While looking for deodorizing options that lacked potentially harmful chemicals, I found a lot of options (Deodorant- Fresh Today, Cancer Tomorrow?).
All the store bought options, however, still had a long list of ingredients and came in plastic containers that I’d eventually have to throw away. So, I decided I’d try and make my own deodorant using only a handful of ingredients that I knew and trusted.
Now I originally thought this idea was pretty ‘hippy’, which I tend to shy away from but I am all about DIY, saving money, and saving the environment so I started looking for recipes for deodorant.
In searching the web I found many deodorant recipes that were very similar. The recipe I ended up using was from Wellness Mama.
The original recipe called for essential oils in general, but I saw a great opportunity to not only add a pleasant scent but add a natural antimicrobial!
Many essential oils are known for their antimicrobial qualities and have been long used in traditional medicine. I, however, wanted to make sure that I selected an essential oil that was going to be most effective in controlling the odor causing microbes living in my armpits. I headed to the literature and found that thyme, origanum, mint, cinnamon, sage, and clove possessed the strongest antimicrobial qualities.
Of those choices, I narrowed it down to mint, cinnamon, and clove. I thought thyme, origanum, or sage would make me smell too much like food. I then spent more than thirty minutes looking like a weirdo sniffing sample bottles of mint, cinnamon, and clove oil to finally decide on clove for my deodorant.
Clove has a sweet and spicy quality that is both earthy and fruity. I thought it would make a nice manly deodorant. As a bonus, I later found out that clove is believed by some to be an aphrodisiac. Screw AXE, I’ve got clove.
How Well Did My Homemade Deodorant Work?
How did 5 simple ingredients stand against my man stank?
Really well. I tested out the homemade deodorant for a week with zero problems.
I biked all over town and had several very intense workouts, yet the deodorant did its job.
It was a little weird, however, to keep my deodorant in the fridge. Yes, I refrigerated the deodorant. I was afraid that if left out, room temperature would soften the deodorant too much and make it extremely messy to apply.
How did the clove oil smell once in the deodorant? Excellent. The clove oil didn’t completely overpower the deodorant so I didn’t smell like a giant clove. Once I worked up a little sweat though, the oil was aromatized and gave just the slightest earthy scent.
Overall, my homemade deodorant experiment was a success. If you want to have a simple deodorant that will keep you fresh, this might be your best bet yet not all deodorants work the same for everyone.
How to Make It- Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 3 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
- 5 Drops Clove Essential Oil
- Melt the shea butter and coconut oil. I did this by creating a double boiler by placing a mason jar in a pan of boiling water. The goal here is to melt the two oils, which are solid at room temperature. Melt, not heat to the point where you can fry things in oil mixture. Once I saw that the oils were melting, I cut the heat and allowed the hot water to slowly melt the oils over a few minutes.
- You could also throw the oils in the microwave to melt them. Just don’t over do it.
- Remove the oil mixture from the heat and add baking soda and arrowroot powder.
- Mix. I found a fork to be the ideal tool for breaking up clumps and getting a smooth mixture.
- Add 5 drops of clove essential oil and fold completely into the liquid deodorant mixture.
- Pour into a small glass or steal container for storage and place in your fridge. After the mixture is completely solid, it is ready to use. You’ll likely have to keep it in your fridge though to make sure it doesn’t get too soft to be easily applied to your underarms.
- Apply daily after bathing, enjoy non toxic odor protection, and be ready to fight off all the people turned on by your manly clove scent.