Making your own homemade natural deodorant is a healthier alternative to store-bought options, plus recipes are completely customizable, inexpensive, and free from harmful ingredients. It doesn’t take much to make your own deodorant, and most (if not all) of the ingredients can be found in your garden or pantry.

A few common chemical ingredients are found in deodorants and antiperspirants, including aluminum, diethanolamine, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, steareths, triclosan, and triethanolamine, which are linked by research to several medical conditions, including cancer and reproductive development issues.

  • ALUMINUM: an ingredient that clogs your pores to prevent sweating. Aluminum exposure is linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and disrupts estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.
  • DEA and TEA: Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) may seep into your skin and harm your liver and kidneys, and they are banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.
  • PARABENS: a chemical preservative shown to mimic estrogen, interfering with your body’s hormone production. Thankfully, many deodorant and antiperspirant brands have phased out parabens.
  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL: If used daily, it may damage your central nervous system, heart, and liver. It also irritates your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of up to 50% propylene glycol.
  • PHTHALATES: plasticizers are linked to ADHD, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, breast cancer, obesity, reproductive development disorders, male fertility issues, and many more problems. The US Congress banned some phthalates in children’s toys. Harmful phthalates have also been banned in California and the EU.
  • STEARETHS: ethoxylation products (weakening of harsh chemicals during manufacturing), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.
  • TRICLOSAN: an antibacterial that may create the carcinogenic gas chloroform when mixed with water. In studies on animals, triclosan altered hormone regulation. Studies show triclosan may contribute to creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Commercial deodorants use chemicals, including aluminum, that clog your armpit’s pores and inhibit your body’s natural sweating and detoxing processes.

After switching away from those chemical products, it does take a while for your body to adjust, meaning you may be stinky for anywhere from a few days to a few months. There is no exact timeframe because everyone’s body is different.

Because of this detox need, I highly recommend you do your armpit detox during the colder winter months. Also, consider using bentonite clay (like this face mask recipe) or activated charcoal on your armpits to help through the process. There are also a few tips to reduce sweating you can use to make your homemade deodorant more effective.

  1. Use a double boiler to melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil.
  2. Once all three ingredients are completely melted, remove them from the heat to cool.
  3. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils to the melted oils and beeswax.
  4. Mix well and carefully pour them into a deodorant container.
  • 3 ounces Magnesium Oil (or Milk of Magnesia)
  • 1-ounce Distilled Water
  • 10–15 drops of your favorite essential oils or a mixture
  • A 4-ounce or larger glass spray bottle

Make the magnesium oil, if you’re using homemade magnesium oil. Pour the magnesium oil into a glass spray bottle and add essential oils.

To use: spray a small amount on your underarms and rub in gently. Let dry for about 5 seconds.

Note: When applying magnesium to your skin, you may feel a tingling sensation. This may happen right after shaving or if you are low on magnesium. The tingling or mild stinging should subside after a few days the more you use it.

Make the witch hazel, if needed. Pour the witch hazel and water into a glass spray bottle and add essential oils.

To use: spray a small amount on your underarms and rub in gently. Let dry for about 5 seconds.

Note: Stinging can sometimes occur if used right after shaving or if you are low on magnesium. This should subside after a few days.

These DIY essential oil blends are perfect to use for homemade men’s deodorant:

There are quite a few essential oil blends you can use to create your own perfect smelling DIY deodorant without having to count individual drops of oils and experiment with making your own blend or just not getting it quite right.

Will I still sweat while using natural deodorants?

Remember, sweating is a very good thing! Sweating is your body’s natural way of purging toxins through your skin. If you block the sweat glands from sweating by using antiperspirants, you’re interfering with your body’s natural process of elimination, which can lead to increased infections.

Even though you will still sweat when using this spray deodorant, the ACV, witch hazel, hydrosols, and essential oils will all kill the bacteria, keeping you feeling and smelling fresh.

** For tips to reduce sweating, scroll down **

If I use Apple Cider Vinegar, will I smell like it?

No! This is something that’s important to me, too. Who wants to smell like ACV?! The essential oils overpower the ACV so the only thing you’ll smell like is the lovely, refreshing essential oil blend that you used.

How long will my natural deodorant keep me smelling fresh?

Under normal conditions, AFTER you’ve detoxed, it will typically last all day for us.

If you perspire a lot or are far more physically active (like when working on your garden in the summer or working out in your fitness routine), you may need to use it twice a day.

If you’re finding that your natural homemade deodorant still is lacking in some stink-minimizing power, switch out the water with 100-proof or higher clear alcohol.

How long can I store my homemade deodorant?

If you’re making a batch in bulk to limit the number of times you need to make deodorant, I don’t recommend making more than a 6-month supply, storing it in a cool, dry place or the refrigerator, and don’t plan to keep it longer than a year.

Sweating is good for your body. It helps cool your body and naturally eliminates toxins from your body. Ideally, you should do something every day to work up a sweat. However, if you’re sweating excessively when you shouldn’t be, try these natural solutions to help reduce it, naturally.

After you shower, wait a few minutes before getting dressed, especially if you take hot showers or live in a hot, humid climate. Allow your body to cool and dry before you put on clothes to prevent your underarms from sweating right away.

Hair holds moisture, so shaving your underarm hair may help reduce the moisture held in your armpits.

Yes! Your diet can impact how much you sweat! And some foods can cause your body to produce more sweat than others. If you feel like you’re sweating too much, reducing or eliminating sweat-inducing foods and drinks in your diet could help.

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine, including coffee
  • Complex carbohydrates, including breads and pastas
  • Meats and other heavy proteins
  • Processed foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Sugar

Cigarettes, while not a food or drink, are also known for increasing your body’s sweat response.

Some foods may reduce the amount of sweat your body produces and calm overactive sweat glands. When looking to reduce sweat through your diet, focusing on foods that won’t tax your digestive system is essential.

Foods rich in magnesium and calcium are great for helping reduce sweating

  • Bananas
  • Diary/Cheese
  • Flax
  • Oats
  • Pumpkin
  • Sesame seeds
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potaotes

Drinking more water and green tea are also beneficial to reducing your sweating.

Drinking plenty of water and eating foods with a high water content can keep your body cool and prevent excessive underarm sweating.

Wearing tight clothes, especially outfits that are snug beneath your arms, may trap warmer and more humid air in your armpit area and cause underarm stains to form on your shirt. Tight clothes may also cause you sweat more. Instead, try wearing lighter, more breathable fabrics that fit more loosely. I love wearing loose-fitting linen and cotton clothes because they feel better and cooler, especially in the summer or in warmer climates.

Drinking caffeinated beverages stimulates your nervous system and causes your blood pressure and heart rate to rise, which increases sweating.

Instead, switch over to drinking green tea, and using other natural means to increase your energy naturally.

Homemade deodorant is a great way to remove toxins from your home and personal care products, enabling you to live healthier with peace of mind that what you put on your body won’t hurt you, while providing your body with the benefits of the natural (or even home-grown) ingredients.

While the detox period takes some time for your body to rebalance and get used to not using aluminum and other harsh chemicals, the transition period is absolutely worth it. My biggest tip: transition from commercial deodorant to homemade or nontoxic options during the winter when you’re sweating less, and apply a couple times a day if needed. Also, using a clay mask is helpful to detox your pits.

Check out more DIY recipes here

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