Making your own natural deodorant at home is really easy, not to mention the fact you can save money, reduce single use plastic, and adjust the scent and ingredients to how you like. Plus, this DIY deodorant is free from petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, aluminium, propylene glycol and parabens, making it much kinder for you and the planet (particularly if you store it in a reusable glass jar).
If you follow our DIY Skin Care page, you might already have the ingredients too!
All of the ingredients can be purchased online or package free from our Naked Beauty Bar in store, except for the essential oils, which come in recyclable glass jars. Bring your own glass jars to our Naked Beauty Bar or purchase one in-store.
It’s recommended to test each ingredient on your wrist to ensure you aren’t allergic to any of them (for example, some people do not react well to bi-carb soda – see below for an alternative if you react to bi-carb soda).
- 1/4 cup naturally occurring bi-carb soda
- 1/4 cup bentonite clay
- 3.5 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essental oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- In a medium sized, non-metallic bowl using wooden utensils, mix together the bi-carb soda and bentonite clay.
- Mash in coconut oil until well combined. This recipe will make a firm but smooth consistency, but you can add a little bit more coconut oil if you prefer a runny consistency.
- Mix in the essentials oils.
- Transfer into small, wide mouthed jars and store in a cool place.
How to Use:
This recipe makes enough to fill approximately two small 120ml glass mason jars.
Rub a small amount onto clean, dry underarms using your fingertips until it’s invisible. This mixture will soon dry into a non sticky powder form.
Also, if you shave your underarms, like with any deodorant, wait an hour or so before applying.
If you are switching to natural deodorant for the first time, you may experience a detox period as your body transitions and restores its PH and underarm health. This detox period could last up to two weeks and may include odour, redness or rash. To help with the detox process, we recommend using Earths Purities detox a pit, which is designed to draw out toxins and heavy metals, and correct bacterial imbalances that cause odour and irritation.
Some people may develop a rash after using a deodorant containing bi carb soda, so to avoid this try using a mix of arrowroot powder and corn starch instead. These are both light weight and highly absorbent, and seem to work better for those with sensitive skin. Arrowroot is also gluten free.
You can find all of the raw ingredients for this DIY natural deodorant online and at our four Brisbane stores:
- Brisbane City: 33 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
- Paddington: 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
- Balmoral: 216 Riding Road, Balmoral
- Indooroopilly: Level 3, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (towards the Myer end)