There is a chance that you have experienced having body odor at some point in time. It is embarrassing, but it is an issue you have to deal with. After all, you don’t want it to happen again.
Eating a healthy diet and keeping yourself hydrated can really minimize odor, but oftentimes, you need extra help. The commercial deodorant does work, but check the ingredients and you will see that there are so many additives in it, including aluminum, parabens, triclosan, and propylene glycol. These substances may cause cancer and have a huge effect on your heart and liver.
The Best Deodorant Alternative
The good news is you don’t have to settle for the chemical-laden deodorant you’re using now. What’s really great about this recipe is that it just has a few ingredients. Plus, it is all natural and can help soothe the skin. You’ll also love the fact that you can make it smell just the way you like it. Here are the ingredients:
- ¼ cup baking soda
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
- ¼ cup cornstarch
You will also need an empty container where you will keep your deodorant. Optional ingredients are vitamin E for smoother skin and any essential oil you want for the aroma you want.
With the ingredients above all gathered up, here are the very simple steps you need to follow:
- In a bowl, mix cornstarch and baking powder together.
- This step is optional and only if you will use essential oils. If not, skip this part where you simply add the essential oils of your choice. You can use one, two, or any combination – it’s all up to you.
- Add the coconut oil (recommended: coconut oil with high melting point).
- Same with number 2, skip this if you won’t use vitamin E. Just add a few drops of the vitamin into the mixture.
- Mush all the ingredients until you have something silky.
- You can add more of the coconut oil or the cornstarch and baking soda if the texture isn’t as silky as you think.
- Pack in the clean container you have and you’re done!
You should wait at least a day before using the homemade deodorant. After that, you can apply it on your underarms liberally. Note though that this is just a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, so you will still sweat after you use this. Odor is due to bacteria in your armpits, not by your sweat. Use essential oils that are antimicrobials to remove the bacteria. Some great examples are tea tree, lavender, and sandalwood.