Homemade deodorant is an expert-level green idea. Made of only good and natural ingredients from your own kitchen, you can feel proud that you are not spreading cancer-causing chemicals on your delicate skin each morning. But does it work?
- Better for the Earth — not made in a factory
- Better for you — no sketchy chemicals soaking into your skin
- Saves money — cost is about $2 a “stick”
- Messy – can get on hands, bathroom shelf, etc and can be hard to clean
- Requires a couple of minutes of undressed time to dry after application
- May not be ideal for hot weather climates — product can get melty
- Not an antiperspirant — wet armpits are a common occurrence
- Odor protection for roughly 8 hours — BO starts around 3 PM
I mixed up a bowl of this after realizing that I had all the necessary ingredients in my kitchen cupboards. While it was still a little soft, I filled it into an old deodorant canister in hopes I could phase into using it with no big changes to my morning routine. Others have put it into a jar to scoop it out with their finger, but I didn’t really want to get it under my long fingernails if I didn’t have to.
The first couple of days using it went smoothly. I propelled a bit up in the stick, let it sit against my armpit to soften for a second, and then smoothed it over. The product itself felt oily and a little gritty as the coconut oil and cornstarch never really formed a smooth texture. After a couple of minutes it dried and I finished getting dressed.
The biggest difference I noticed was that my armpits always seemed to be a bit damp. I accepted this as normal and expected as I had previously been using a name brand antiperspirant. I smell-checked often in those first days and noted mostly a faint scent of coconut and lavender (I had added a few drop to the batch). There was a limit though, and BO started faintly coming through after about 8 hours. By the next morning, before my shower, the smell of moldy stinky cheese burgers had taken up residence under my arms. Yikes! I do not recommend using homemade deodorant when you sleep over at a friend’s, if you know what I mean!
The showstopper for me on this was the increasing mess it made in my bathroom. Each morning as I showered and my bathroom got warm and steamy, the deodorant would soften a bit causing the oil parts to rise, and the powder parts to sink a little in the stick canister. Soon the top layer of the stick was mostly oil with none of the starchy phase in it. I started having to dig into the stick with my fingers for a chunk, then hold that chunk against my pit to soften, and smooth it around bare handed. Then I had a leftover chuck and very greasy fingers to clean up. Yuck. The product in the stick also melted and leaked out the bottom, leaving a not-so-nice oil stain on the bathroom shelf. (Sorry landlord!)
Overall this was a fun little idea, but with the bathroom mess and potential for BO before the end of the workday, I could not bring myself to finish the batch.
Have you tried making home-made deodorant? Did it work for you? Did I do something wrong? Please share your thoughts and ideas below!