I’ve learnt that deodorant is easy to make but challenging to know which kind is right for the individual. What is perfect for one person could be ineffective / cause skin irritations for another. On top of all this, a detox from conventional deodorants can make it tricky to judge the effectiveness of natural options.
Blanket rule is to detox for 2 weeks before moving onto a natural deodorant, then assess small samples until the right one presents itself. Zero waste deodorant options that I’ve explored:
- Salt crystal
- Sukin natural deodorant spray
- ACV + witch hazel roll on (DIY)
- Lush powders and bars
- Cornstarch + baking soda + ground rosemary (DIY)
- Coconut oil + baking soda + cornstarch (DIY)
- Multi-purpose balm + baking soda + cornstarch (DIY)
The last one is my winner. It travels well, doesn’t change consistency in extreme weather, is enjoyable to make and most importantly, it works really well for me. No stinky pits! I even like the application of dabbing a little on my finger and rubbing into the pits.
- 1 part baking soda
- 1 part cornstarch
- ~1 part multi-purpose balm
- Essential oils of your choosing
- Combine 1:1 baking soda and cornstarch
- Add essential oils to give it a little boost of perfume.
- Slowly add multi-purpose balm, smooshing it in until the consistency is like putty. Only add as much as you need to get the texture right.
- To apply: Dab a pea-sized amount on your finger and rub into each armpit.
- This deodorant travels well if stored in a small jar or tin.
- Unlike coconut oil, the balm maintains a putty consistency in all weather conditions.