Several natural ingredients you could use in creating your own homemade deodorant and antiperspirant; some are a little bit expensive and others are just sitting in your cupboard. Baking soda is a commonly use product in your kitchen and it does not only in batter mix or baking pastries but it can also be used in your own deodorant recipes.
Baking soda is a substitute product that can prevent continuous sweating in the armpit area. It can surprisingly absorb moisture making it as one of the many popular herbal with antiperspirant property.
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 5 tablespoonfuls of coconut oil
- Your preferred essential oil
- Since we are talking about homemade recipes, it would be better if we are going to do it in an eco-friendly manner. Look for a canister or container that you are not already using. For women, this is going to be easy as you have many cosmetic containers that you do not use anymore. Wash the container and clean all the residues inside it. Dry it out with the use of a towel.
- Pour ¼ cup of your baking soda in the container. There is no specific baking soda that needs to be utilized in this recipe. Any brand of baking soda will do.
- After pouring the baking soda, add the ¼ cup of arrowroot powder. If arrowroot powder is not available, you can substitute it with cornstarch. Arrowroot is more beneficial than cornstarch because it feels more natural on your skin. Nevertheless, if you forgot to purchase arrowroot powder before making this recipe, you can always use cornstarch instead. Cornstarch can be either talc-free or not. These powders lessen the amount of sweat produced. In addition, cornstarch and arrowroot powder tames the irritating effect of baking soda.
- Mix the baking soda and the arrowroot powder or cornstarch very well.
- After mixing both ingredients, pour the five tablespoonfuls of coconut oil. Sometimes coconut oil hardens and when it does, heat it up in low fire until it is completely melted. Cool it down for two to three minutes and pour it in the mixture. Do not pour it abruptly after heating it because it will cook the baking soda or cornstarch.
- Lastly, pour your desired essential oil. This last step is optional but if you would like to add an essential oil, try using tea tree oil as it has an antibacterial effect. So to speak, you are not only creating an antiperspirant deodorant but it also reduces bacterial growth. You can make use of two or four essential oils, depending on your choice. However, you need to research if it is fine to mix these oils and check on the label for concentration value. The number of drops is based on the concentration rate of an essential oil.
- Mix all the ingredients evenly. Once you are done, close the lid and start using it after taking a bath.
Checking on all possible ingredients to make your own homemade recipe is more convenient and less harmful than buying chemically made products. Try this recipe at home and see the difference within few weeks. However, please continue reading below to know few helpful tips about homemade deodorant.
Given the fact that body odor cannot be stopped because secretion of sweat is a normal part of our body processes. It is one way of secreting the unwanted remnants in our system; but what we can control is the smell of the body odors produced. We all know that most of the deodorants and antiperspirants available in all local markets contain chemical substances that are harmful to our skin. These compounds can cause skin irritability or even allergies especially if your skin is sensitive.
With the fear of damaging our skin, most homemade recipe practitioners and enthusiasts are continuously creating recipes to substitute these commercialized products. Several pros or dos come along with the homemade recipes. On the other hand, we could not deny the cons or don’ts of it as well.
The Do’s of Using Homemade Deodorant
Using all-natural deodorant that contains any of the following: lavender, tea tree oil or peppermint will prevent or reduce the growth of bacteria because these organic ingredients have certain antibacterial or antimicrobial properties.
It is indeed true that salt crystals are a no-no but it really depends on how you make use of them. These crystals are highly suggested for individuals who do not sweat a lot. To make the salt crystals work; mix it with a homemade talc powder or with another homemade deodorant.
In making your own recipes, stick with simple all-natural ingredients. Some of it can be found at your own home and others are commonly offered at your local stores. Not all of these ingredients are affordable especially if we are talking about essential oils. So always, make use of what is readily available on your end.
If you would like to use alcohol as a base ingredient of your homemade deodorant, DO NOT use Isopropyl alcohol because it is scientifically proven that it has adverse effects on your skin. Instead, try using high-proofed Ethyl alcohol.
Always check on the label of the organic ingredients you are going to use. You have to identify if the ingredient is highly concentrated or not, as it might hurt or sting when you are going to use it, specifically if your armpits are newly shaved.
Even if the ingredients are organic, not all is a match with your skin type. In order to prevent any skin irritation or damage, do a skin test first and see if there are any negative reactions.
The Don’ts of Using Homemade Deodorant
It is necessary to be patient in using homemade deodorants. Do not stop after 3 days of usage because you have to let your skin adapt to the changes. Your skin is accustomed with chemical components from the regular deodorant you have been using for years. It takes time to balance it out.
Do not apply baking soda directly to your skin; look for homemade recipes that require specific ingredients to be mixed with baking soda.
It is better to use homemade recipes for your underarm problems however these alternatives will not help unless you take a bath or apply the guidelines for proper hygiene.
Any tips or homemade recipes you’re willing to share? Drop a comment or link your blog, Lovelies. Thanks for a weekend Pinay Time with me. 🙂 ❤