Today’s post is written by Becky from Sweetness & Pea, a lovely website which sources beautiful Eco-friendly products which also has great ethics. All the products stocked have ethical manufacturing processes and source materials from sustainable sources. I asked Becky if she would like to write a post about how to make deodorant at home, thankfully she loved the idea! So over to Becky…
I never used to be environmentally conscious. I was that person that would chuck it in the bin where it was out of sight rather than take the time to put it into the recycling bin. That is something that makes me thoroughly ashamed. So, how did I get from having an “It’s not my problem” attitude to making my on deodorant and being a full-on ‘Crunchy Mama’?!
It all started with the birth of my son and my venture into the world of cloth nappies. I become more conscious of where that piece of rubbish goes when it’s thrown into the rubbish bin rather than being recycled. As my awareness grew so my need for environmentally friendly products spiralled – reusable wet wipes, menstrual cups and a slight obsession with recycling and reducing the waste produced by my household.
I began exploring the effect products like SLS have on the body and how devastating the palm oil industry is on the environment. This lead to a switch in all of my skin and beauty product to natural and cruelty free options. I stumbled across an article about homemade deodorant and to be quite frank, I was sceptical. Can something knocked up in my kitchen reduce perspiration and eliminate body odour? I figured it was worth a shot, I had plenty of spare pots left over from By Heather May tea light candles and kept all the necessary ingredients in my cupboards.
So I got busy rustling up this deodorant and began using it. Initially, it took a bit of time for my body to adjust. It had been used to a concoction of chemicals applied every day for over 15 years so, there was a period of time in the beginning where I smelt more than normal and seemed to perspire more than usual but, if you can get through this phase, the benefits are well worth it. Two years on, my arm pits feel smoother, ingrowing hairs from waxing and/or shaving are a thing of the past, I sweat considerably less and often smell like tropical holidays!
How to make Deodorant
What would you need to make this natural deodorant?
- 6 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 4 tbsp Baking Powder
- 4 tbsp Corn flour
- Essential oils (optional – lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemongrass work well!)
Add the coconut oil to the baking powder and corn flour (sieve the dry ingredients to create a smooth deodorant). I find the best way to mix together is to use the back of a table spoon to soften the coconut oil against the side of a bowl and incorporate the dry ingredients. You can melt the coconut oil and mix in the baking powder and corn flour but I find this often results in the dry ingredients sinking the bottom of the container as it hardens.
Add essential oils if required. Place into a jar or container and use as required. On application I use about a 5p piece size of the paste and rub under each arm pit.
Science isn’t my strong point so I will give you a basic idea of why this deodorant works. The coconut oil has mild anti bacteria properties so will keep odour causing bacteria at bay without stripping your body of the good bacteria that we all need. The baking powder helps to eliminate odours by balancing the pH levels of in your body. Corn flour helps to absorb any moisture leaving you feeling dry.