I’ve slowly, but surely, been making lots of positive changes in mine and my family’s life over the course of the last two years. It started with diet. I wanted to overhaul what we ate and where our nutrition came from. This year, I’ve focused on swapping all of our home products with natural alternatives. This covers cleaners, air fresheners, lotions, soaps, and deodorants. But it’s hard to find good natural deodorant that work and don’t cost an arm and a leg. So, I played around with a bunch of recipes to make my own and I’ve found a few that work really well! Like this one. It’s without the use of baking soda, so you don’t have to worry about it irritating your skin.
Why No Baking Soda?
Baking soda, while totally natural and is found in a lot of natural body products, it is abrasive and can irritate those who have sensitive skin. But, that’s okay, because there are alternatives! This recipe will show you how to make natural deodorant without baking soda.
Why Natural Deodorant?
Almost all store-bought products are chock full of harmful ingredients such as aluminium which is directly linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. There’s absolutely no reason to have these things in deodorant, since the product is only meant to help you smell better.
- Mason jar or other container you prefer
- A double boiler (I used a pot and glass bowl)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1.5 tablespoons of shea butter
- A few drops of essential oil of your choice
- ¾ tablespoon of beeswax
- 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon of diatomaceous earth
- 5 drops of vitamin E
- ¾ tablespoon of a carrier oil like olive oil (different than your essential oils, I’ll discuss below)
What is a Carrier Oil?
Carrier oils are used in natural recipes for things like deodorant as a way to bind a lot of the ingredients, but also to literally carry the essential oils safely and slowly into your body. Using carrier oils that are derived from nuts, seeds, and plants and are all-natural and cold pressed (meaning, not previously boiled down).
How to Make DIY Natural Deodorant without Baking Soda
Follow these easy steps using the ingredients above to make your own natural deodorant without baking soda.
Step One: Melting
Measure and add your beeswax, shea butter, and oils to the glass bowl above the boiling water (or to your double boiler). Stir constantly until all the ingredients are melted and mixed. The beeswax will take a while, so just be patient and make sure to stir to prevent burning.
Step Two: Remove from Heat
Once your first ingredients are melted and mixed really well, remove the bowl from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. This gives the ingredients a chance to bond. Only do this for a few minutes, though. You don’t want it to harden because that will make the next step impossible to do.
Step Three: Add Others
Measure and add your arrowroot, Diatomaceous earth, vitamin E, and essential oils to the melted mix. Stir really well so everything is evening distributed. You should have a thick, creamy texture by now.
Step Four: Pour into Container
Carefully, take your bowl of melted deodorant and add it to the container it will be in. I used a mason jar because it’s clean, durable, easy to use, and I can reuse it in the future.
Step Five: Let it Set
Set the jar aside and allow for the mix to cure and harden. This shouldn’t take long. I put mine in my closet, without the lid, and it was good to use the next day. When using your new baking soda free deodorant, just take a very small amount on your fingertips, rub it to soften, and then rub it into your clean armpit. Clean your hands afterwards.
Did you enjoy this tutorial enough to make your own? Was it helpful at all? Give it a try and be sure to let us know how it went in the comments below. And if you have your own DIY natural deodorant without baking soda recipe, feel free to share it below!