Posted by: Jordan
We’ve tried the craziest thing yet…homemade deodorants! And guess what? They actually work surprisingly well! Dare I say it and risk jinxing it? I think they *might* be the best natural deodorants I’ve tried! There are a few but’s though, and we’ll get those right out in the open…such as the biggest one: Emily can’t use either of them. She found that she’s allergic/sensitive to baking soda in her deodorants, unfortunately. Our friend Amy said the same thing about the Miessence deodorant (which contains sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda) giving her a red rash under her arm. I’ve occasionally experienced the red irritated skin too (strangely only on my left armpit), so I sometimes have to switch between deodorants that contain baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and those that don’t. Problem is, I think the sodium bicarbonate is the essential ingredient in natural deodorants’ ability to keep you from getting stinky. The other drawback to these homemade recipes is that they’re both a little high maintenance in that you have to either scoop them out of a jar, or, as in the first recipe, you can freeze them into pucks. But whichever method you choose to contain them, you have to deal with temperature variances: if it’s really hot outside, you get a liquified deodorant. If it’s freezing, you get a rock-solid jar of deodorant. But those drawbacks aside, these deodorants are pretty incredible and SO cheap too! Both recipes make large batches, so it’s wise to either share with friends, as Emily and I did, or to cut the recipe in half.
Emily and I tested out these two recipes back in August, when it was still prime sweating weather. With her air-conditioner on full-blast, we decided to see which recipe was our favorite!
DIY Deodorant Recipe #1 from Angry Chicken’s blog:
3 Tablespoons shea butter
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons cocoa butter
2 vitamin E oil gel caps (puncture and squeeze out the oil)
I melted all the ingredients (except the oils) and gave it a good stir. This only took about 30 seconds in the microwave. Then added the oils, stirred again, and poured it in a jar, then placed it in the fridge to set. This recipe filled the jar in my hand, which is a 1/4 pint.
For this recipe, Emily and I chose a few different scents to make: one was unscented, one scented with orange essential oil, and the third with lavender essential oil. Because the cocoa butter smells a little like chocolate, we chose scents that complimented that smell. We decided to take the suggestion to freeze the mixture into muffin tins, thereby make deodorant “pucks”. This was a really handy way to store and apply the deodorant…unless you live in an un-air-conditioned apartment, like I do. So I had to store my deodorants in the freezer during the summer! Not exactly convenient. But during the cooler months, it’s a great idea! So, what were the results? Well, here’s my email I sent to Emily on the first day I tried my homemade deodorant puck:
“It’s 96 degrees outside today. I tried a puck and I was sweating up a storm, but still smell completely normal and odor-free! Amazing!!!! The only thing that isn’t great is that when you sweat, like I did a LOT this afternoon when I went up to Harlem to visit Matt’s school, the butters tend to feel a little wet and slimy in your armpits. Kind of gross…But at least I don’t smell!”
I also tried the suggestion that someone made in the comments section of Angry Chicken’s post to pour the still warm deodorant liquid into an old deodorant container and let it set. This did not work. I couldn’t get the deodorant dial to push the solidified deodorant up at all. So I had to end up digging my fingers into the deodorant container to get it out. The pucks were much more convenient.
DIY Deodorant Recipe #2 from How About Orange blog:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (What the hell is arrowroot powder? Emily and I substituted corn starch, which we had on hand)
4 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops essential oil
Just mix everything together and spoon into a jar…no heating required! It really doesn’t get much more simple than this. I think I like this recipe just a little bit more because it doesn’t get the slimy feeling, like the first one did, in 95+ degree weather. Of course if it’s a normal day both recipes are great, but I think this recipe is my preferred one simply because it’s as easy as can be! Be sure to store it in a cool, dry place (but not too cold like your refrigerator because then it becomes too solid). I made two different scents with essential oils I had on hand: one was grapefruit and the other was rosemary-peppermint. I love the rosemary-mint scent! It really only smells for the first 10 seconds you put it on, but it’s a rather nice 10 seconds.
I have given samples of both of these deodorants to friends and both have given them thumbs up. My friend Melissa even went as far as saying it’s the best she’s tried! Do we have a winner, Great Deodorant Hunters?