This week I’m going to give you a challenge – try making and using your own deodorant. This is a zero waste strategy that I started about two years ago and I haven’t looked back. I was super skeptical at first but this recipe got me through the hottest days of summer better than most off- the-shelf deodorants.

So why DIY deodorant? There a few reasons:

  1. Less waste. Plastic applicators are an example of single use products that accumulate in our landfills. The DIY approach means you can use one of those amazing mason jars you’ve been saving up!
  2. Save money. This recipe literally costs pennies a day. It’s so much cheaper than off-the-shelf options.
  3. Go scentless! Or choose your own scent. No more baby powder scented armpits! (Unless you love that smell, in which case you can add your own 🙂 )
  4. Less toxic chemicals. I know, I know: Everything is a chemical. But if I can’t pronounce it and I don’t need to put it in or on my body, I figure that’s a good thing, right?

Without further ado, here is my super simple, zero-waste-friendly deodorant recipe (with credit to Wellness Mama).

  • 6 tbsps of coconut oil
  • 4 tbsps of baking soda
  • 4 tbsps of cornstarch
  • essential oils, if you want

Mix em together and you’re done. I apply by putting a little on my finger and rubbing it in my armpit. I’ve seen fancy wooden applicator spoons if you feel better taking that approach.

As a note, I’ve heard that some people have a bad reaction to the baking soda. If you see a rash developing, try a new batch with half the amount of baking soda. 

Here are other recipes out there that you could give a try (spoiler, they are all super similar):

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