DIY chemical-free deodorant, stinky-girl tested and approved

Feb 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Ignorance is bliss, and especially so when it comes to beauty products. The possible health risks associated with the aluminum and parabens in deodorant are scary enough to make me consider the most granola of under arm products. When a friend recently shared that she’d had great luck with a natural deodorant, I told her I’d be the real test of that.

With my sweaty self, and non-feminine smelling pits, I knew that if a “natural” deodorant works for me, it would work for anyone. So, I set out to test her ultra-simple recipe. I concocted it, applied it before bed and didn’t reapply the next morning. I did a tough workout video. It preserved. I was pretty damn astounded. The ingredients are so simple and most importantly, not harmful!

DIY chemical-free deodorant: Supplies
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You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch (optional for antiperspirant effect)
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • Microwave-safe bowl or pitcher
  • Funnel
  • Storage container, either a small jar or empty deodorant container

Directions: 

Step 1:

DIY chemical-free deodorant: Step 1
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First, place equal parts coconut oil and baking soda in your microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute.

Step 2:

DIY chemical-free deodorant: Step 2
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Stir your mixture until well incorporated and you no longer feel the grittiness of baking soda. Add optional corn starch if you choose to.

Step 3:

DIY chemical-free deodorant: Step 3
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Add 1 drop of lavender essential oil. You may substitute tea tree or peppermint oil for this. I prefer lavender for its scent and antibacterial properties.

Step 4:

Mix once more.

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Step 5:

DIY chemical-free deodorant: Step 5
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Carefully use your pitcher or funnel to pour into your desired storage container. A small jar is fine if you’d like to apply it like a balm or you can funnel into an empty deodorant container. I prefer a jar.

Step 6:

DIY chemical-free deodorant: Step 6
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Apply and rest assured that you will not stink! Trust me — I tested it.

You now have a natural, super affordable, toxin-free deodorant. Some have even reported sweating less after consistent use! I know; it’s almost too good to be true. Sometimes, simple really is best.

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