The benefits of using natural homemade deodorant
There are many benefits of homemade deodorant, the most important probably is that you use natural ingredients. Avoiding artificial additives and chemicals will give a boost to your immune system and your body will thank you for it.
It seems that the beauty industry and (even us) have forgotten that sweating is a natural process and an essential part of the body’s functioning. Sweating helps eliminate toxins from the body through the skin, and sweat also regulates our body temperature.
Conventional deodorants (antiperspirants) usually contain harsh chemicals such as aluminium, parabens, synthetic fragrance, talc, or triclosan. By making your own deodorant you can avoid using these nasty ingredients.
We developed this idea that sweating is bad and that we must avoid it at any cost. Sweating is not the problem, it is a natural part of being human. We are not meant to block our sweat glands the way we are suggested to in our modern culture (using strong, chemically ‘enhanced’ antiperspirants). We should sweat freely, but without the unpleasant odour.
Ingredients that can naturally reduce body odour:
- Baking soda (a great ingredient to neutralise odours)
- Coconut oil (contains lauric acid which is an anti-microbial agent that fights bacterial and viral infections)
- Lavender oil (it has antibacterial properties)
I am using these few basic ingredients to make my homemade deodorant. You can also learn about a great natural alternative to laundry detergent.
Natural homemade deodorant ingredients
- 4 tablespoons of baking soda
- 3 tablespoons of arrow root powder (optional)
- Coconut oil
- 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
Homemade deodorant with coconut oil
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of arrow root powder together. In the beginning, I didn’t use arrow root powder and it still worked just fine, however, with arrow root powder the deodorant becomes more powdery and dry as it acts as a thickener.
Now, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix it together. Increase the amount of oil until it reaches the right consistency for you. You don’t want it to be too solid or hard as it won’t absorb through the skin easily. By mixing the ingredients together, the coconut oil will slightly melt, but it will harden later when it sets.
And finally, add your preferred essential oil and stir until all ingredients are completely integrated. I like to use lavender essential oil as it has antibacterial properties that helps neutralise unpleasant body odour, and it also has a calming effect on the skin.
When you are ready, store your deodorant in a glass jar so it stays fresh.
These measurements work best for me but play around until you get the desired consistency. You only need to apply a small amount, simply massage it into your armpit.
The only problem I found with this deodorant is that it melts during hot weather, so if you are travelling to a warm country this might not be something that you can take with you.
The importance of diet
Body odour is directly affected by the food we eat. Having a healthy and organic diet can naturally improve your perspiration. Chlorophyll is an internal cleanser that naturally controls body odour. Introducing foods in your diet that contains chlorophyll, like green leafy vegetables, can help you maintain a healthy body odour. Chlorophyll is also found if foods such as asparagus, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, kale, spinach, swiss chard, parsley, mint, and basil.
When you stop using conventional deodorants/antiperspirants, you will notice that your body odour increases as toxins are being released from your body after years of chemical build-up. Please don’t stop at this stage, be patient, and let your body detox. This is a natural process and it will improve. You can get rid of toxins faster by dry brushing your skin, especially around the armpits. Sauna and exercise can also help eliminate toxins from your body quicker. And, of course, don’t forget to drink plenty of water, it will also speed up your cleansing process.