When you decide to create DIY products at home, the first desire is often to make an effective and natural deodorant. However, the recipes you come across online are often baking soda-based, which might be too aggressive for sensitive and delicate skin. It is possible to get around this obstacle and prepare a great DIY vegan deodorant without baking soda. Taking advantage of the antimicrobial and sweat-absorbing properties of certain ingredients, it will be easy to create our own DIY deodorant without baking soda.
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How to make natural deodorant without baking soda
In zero waste deodorant recipes, the use of baking soda is a must. But you can also create a simple variation without having to use it.
Before I show you the recipe and directions for making it, I want to make a few assumptions.
As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think there are any harmful deodorants on the market or to be afraid of. For that very reason, I too have used several supermarket deodorants. The performance, however, has not totally satisfied me so, taking advantage of my passion for creating DIY products, I decided to make one at home. My recipe is NOT meant to be a safer alternative to commercial deodorant. My goal is to make my own deodorant at home, have fun creating it, avoid buying products contained in plastic containers, and save a little something. That’s it!
DIY vegan deodorant: Ingredients
The basic ingredient in this deodorant is coconut oil. Coconut oil is often chosen as the main ingredient in homemade deodorants because it is rich in saturated fatty acids and in particular lauric acid (C12:0). This fatty acid has been the focus of many scientific studies that have found it to have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties (read more). In addition to these properties, I often use it to take advantage of its delicate coconut scent and thus avoid adding fragrances or essential oils that could irritate underarms. In this case, less is more.
Shea butter is also rich in nutrients and fatty acids that help moisturize and nourish the skin.
Cornstarch, on the other hand, helps absorb sweat ensuring we stay cool. NB# It does not reduce sweating or odor, it only absorbs sweat.
Heat them for a few minutes in the microwave or bain-marie until completely melted
Gradually add the cornstarch and stir to combine
Pour our deodorant into a container and leave it for 24 hours
The deodorant is ready to use. To apply it all you need to do is take a little bit and apply it to your underarms. With only three ingredients we have created a deodorant at home. Simple and fast to make.