Basic Homemade Deodorant Powder
Deodorant, everybody needs it, and no one wants to admit it. It’s something we use every (almost) every day of our lives. Learning how to make deodorant is easy, and if you are looking for a way to stay fresh with less chemicals here’s how to do it.
According to many using your standard store bought sick of deodorant raises some health concerns. Many of the shelf deodorants include parabens and aluminum. I won’t get into their health risks here, but concerns include cancer, and Alzheimers.
There are all-natural stick deodorant alternatives out there, but many people have mixed results with their actual odor fighting power. Not to mention that all-natural, and organic products can be expensive.
I like to keep things simple, with that in mind here is a great, extremely easy to make and use homemade deodorant for men and women that is as easy as shaking a box.
Time: 2 ~ 4 minutes
Update: If you want to try out some slightly more involved homemade deodorant powder recipes check out my other post on homemade deodorant powder.
– Ingredients –
The corn starch will absorb and trap moisture, while the baking soda serves as an odor eliminator.
– Step One –
This isn’t one of those exact measurement recipes. I didn’t even manage to mess it up once. Measure out some corn starch, it doesn’t really matter how much, just as long as you know how much baking soda to add next.
Optionally, you can use arrowroot powder instead. You will get a deodorant powder that is just as effective in the end but a little more friendly for those with a corn sensitivity.
– Step Two –
Then measure out an equal amount of baking soda, and add it to the corn starch. It doesn’t need to be exact, we’re just going for about half and half.
– Step Three –
Sift it, stir it, or shake it. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you mix it completely.
– Step Four –
A lot of people online suggest using essential oils to scent their homemade deodorant. Personally I’m not a big fan of using essential oils. The oils don’t really mix well with the powder, and it clumps making it harder to apply and use. But if you want to give essential oils a shot feel free.
As an alternative I suggest trying something like powdered lavender. In the future I plan to even try drying out some orange peel and using that in the deodorant power.
– Storing it –
You can store you homemade deodorant in pretty much anything you like. It is vast if you find an airtight container. Baking soda absorbs odors, and you probably don’t want it pre-absorbing any odors before you put it on your body.
A salt or pepper shaker will do the job. An old makeup tin with a powder puff will work. Or you can reuse an old powder squeeze bottle. This cocoa powder shaker would work awesome too.
– Applying it –
Depending on how you store it you can either apply it with something like a cotton ball, or a powder puff. If you want to you can even store it in something like old arm and hammer squeeze bottle and just poof it on that way.
Thoroughly coat your entire armpit. One application should easily last for an entire day, some people even find that it will last for up to two days.
– My Experience –
I really like using my homemade deodorant so far. Honestly I really like this deodorant much better than normal stick deodorant. The powder can get everywhere if you’re not careful, but it’s awesome because it isn’t pasty. As a guy I like it because it doesn’t make armpit hairs stick together. Bottom line, it just feels cleaner than rubbing paste in your armpit.
I haven’t had any problems with my homemade deodorant affecting the color of any of my clothes. However be cautious and test it out by rubbing some of it on an inconspicuous area of a shirt or two.
Now that you know how to make homemade deodorant go and make yourself a batch, and keep your pits stink free without all those extra chemicals. Leave a comment with your own experiences and feedback.
- Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil (optional)
- Scented powder (optional)
- Measuring spoon (any size)
- Fork or sifter
- Airtight container or shaker
- Mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) into bowl.
- Add desired scent, either essential oil or scented powder (optional).
- Use fork to mix or sift together.
- Store in airtight container or shaker.
- Apply to underarms in desired fashion, walk around smelling nice and feeling great!