The Old Barn Homestead
April 20, 2016 by Marci LaFavers
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What you need to make your own DIY deodorant:
DIY Deodorant and Our Review
1) One 3 oz refillable glass (not plastic) spray bottle or whatever size you prefer. It's best to use one with dark glass because essential oils shouldn't get direct light. Shop glass spray bottles here.
2) A grain alcohol like gin, vodka, or Everglear (Do not use rubbing alcohol as it can become toxic when used for a long period of time).
3) Tea Tree Essential Oil. You can add other essential oils, but the tea tree oil is an antibacterial that kills bacteria that causes odors. I wouldn't skip this oil, but additional oils could be added for different scents. I like to add sandlewood or lavender to mine for scent. Other examples of antibacterial essential oils to combat odor are peppermint, tea tree, lavender, or lemon. For excessive perspiration, try lemongrass or litsea cubeba.
4) Funnel to pour liquid in bottle.
5) Dropper or 1/8 tsp measuring spoon.
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When I first heard of homemade deodorant I wasn't convinced it would work at all. I found several recipes, and the one that most turned me off was the deodorant made with coconut oil. I don't care for wearing the coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch mix. I wanted something lighter, that wouldn't cake up under my arms. I also really wanted a simple recipe that I can mix up in a few minutes. Some of these recipes were a little time consuming, and that's just not where I wanted to spend my time. There are a lot of people who like the coconut oil recipe, but it just wasn't for me.
Store brand deodorants are full of chemicals and can be harmful over time. This is the reason I wanted to find a DIY deodorant recipe. I found one, and my husband and I have been using it for a while now. We've used in the winter and we've used it during the warmer weather too. Winter months it worked great! My husband's job is physical and at first he said it wasn't working, but the more he used it the better it seemed to work for him. I use it daily and it works great for me. The only time I have used the store bought again was when I knew I might be very nervous at a function. I don't really think I needed it but it was a just-in-case decision. I do a lot of work outdoors, gardening and taking care of our animals, and whether I am wearing store bought or DIY deodorant I'm going to sweat, so I choose to use the DIY deodorant to avoid those harmful chemicals. I believe that for me this homemade deodorant works better controlling odor than the store bought deodorant.
It is actually good for your body to sweat and it's not healthy to have your pores clogged by an antiperspirant on a daily basis. Sweating is how your body releases toxins. We now use this DIY deodorant daily and we really like it. It only contains two necessary ingredients... tea tree essential oil and a grain alcohol/high proof liquor. Both the alcohol and tea tree kill the bacteria that causes odors when you sweat. The huge plus for me was that it doesn't stain your clothes, and it's clear so no worries when wearing sleeveless dress or blouse. You have to keep in mind that this is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant. You might want to break out the store bought antiperspirant/deodorant if you need to make sure you don't sweat while giving a speech or going for a big job interview. Of course, this will depend on your body type and if you are one who tends to sweat more when nervous.
Fill your glass bottle to the neck of bottle, then add 10 drops or approximately 1/8 tsp of Tea Tree essential oil (or whichever oil you prefer) to every one ounce of alcohol. (3oz would need 30 drops) Then you may add your preference of oils for scent, or you can split the amount of drops with one of the other antibacterial oils mentioned above.
That's it! It's a very quick, simple, and inexpensive recipe that can be mixed together in minutes and we think it works very well.
I need to mention that in the beginning I only used the gin and the tea tree oil and we experienced no skin irritation problems. Later, I mixed gin, tea tree oil, and lavender oil, and my husband said it was burning and irritating his skin. So, be aware that you may have to find an individual balance of the essential oil types and amounts depending on your skin sensitivity. We now have "HIS" and "HERS" bottles.
I recommend giving this DIY deordorant a try even if you don't use it everyday. Use it when you can, like during the cooler months and/or your days off when just hanging around the house. This gives your body a break from the chemicals that are found in the store brand deodorants.