10 Natural Deodorants You Can Make at Home

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4 years ago

study suggests that the use of antiperspirants causes alterations in the bacterial colonies of the armpits, creating more bacteria. Although the consequences of using deodorants have not been defined yet, there are people who prefer to look for more natural alternatives to take care of their body or who even try to create their own personal care items at home.

We at Bright Side collected some recipes that could be useful to make your own deodorants in a simple, fast, and practical way. If you’re interested in making this, don’t forget to check with your doctor to find out which one is the best option for your skin type.

1. Eucalyptus deodorant

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup of witch hazel water
  • 25 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • Spray bottle

Witch hazel flower has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as do essential oils, which help prevent the appearance of the bacteria that causes bad odors and even helps remove skin spots.

To make this liquid deodorant at home you should mix the ingredients well inside a previously washed spray bottle.

2. Lavender water and vinegar

You will need:

  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 sprig of lavender
  • 1 cup of water

Lavender is known for its pleasant aroma, but it also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Vinegar also has those properties, however, if applied directly to the skin, it can cause irritation, and that is why water is so important, since it will dilute the ingredients.

In a previously sanitized container, mix the water with the vinegar and the oil drops. Wash the lavender sprig well and add the flowers into the mixture. Let it sit for 10 hours before using it.

3. White clay deodorant

You will need:

  • 50 g of baking soda.
  • 25 ml of coconut oil
  • 50 g of white clay
  • 10 drops of calendula essential oil
  • A glass jar

White clay helps absorb toxins from the skin and heal infections, while calendula essential oil is used in the treatment of skin lesions and as a remedy for inflammation.

Mix the ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture. You can store the product for up to a year if you keep it in a cool, dark, and dry place.

4. Roses and flaxseed lotion

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of rose water
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of distilled water
  • 1 tbsp of flax seeds
  • A glass jar

Rose water is widely used in the cosmetic world thanks to its vitamin C content, which prevents oxidation. On the other hand, flax seeds are capable of helping in the treatment of acne and of retaining hydration in the skin.

Boil the flax seeds in the distilled water for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool. Then strain the solution and add the baking soda and rose water and stir. Store in a glass jar at room temperature.

5. Baking soda and cornstarch

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

Baking soda has antibacterial properties and so does coconut oil, which is also anti-inflammatory and hydrating. Rosemary essential oil can be replaced by any other aroma, although this particular one gives elasticity to the skin.

For its preparation, you should mix the ingredients evenly to get a deodorant paste. Apply moderately and wait a little bit until the oil is absorbed, to retain its effectiveness.

6. Solid vanilla deodorant

You will need:

  • 20 g of beeswax
  • 25 g of shea butter
  • 40 g of sweet almond oil
  • 20 g of zinc oxide
  • 4 vitamin E capsules
  • 3 drops of vanilla essence

Beeswax can improve the skin’s barrier and contains a certain UV protection factor. Zinc oxide protects the skin from bacteria by eliminating bad odors, and vitamin E is known for providing elasticity to the skin.

To prepare this deodorant, melt the beeswax, sweet almond oil, and shea butter in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and pour the liquid mixture into the container. You can use it once it has completely solidified.

7. Citrus deodorant

You will need:

  • 3 tbsp of baking soda
  • Peel of 4 lemons
  • Peel of 3 oranges
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 liter of water

The magnesium found in sea salt can have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, and thanks to their high vitamin C content, citrus peels have antibacterial properties, in addition to having a fresh aroma.

Cut the peels into small pieces and boil in a liter of water for 5 minutes. When finished, strain the water and let it cool. Subsequently, mix with all the ingredients to form a paste that you can pour into a container of your choice. Apply with your fingers.

8. Aloe vera deodorant gel

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp of aloe vera pulp
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of rose water
  • 1 tsp of glycerin

Aloe has various properties that make it one of the best natural options for healthy skin: it keeps skin hydrated and young, and it has healing, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. Glycerin is a powerful moisturizer that protects the skin.

First, mix the lemon juice with the baking soda over heat and bring it to a boil, then add the rose water and remove the pan from the heat source. Let it cool and add the rest of the ingredients. Keep the mixture in a glass jar.

9. Grapefruit deodorant

You will need:

  • 5 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/4 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil

Cornstarch can help keep underarm skin undamaged by friction from clothing or natural body movements. Refreshing grapefruit essential oil energizes and enlightens the senses. In addition to its delicious aroma, it has antibacterial properties.

Mix the ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture and store in a previously cleaned glass jar. You can apply the deodorant using your fingers or with a tongue depressor.

10. Probiotic deodorant

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 probiotic capsules (without refrigeration)
  • 15 drops of sandalwood essential oil

Cocoa butter has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Thanks to its polyphenol content, it can protect the skin from sun damage. Probiotics have antibacterial properties and have favorable effects on the skin, they are anti-inflammatory and can prevent acne.

To prepare this deodorant, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a water bath. Remove from the heat and, when the mixture cools down a little, add the other ingredients. Pour them into a container while they’re still in liquid form, and as soon as the mixture solidifies, you can use it.

Which of these recipes would you like to try? Do you know of any other recipes that we can add to our list? What do you think of natural deodorants? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.


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Nice! Thanks for this. Sometimes my armpits get irritated over some commercial deodorants and these look like a pretty good alternative


The baking soda and lemon is also good for the smell. I mean, it acts like a natural deodorant


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