Homemade deodorant is something a lot of people are still skeptical about and for good reason too. I mean, no one wants deodorant that won’t carry you through the sweaty Betty days. We all want deodorant that works and that’s what this post is about. My friend Natalie is really my natural skin care product guru and she made me my first batch of deodorant. I tried my hands at it last Thursday, tweeted that I’d officially joined the home made skin care product bandwagon and Kachee suggested that I blog about it. So here I am!
I decided to share the very simple recipe so anyone who’d like could easily give it a go. Also, I’m adding THREE other natural skin care alternatives that you could add to your routine. Before we delve in, a few words:
I’m interested in as many natural alternatives as possible because it’s simply better for the body. Better baking soda than aluminium seeping into your sweat glands. I was reading the label of an antiperspirant and apparently you can’t use this UNDERARM deodorant if you have kidney disease. It made me realise that this stuff actually goes in our bodies. We can’t shield ourselves from everything, but it’s worth trying to clean out as much as we can.
Okay, on to the business:
Home made deodorant
What I used: 3/4 cup Arrowroot powder, coconut oil, 1/4 cup baking soda, lavender oil
Directions: combine ingredients and add coconut oil and essential oil until desired consistency.
It literally takes five minutes.
You can also use corn starch in place of arrowroot powder and the choice of essential oil is yours to make. I used lavender because it’s what I had. The essential oil stops you from smelling like coconut oil and baking soda. I like mine to be a lighter consistency.
If you want to, you can also pour your deodorant into an old deodorant container and put it in your fridge and it stays solid. It’s also perfectly fine to leave it in a container and just use as needed without refrigerating.
But Afoma, does it work?
YES. I live in the Caribbean where the sun is HOT. I also work long days out preaching and there’s no funky scent coming through at all.
I know what’s in it.
My sweat glands can actually breathe which makes me feel better.
You may feel weird putting deodorant in your fridge
Some people react to baking soda, so you may have to test that out first.
4 Other natural skin care alternatives
Turmeric face mask: Turmeric + coconut oil
This facemask visibly brightens your face! And by brighten I don’t mean lighten your complexion but rather evens out skin tone and makes you gloww. Everyone comments that I’m glowing on days after I do the mask and usually I go make up free on those days. It’s good.
Comments: Turmeric stains everything a bright yellow, so wear an old shirt for this one AND don’t leave the mask on for more than 20-30 minutes. I do 20minutes. Also avoid eyes and lips.
Shea butter body butter: shea butter + coconut oil + essential oil (lavender oil).
Directions: melt shea butter with coconut oil and cool. Add essential oil and then pop in the fridge for about an hour. You want the mixture cool and solidified but still soft. You can now mix with a hand mixer if you have one. I don’t so I just used a whisk (not the same, trust me). BUT the mixture is still DIVINE.
It keeps my skin SOFT and moisturized and you know how sticky lotion can get in the heat? This isn’t sticky, EVER! Also it smells like lavender which is a plus. Shea butter also has a myriad of good effects on your skin so win win win.
Feel free to add an extra oil to this recipe as well! Did I mention I use it in my hair too? WIN.
Brown sugar lip exfoliator: brown sugar + coconut oil
Perfect for exfoliating lips or even your face. It’s weird at first to rub sugar on your face but its inexpensive and it works.
These are four ways you could change your skin care for naturally healthier feeling and looking skin. Your sweat glands will also thank you very much. I’m happy to answer any other questions about these and if you do try any of the recipes, let me know how you find them!
I figured since I’m not much of make up maven, I should take care of my skin, no? Are you guys interested in natural skin care and essential oils? What do you like to use? Please share! I’m on the hunt!
How ironic that the only other recipe I have on here is ice cream? Fancy making some ice cream? Haha
Have a lovely week! x