jar in the dollar section of Target!
Stick your new deodorant in the fridge overnight to harden.
Step Eight (Optional):
If you want to add some pizazz (pit-zazz?), decorate your jar with Sharpie art or glitter.
Ta-da! You’ve got yourself some customized homemade deo! Keep it somewhere cool so it doesn’t melt, apply a thin layer to your underarms with your fingers as needed, and walk around with your armpits held high, knowing you’re the most magical-smelling Rook in the game! ♦