Monday, May 6

The Best Homemade Natural Deodorant: The 2-ingredient deodorant that will change your life!

Even though I like the idea of using natural deodorants free of aluminum and other potentially harmful substances* I've never found one that actually worked, so I eventually just gave up on them.

But when a trusted friend (and physician colleague) handed me a sample of her homemade deodorant, and promised me that it was life-changing and that once I tried it I'd never look back... well of course I had to try it.

I honestly didn't think it would actually work.

But it did work! 

It really works!

I'd dare to say that it works even better than my regular deodorant. It's crazy, to be honest, and I doubt I would have believed someone claiming this in the past. 

But I dare you to try it. You will be so impressed!

Now I'm a petite girl, and I don't tend to sweat that much to begin with. So before recommending this to you I put my little deodorant through a few tests:
  • long days at work - no problem
  • 90 minute hot power yoga session - no problem! Yes I sweat, but no smell.
  • Convinced my husband to try it for a day as well - no problem either, and he agreed that it worked perfectly well (though he wasn't a fan of applying it with his own finger).
This magical deodorant contains only 2 ingredients: baking soda and coconut oil, and all you have to do is mix the two together. 
It couldn't be easier, it's completely natural, cost effective and works incredibly well.

Read on for the recipe....

*antiperspirants in commercial deodorants have unproven links to breast cancer - something that I am personally concerned with because it runs in my family.

Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe

1/4 cup solid coconut oil
3 Tablespoons baking soda

warm up the coconut oil just enough so that it's easy to mix but not completely liquid. 
I do this by putting approx 1/4 cup of coconut oil in the microwave on high for 10 seconds, then mixing with a spoon to get a thick uniform consistency. Then I mix in the baking soda until there are no clumps remaining.
Allow to re-solidify at room temperature (or in the fridge/freezer if you want it done within a few minutes).

Making a double batch (using 1/2 cup coconut oil), which filled 2 mini mason jars

- if the coconut oil is completely liquified it's harder to get a uniform consistency when mixing in the baking soda, and tends to re-solidify with most of the baking soda at the bottom. This doesn't seem to occur if you mix the two when the coconut oil is warm but still semi-solid.
-you can mix in a few drops of essential oil (like lavender) if you want it scented, but I like the mild coconut smell as is.

How to use:
Using your finger, apply a thin layer of the deodorant to the deep part of your armpits. You need surprisingly little. 
I find that it lasts all day, but everyone is different and some may want to reapply later in the day if needed. 
Store the jar at room temperature. It keeps very well.

Let me know if you try it! I'd love too hear your feedback if you're willing to share.


Bri said...

Ok, I am very intrigued! Q: Does it leave any (oily) marks on your clothes? xoxo

Lady Grey said...

Bri, It doesn't leave any oil marks so far. Though I am somewhat careful to only apply it to the deeper areas of my armpits :)