I thought I’d just write out a quick note on homemade deodorant.
To be clear, THIS IS NOT AN ANTI-PERSPIRANT.
People often use the words deodorant and anti-perspirant interchangeably, so I want to clarify that anti-perspirant is a product that stops you sweating and deodorant is something that prevents or hides smell.
Most homemade deodorants are deodorants only, and will not have an anti-perspirant effect. However, there are some ways to get around this.
My recommendation for a homemade deodorant, is a combination of coconut oil (shocker I know!), bicarb and cornflour/arrowroot starch. Some people recommend an essential oil as well, which will smell great and help to prevent your sweat from smelling. However, this would have to be mixed in with your coconut oil, or would have to be part of a whole premixed thing. As a traveller though, and as someone who wants to have as few bottles and jars of things as possible, I recommend carrying ingredients separately, so you can use them for lots of separate things, and therefore, am happy to use just coconut oil. You could definitely have a mixture of coconut oil and an essential oil and still use that for loads of stuff though. Some good, universally good-smelling oils are peppermint, lavender, lemon… Although the choice is yours!
Anyway… Back to the ingredients…
The coconut oil will make sure the other ingredients adhere to your skin, as well as moisturising the area, and will prevent some of the smell.
Bicarb and cornstarch are both very absorbent. They will absorb some of the moisture as a result of sweating, but not all of it! One way to combat this is to reapply the powders every so often.
Make sure to apply this BEFORE getting dressed, otherwise you might get a bunch of bicarb all down your outfit! Although, once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll find the best way to apply it without getting too much all over you!
So, to use as deodorant…
- Spoon out about 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil per underarm, and massage into the skin.
- Shake out the same amount of bicarb onto the palm of your hand and rub it in on each side, then do the same with the cornstarch/arrowroot. You can reapply the bicarb and cornflour/arrowroot during the day if you feel your underarms getting moist. Yea… moist. I don’t know why so many people hate that word. It’s so fun! Moist.
Now, if you have a super-sweaty day, and it will be an issue for you to be sweaty, you could opt for using an anti-perspirant instead, as you may be reapplying the powders a lot. However, if you’re not too bothered, or wearing a sleeveless top, then go for it!