Living Zero-waste: Homemade Organic Deodorant

If you decide to live a zero-waste lifestyle, you can never find a free-packaged deodorant from stores. With that, the only option available to you is to either create your own deodorant or look for free-packaged Potassium Alum (Tawas) near you. For me, I obviously chose the first alternative because Tawas has never worked for me in the past.

When I first decided to start my Zero-waste Journey, the first product that I created and used is my homemade deodorant. As I was researching for alternatives for store-bought deodorants, I learned that store-bought deodorants contain Aluminum that clogs the armpit pores. Because of this, our armpit cannot release the sweat, in which is the natural way of the armpit’s detoxification. This may cause Cancer and other illnesses. Moreover, the ingredients of homemade deodorants are very easy to find and these deodorants are also very effective in taking stinkiness away!

Please take note that this recipe is not mine. I got this from a Youtuber named Ashley. (Thank you Ashley!) You can check out her DIY deodorant video here.

Without further adieu, let’s start mixing now!

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup of Aluminum-free Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup of Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 cup of frozen or melted Coconut Oil

Steps

  1. Put the 1/4 cup of Baking Soda inside your mixing bowl.
  2. Follow it up with your 1/4 cup of Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder.
  3. Finally, pour your 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil.
  4. Mix it all together until all the ingredients are mixed well. See picture below.

Tips

  • Arrowroot Powder is more skin-friendly than Cornstarch.
    I looked everywhere in Cebu for Arrowroot Powder but I really didn’t find any. I checked online and the prices for Arrowroot Powder is very expensive. That is why, I settled for Cornstarch. But if you can find an Arrowroot Powder, make sure to use it instead of Cornstarch.
  • Baking Soda darkens underarms.
    It is a general knowledge that Baking Soda mixed with your sweat might darken your armpit. This is very common to those who have darker skin tones. If this happens, many people suggest that you use Lemon to lighten up your underarm.
  • Put only a little amount since it goes a long way!
    So only apply a very little amount or any amount that is enough for your underarm to not smell.
  • If temperature is very warm, the deodorant has the tendency to really melt and the particles of the ingredients might separate. With that, make sure to always mix the deodorant well everytime you use it.
  • The fragrance of the Coconut Oil is very strong.
    So, if you don’t want to smell as such all the time, putting only a little amount of the deodorant will help.
  • This is not an antiperspirant, you’ll sweat and sweating is natural and important. So, don’t be shocked!

Pros

  • Package-free
  • Absolutely effective in removing armpit odor
  • Aluminum-free, thus, safe
  • Organic and all-natural
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Coconut Oil has a very strong smell
  • Baking Soda + Your Sweat can darken your underarm

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The benefits of this homemade deodorant out-rules the cons. That is why, I am still using this deodorant. If you are worried of its cons, please check out the “Tips” section and you’ll see that you can absolutely do something about these cons.

I hope you enjoy your cost-effective zero-waste deodorant!
Please don’t forget to share your experience with this deodorant on the comment section! I hope to hear your stories. If you have questions or suggestions, I would gladly read and answer them!

Thank you for reading,
D. M. P.

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