Until we evolve to naturally smell of roses, citrus fruit, or fresh air after a storm, most of us need a daily deodorant fix. Finding one that is both effective and not laden with dubious chemical additives can be a treacherous exercise. As we always prefer caution when it comes to applying any product on our skin (especially frequently), we’ve stocked our Echolife virtual shelves with only natural deodorants – aluminum-free with no added synthetic preservatives.
But that’s not the only option if you want to smell fresh – if you like pottering around your kitchen (whilst not actually cooking), you can make your own all natural deodorant too! We’ve even put together a few links to easy-peasy recipes below to get you started.
The beauty about homemade deodorant (or homemade anything really – face masque, moisturising blend,…) is that you know exactly what you put in, and you can customise it to suit you just right. The recipes below both call for one main ingredient: coconut oil – on top of being full of good fats coconut oil also happens to be anti-bacterial. If you don’t have any coconut oil around the house, reconsider the error of your ways because coconut oil is a multi-purpose all around amazing product: it is a wonderful body moisturiser (that will leave a lingering holiday/paradise scent on your skin), it’s great for your hair as a treatment or to tame frizz, and it also kills the stuff that makes you smell. And you should be cooking with it (did we mention the good fats?).
Take a look here for a simple, no frills natural deodorant recipe – the genius about this one is that you probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry (coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch).
And if you’re feeling a bit more fancy, have a look at Crunchy Betty’s ‘Not a secret homemade deodorant’ – this recipe calls for a few more ingredients (clay – bentonite or other, beeswax, shea butter, and your favourite essential oils), but none that are too hard to find. You have to cure the end result in the freezer so make sure to label it properly – you wouldn’t want anyone mistaking it for a popsicle!
PS: Julie tried a few natural deodorants and shared her thoughts over at Me My Best and I – read what she had to say here and here! Even if you’re not shopping for natural deodorant, read anyway because she’s just a whole lot of fun.
Have you tried natural deodorant? Would you? Do you have a favourite? Share below!
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