Sunday, June 5, 2011

DIY Deodorant

If you don't want to hear about my armpits, you probably don't want to read this post. You are warned!

As I have mentioned before, I have really sensitive skin. I need to be really careful about the products that I use or else I pay for it with rashes and swelling. I decided to cut out mainstream, antiperspirant deodorants when I made the connection that they were causing rashes on my arms. Since then I have been trying a variety of natural deodorant products, but none have really done the job. I recently came across this recipe for deodorant and thought I should give it a try.

I found that a batch filled the tin I had right up to the top. I opted for the tin because that was what the photo in the recipe featured. Now that I have worked with the texture, I can totally see this working just fine in an empty deodorant container. Plus, it would be nice to apply deodorant without having to rub it on my armpits with my fingers.

Now, you probably want to know...does it work? It does! So far it is keeping the stink away and is not staining my clothes.

In this first batch, I used grapefruit essential oil. I think that might be a little harsh for my skin. With the next batch I make I will omit the essential oil to see if that lessens the tingling factor. Other than that, I am happy with it. I am actually surprised by how well it seems to keep the stink away and, equally importantly, so far there are no rashes on my arms.

Hooray for DIY, food-grade, toiletries!


  1. You know what? I have been noticing rashes on my arms lately, too! I am going to experiment with non-antiperspirantizing, and see what happens. I already just use baking soda and cider vinegar on my hair (although my current hairstyle DOES require styling products and I haven't naturalized them yet), but one more step might be helpful. Thanks for the review!

  2. I've been using a diy deodorant recipe for a while that works quite well,smells great and doesn't induce any skin discomfort. I just pour it into old deodorant containers and then stick it in the fridge to harden it up quickly. It's here:

    Another thought per all natural hairstyling... pure aloe vera gel works quite nicely to provide some hold.

  3. amen, trinity. i'm allergic to aloe, of all things, and it is so hard to find products without it! i've done some diy lip balms before, but always have to spend the long dollar on soaps and shampoos to find stuff without aloe and the other myriad things i can't have touching my skin. glad to hear your deodorant is working so far!

  4. Interesting, I might have to give this a try! Most deodorants burn my skin, and oddly enough the "natural" brands are the worst for me.

  5. Very cool -- I'm glad it's working for you!

  6. I am glad to learn I am in good company with my sensitivities. You all have some good suggestions, too. I have one update...since the weather has been so hot here, the deodorant has gone soft in the container. If it had been in a tube, I think it would have leaked out the bottom! So, maybe the tin is the way to go.

  7. Did you see this on Kat's blog?
    might be helpful. it's fully in my plan when I get back to the States...

  8. Ah! Meg! Good to know Kat can vouch for it, too.


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