Over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirants contain aluminum-based ingredients that temporarily block your sweat pores. This reduces the quantity of sweat that reaches the surface of your skin. On the other hand, deodorants tackle body odor but they can’t alter sweat production. They usually rely on alcohol to increase your skin’s acidity level, hindering the development of odor-causing bacteria. Perfumes and other fragrances also help to mask the smell.
In contrast, DIY natural deodorant doesn’t reduce perspiration. Instead, it works by neutralizing the odors caused by sweating. Furthermore, it prevents the growth of bacteria on your skin, allowing you to feel fresh throughout the day. But how do you know if DIY deodorant spray and other natural remedies are right for you?
Natural plant oils have been commonly used in topical therapy and skincare products. They’re widely available, relatively inexpensive, and often feature antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, and antioxidant properties.
Your axillary, or underarm, skin is especially prone to damage and irritation from harsh antiperspirants, cleansers, and hair removers. However, applying DIY natural deodorant, which has plant oils and other moisturizing agents like glycerol, may restore your skin’s normal balance.
Natural plant oils are widely available, relatively inexpensive, and often feature antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, and antioxidant properties.
Up to 30 different types of fatty acids are present in plant oils in very high concentrations. As a result, DIY natural deodorants fight skin barrier roughness and dryness. Other common ingredients present in DIY deodorants include:
- Organic oils
Natural DIY deodorants generally contain unrefined coconut oil, shea butter, or organic tea tree oil, all of which act as anti-inflammatories.
- Essential oils
Fragrant grapefruit, orange, lavender, and spruce are among the various essential oils added to DIY natural deodorants.
- Absorbent ingredients
Organic arrowroot starch or baking soda can be incorporated into most DIY deodorant recipes to absorb moisture.
Note that you should take into account the unique characteristics of different plant oils when using them as topical skin care agents. The effects of coconut oil on skin hydration and surface lipid levels, for example, are comparable to those of mineral oil.
Shea butter, on the other hand, carries triglycerides with stearic, oleic, palmitic, and linoleic fatty acids. Unsaponifiables such as triterpenes, sterols, phenols, and tocopherol have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features. So they’ve become particularly popular in the cosmetics industry.
While plant-based compounds have been touted as safe, economical, and effective, we’re still waiting on conclusive evidence of their benefits.
Ultimately, keep in mind there’s still a limited amount of scientific research on DIY deodorants. While plant-based compounds have been touted as safe, economical, and effective, we’re still waiting on conclusive evidence of their benefits.
Since DIY natural deodorant isn’t clinically tested, certain components may irritate your skin. Consider consulting your dermatologist first if you have sensitive skin.
To make DIY deodorant that works, you’ll want to include natural oils, as well as anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory components. Avoid possible allergy-causing elements, and opt for economical and readily available ingredients.
If you’re ready to ditch conventional deodorants, then try your hand at one of the following DIY deodorant recipes.
- ⅓ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of arrowroot starch
- 6 to 10 drops of essential oils (optional)
- Mix together arrowroot starch and baking soda.
- Mash in coconut oil and blend well.
- Add the essential oils.
- Pour mixture into a glass jar.
- When applying, rub a small amount of the mixture between your fingers until it becomes liquid before putting it on your underarms.
- ½ cup of baking soda
- ½ cup of arrowroot starch
- 5 tbsp of coconut oil (organic and unrefined)
- 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or any other antibacterial essential oil)
- Mix together arrowroot starch and baking soda.
- Add grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil.
- Mix thoroughly and pour into a clean, airtight glass jar.
- 30 grams of coconut oil (1 oz)
- 20 grams of shea butter (0.7 oz)
- 10 grams of almond oil (0.4 oz)
- 10 grams of beeswax (0.4 oz)
- 15 grams of arrowroot starch (0.5 oz)
- 5 drops of vitamin E
- 20 to 25 drops of essential oils
- Mix coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a pot over low heat. Once melted, turn off heat, and allow to cool for several minutes.
- Add vitamin E and essential oils, then whisk vigorously until it’s well blended.
- Pour mixture into a clean, airtight glass jar.
When making DIY natural deodorant, feel free to experiment with different oils, powders, and bases. Cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter all work great but if you prefer a powder-based DIY deodorant recipe, start with equal parts arrowroot starch and baking soda. Next, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. Shake well to combine.
While the purpose of traditional antiperspirants and deodorants is to reduce sweat and body odor, their ingredients may be harmful to your health. A popular alternative these days is DIY natural deodorant that you can make at home. Standardized recommendations on dosing for natural oils do not exist, however, and require further investigation. Before incorporating DIY deodorant into your skin care regimen, consider consulting your dermatologist.