DIY Deodorant

Logan and I stopped using antiperspirant a number of years ago. There were a few different reasons, but mostly it just seemed that sweating was a natural function that probably shouldn’t be turned off. The funny thing is, once we switched to straight deodorant, it seemed like we actually stopped sweating as much! Anyway, recently we’ve been having a hard time finding plain deodorant, especially that doesn’t irritate the skin on our underarms. One day, Logan said, “I wish there was something that was deodorant and lotion mixed together.” And that’s when it occurred to me…we could do that! I’d recently read this article which made me think a simple recipe could produce a kind of minimalist daily deoderant. Now, here’s what we do:

Put a dab of lotion (it has to be high quality and mild, like this lotion) or coconut oil in your palm. Sprinkle it with baking soda. Mix together until it forms a smooth paste (you may need to add a bit more oil or baking soda to get the consistency right), then rub onto your underarms.

Simple as that. Here’s what we’ve found ::

  • It works great. Our armpits don’t smell for at least 24 hours. I usually only put it on every 48 hours.
  • We don’t sweat any more or less than before.
  • Our armpits aren’t irritated anymore, but feel soft and smooth. 
  • It’s so easy to mix the little potion in the morning, that we rarely miss having the convenience of a tube for dispensing. When we travel, we bring along the ingredients in travel sized containers.
  • Recently, we performed the ultimate test on our homemade deodorant. Logan went on a middle school weekend retreat where he had to sleep on the floor, in his clothes, without showering, then get up and spend the rest of the day with the kids. Late that night, when he was home and ready to shower away all the grime, he actually came back out of the bathroom to say that his armpits still smelled squeaky clean! Kind of a miracle, wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, would you ever try a DIY deodorant? What about other skin care products? Do you use the No Poo method? Any success?  

(Photo of Brit McDaniel’s studio)

Posted by Aanna on Monday, February 24th, 2014

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