There is a drawer in my bathroom that is stuffed full of different natural deodorants. I know other people on here have had a sensitivity to baking soda, but I've used baking soda on my skin before without issues (deodorants, exfoliants, etc.) I told my mom maybe we should leave out the baking soda next time, but she's concerned about odor control if we do that.
Everyone is worried about the breast cancer risk tentatively associated with deodorant use. Coconut oil melts at 76°, so if your home is pretty warm, you will need to refrigerate it to keep it solid. For years, I've combined coconut oil with arrow root, tea tree oil, and baking soda to make my own deodorant.
I've been using this type of home made deodorant
for about three years.Â At the start I developed itchy red bumps under my armpits, though didn't get the peeling you've described.Â After much experimenting I found that modifying the dry ingredients to 1 part baking soda to 3 parts arrowroot/cornstarch fixed the problem.
You'd have to come stick your nose under my arm to smell it. My boyfriend says, with a tone of disbelief, that I smell fine. In fact, all you need is one thing: Raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil. In addition to patchouli essential oil, you need a base oil that can be melted and transferred into a mold or container to solidify. I sometimes spray a concentrated version of my laundry soap on the armpits and let it soak before washing - that definitely seems to help. When I decided to switch to homemade deodorant, I still had several old store-bought deodorants. After much research, I discovered a brand called Primal Pit Paste The ingredients were super clean and the deodorant was produced in Tampa (AKA: a Florida deodorant!).
Before applying it I rub some neat coconut
oil under my armpits, then add my deodorant on top of that.Â This results in NO irritation and the mixture is still very effective for well over 24 hours. There's just enough baking soda to keep me fresh and not enough to make me burn.
You can make your own with arrowroot or tapioca powder scented with a few drops of an antimicrobial essential oil … myrrh is great. I just have to say that I started using coconut oil/baking soda/cornstarch deodorant in Jan, and I haven't looked back. This works best right out of the shower, but I've used this homemade deodorant mid-day without any problems, too. For desert dwellers like me or anyone who wants a bar that is not as pasty, try using raw kokum butter. I have spent hundreds of dollars over the years trying out every natural deodorant on the market that i could find. I decided to try my hand at making him some homemade deodorant for sensitive skin (aka pH balanced for a man). Baking soda and water actually worked pretty well, and most of the time wasn't even irritating to my skin! I like to start with that mix, and if you need more odor control, add more baking soda.
If you are in a warmer climate, you can keep your deodorant in the fridge and remove a few minutes before applying. It keeps it's shape in the container but when I put it on it's very creamy (not like regular stick) Is there something that I can add, or take away, to make it a little harder! So I let it melt outside the fridge and poured it into a jar, and stick my finger in and get a pea sized amount and smear it on my armpits. Thank you for all of your really great ideas, we are actually tackling our oven this weekend using your description and the baking soda method….wish us luck!!
I've always tried to use natural deodorant but since I moved to Asia I've found it really challenging to keep this up. I haven't found ONE woman's deo that doesn't have aluminum except for spray-on deo which has butane and all kinds of other nasties.