In my latest quest to become less of a consumer, I’ve been searching for a good homemade deodorant recipe to try.
I think I’ve found a good one…
1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5-6 drops Tea Tree Oil
5-6 drops Lavender Oil
This mixture makes a paste that you rub into your skin with your fingers.
Product Review: Written by my sister.
Since Kendra didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand (and I did), we decided that I should go ahead and try it out then give a review.
I have tried several natural brands from the health food stores, but they were never a raving success (according to my husband :)). So, I was excited to try again to see if perhaps this would work.
Let me say that, first of all, no homemade deodorant is going to measure up with Secret, Sure or whatever top brand is out there. It just won’t. Those deodorants have chemicals that the natural D.O.’s don’t have and that’s why they work so well. If you want to say goodbye to the unwanted chemicals, then you have to make a compromise.
That being said, here is my humble review:
- If you are used to a clean swipe in the underarm with a D.O. stick, this may be too messy for you. The “mixture” is liquid-y so you have to scoop it out with your fingers and rub it. I didn’t mind (but I’m not all that picky when it comes to things like this) and just washed my hands afterward.
- I loved the scent of the lavender and tea tree oils! If you aren’t used to aromatherapy or essential oils, the smell may need to grow on you. Fortunately, I grew up around these because of my mom’s use of them, and have come to love the natural scents. They are by no means like the perfumy D.O. smells that we are used to.
- The D.O. did not keep me from sweating (I didn’t completely expect it to), though, it did keep me dryer than I expected and even more so than the store-bought natural D.O.’s did. So I was pleased with the result in that department 🙂
My overall opinion? I was very pleased with it. I’m planning on using it from now on, if that means anything.
I would like to make a note, however. Everyone’s body chemistry is different. So while this worked for me, it may not be as effective for you, and you may need to play around with the measurements a little.
So, there it is!
You might also like to try Lindsay’s homemade deodorant recipe. Looks like a good one!
Do you have a favorite homemade deodorant recipe to share? Have you had any successes or failures with DIY deo? I’d love to hear your experiences!