My Beauty Independence is about to start, 1 July! And I’m a bit excited. For six months nothing but the homemade will touch this skin (except for sunscreen and mascara) and I’ll be sharing it on social media with #beautyindependence
One slight hitch, ahem, deodorant. Sadly, my homemade perfumes won’t cut it.
Just quietly, I’ve been considering running around the streets doing the chicken dance and subjecting the world to my own biological warfare… Okay, maybe not the best way to win friends and influence people.
My DIY deodorant recipe wanderings around the internet and library book perusals have taken me to some exciting and curious places… On the whole, there seem to be three main categories:
1. The absorbent deodorant paste/stick – essential oils to smell nice and absorbent material, like clay, diatomous earth or alkaline salt to soak up the not-so-nice smelliness, some even like to throw some probiotics in to help the good bugs fight the smelly bugs.
The paste/stick option is the closest to an anti-perspirant replacement, not that it works the same way, but seems to be the longer lasting of the 3 main options.
Crunchy Betty is the queen of the paste/stick arena and has an apple cider rinse to help if people suffer an irritation to the alkalinity of this type of deodorant. The rinse doesn’t help everyone, according to the chats I’ve had with some lovely people on Instagram, but worth a shot.
The other issue people have mentioned in my chats is that coconut oil can stain clothes over the long run. This seems to be when coconut oil is the main ingredient. So, I was curious to see if I could reduce these potential issues and am trialling a recipe with reduced coconut oil and some vitamin C (naturally slightly acidic) to minimise the irritation. So far it’s worked better than I expected and I’ll share the recipe soon. Hopefully it’ll help some people.
So far, I’m finding the spray isn’t a long lasting option, but useful as a handbag-ready and stealthy stink assassin. Everyone is different, so it’s worth trying a few different options. I’m keen to try this clever one by Wellness Mama, using magnesium oil.
3. Deodorant powder – I know a lot of people really like powders. I’m a bit uncoordinated and always seem to put powder everywhere except where I want it, leaving my bathroom ripe for some killer snowboard tracks, but my underarms completely bare. Although, using a powder puff helped.
I liked this straightforward powder recipe on Homemade Experiment. You could add some essential oils if you wanted to pretty it up.
Ahem, if you don’t want to make your own, this is the one that gets rave reviews: Black Chicken However, it is a bicarb paste so if you’ve had troubles with alkaline salt irritation then this probably won’t help.
In summary, your honour
If you are considering making your own deodorant be prepared for an adventure, because every body is different. You might be lucky and hit gold straight up or you may not succeed at all, even after several trips into the unknown, but I really think it’s worth at least trying and actually quite fun.
What are your thoughts and experiences? I’d love to hear.