Guest post from Elise of Frugal Farm Wife
I remember the first time I bought deodorant after I got married. I found myself cringing as I shelled out dollars for a tube of the natural, aluminum-free variety, and then apologizing profusely to my husband for spending so much on a single tube of deodorant.
I need not have worried. We’re both cheapskates, but if anything, my husband is more health conscious than I am, so he had no problem spending a bit extra on the good stuff.
It was the last time I ever bought deodorant, though. When that bottle ran out, we tried using a deodorant stone for a while (with limited success), and then I stumbled across some homemade deodorant recipes online.
At first thought, making your own deodorant may seem far fetched, but believe me — it’s not! Odds are good that you already have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards.
We have been really impressed by the effectiveness of this deodorant, and not only that, but everybody we’ve talked to loves it as well!
There is one drawback to using homemade deodorants; while they are very effective odor inhibitors, they are not technically anti-perspirants. The cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) does absorb perspiration, significantly reducing, but not eliminating moisture.
While homemade natural deodorant may cost a bit more than the coupon and sale savvy shopper pays for the drugstore variety, making your own deodorant is by far the cheapest and most effective way we’ve found to go natural.
Homemade Natural Deodorant
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 2-4 Tablespoons coconut oil (at room temperature)
- 10 drops of essential oil such as tea tree, lavender, or rosemary (optional*)
Thoroughly mix baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oil. Mix in coconut oil a little at a time until desired consistency is reached. Store in airtight containers to prevent drying out.
The type of deodorant container you use will determine the consistency that you need your deodorant to be. You can make your deodorant super thick and pack it into an empty deodorant tube so that you can apply it just like any other deodorant, or you can make it a bit thinner, and store it in a small container or jar to rub in as a lotion (the jar in the picture below came from the Walmart travel section).
*NOTE: Essential oils are not completely necessary, but antibacterial oils do provide extra protection against odors — to say nothing of how nice they smell! — so I like to add them.
Elise is a God-follower, wife, mom of two munchkins, and dairy goat enthusiast, who blogs about affordable gluten-free living, making things from scratch, and farm life at FrugalFarmWife.com