It took me a while to find the perfect deodorant as I’ve always been very careful of what I apply on my skin. I have heard so many bad things about deodorants and the serious effects it can have on our body because of the chemical components it contains.
You can read here the 7 harmful ingredients in your deodorant, that’s a pretty good summary.
In my search of the perfect deodorant (organic / natural / effective / harmless / not-too-pricey), I found out this recipe a couple of years ago and I’ve been using it since then. I switch sometimes with an alum crystal deodorant as it may be more convenient to take with me (when I travel, for instance). I would say the crystal option is a fair alternative, however it’ll never be as effective as the one I make.
Here is an easy and quick recipe to make your own 100% natural and harmless deodorant. In addition to being completely safe for my body, it is the most effective deodorant I have ever used.
I usually make two per batch and one lasts up to 6 months.
YOU ONLY NEED 3 INGREDIENTS:
- Organic coconut oil – 1/2 cup
- Organic cornflour – 1/4 cup
- Baking soda – 1/4 cup
- Optional: 10-15 drops of organic lavender essential oil*
3 STEPS, 5 MINUTES:
- Pour melted coconut oil into a bowl.
- Add progressively and mix together baking soda and cornflour.
- Once the mixture is ready (well mixed and combined), pour it into a silicon mould.
I leave it in the fridge for about one hour. When time is up, I remove the two little ‘soaps’ from their mould and place them in a box.
That’s it! Apply it as you would do with a stick deodorant, go for a run, and you’ll see by yourself!
Note – Coconut oil melts and becomes liquid at around 25 degrees Celsius, so I store my deodorant in the fridge (well, not in autumn, or in winter when it’s something like 15 degrees in my bathroom…!). That is why I’d rather use the alum crystal deodorant as my option B when I travel or go camping, just so I avoid to spread coconut oil all over my clothes 😉
Why it is the best deodorant to me in 3 words:
it’s natural, effective and cheap.
And speaking of armpits & natural deodorants, I would recommend you this article from Nourished Life.
“Remember, it’s natural to sweat! This transition process can take longer for some people than others, which can be off putting to first time natural deodorant users.”
*Disclaimer: essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and placed away from children.