Yes, I know: Deodorant isn’t food.  But we use it daily, applied directly to our largest organ – our skin.  Avoiding parabens, aluminum-based compounds, colours, talc and other additives is a no brainer.  The hard part however is finding a natural deodorant that actually works, especially if you’re active, or on the go 24/7 chasing little ones around!

I’ve used natural skin care products for years, and I’ve tried next to every brand of natural shampoo, skin care, make-up and deodorant on the market.  Until recently, I found few options that lived up to expectation.  I’ve also tried making my own skin care products with varied success.

Recently a friend passed along a simple recipe so I thought I’d give it another try, and success!   The recipe works just as well as conventional anti-perspirant or deodorants and takes under 2 minutes to whip together.   Ingredients are cheaper that store bought options, so all in all it’s a win-win.

If you’re curious about trying a natural deodorant or anti perspirant, give this recipe a try!

And stay tuned: my girlfriends routinely ask for my ‘best picks’ of natural skin care products, so I thought I’d share them on the blog too: Shampoo, Make up, Skin care favourites up next!

Natural Deodorant

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder/flour
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp (roughly 1/4 cup) softened coconut oil
  • 1/4 Tsp essential oils.  5 drops tea tree (for anti bacterial properties) + 10-20 drops Total of either patchouli, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, vanilla, bergamot, or any favorite essential oil.

Instructions

1. Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch.
2. Add four tablespoons melted coconut oil and mix with a fork. Continue adding coconut oil until the deodorant reaches your preferred consistency.
3. Transfer mixture to a jar with a tight fitting lid.

To Use

Apply a small amount to underarms with your fingertips as needed. If the deodorant becomes too liquid, place in fridge for an hour or so to harden.