As part of Plastic Free July, I’m sharing the simplest recipe you will probably ever follow – to make your own deodorant using just four inexpensive ingredients.
I’ve been making my own deodorant for about a year now, as a way to cut back on my consumption of single-use plastics, like the roll-on tubes.
I have to admit, I was pretty sceptical about using DIY deodorant at first. So I decided to try it once and switch back to conventional deodorant if the homemade stuff didn’t work out for me.
Well, it’s been a year and there’s been no looking back!
And I have really put my homemade deodorant to the test! As some of you might know, I dabble in modern pentathlon, so I do a lot of training (five sports’ worth!) and day-long competitions. And my homemade deodorant holds up!
The main thing to note is that this is a deodorant, and not an anti-perspirant, so you will still sweat when you wear this. Your sweat just will not smell! It might take a little bit of getting used to. But it’s definitely better for your health (anti-perspirants stop you sweating through a combination of chemicals – yuck) and for the environment.
Homemade deodorant is also the simplest recipe you will probably ever follow. It uses only three or four ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. And you can throw it together in five minutes – less time than it would take to head to the shops and pick up a new can of conventional deodorant! Plus it’s super affordable.
HOW TO MAKE IT
Gather your ingredients.
You will need: bicarb soda, cornflour, Fair Trade coconut oil, and essential oil (if you would like your deodorant scented).
2. Put a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into a bowl.
You might need to soften the coconut oil first by holding the jar under some hot running water.
3. Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 1/4 cup of cornflour and 3 tablespoons bicarb soda.
Some people are sensitive to bicarb soda – if you find you tolerate it well you can add a little bit more bicarb soda.
4. Add a couple of drops of scented oil.
The coconut oil makes the deodorant smell amazing, but I like to add in a couple of drops of euculypt oil for a fresh and clean scent.
5. Mix your ingredients all together!
It’s easier if the coconut oil is a little soft – put the bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds if necessary!
6. If you live in a hot climate, add in an extra teaspoon each of cornflour and bicarb soda.
Otherwise your deodorant might turn into a liquid mess.
I store mine in a small reusable plastic container.
HOW TO USE IT
It’s easiest to apply over the sink after you step out of the shower. I like to take a grape size amount, and soften it by rolling it between my fingers. I then smear it under my arms and rub it in, like you would apply moisturiser. I throw the container in my bag and reapply after sport or if necessary.
So what do you think? Would you try homemade deodorant?