Natural Coconut Oil Deodorant (1 or 2 ingredient recipe)
You may have read the title of this post and thought, you can’t be serious! How can a one-ingredient deodorant work?
I know. I know. We cannot play around when it comes to under arm odor and wetness. We must protect ourselves and those around us. 🙂
Using Coconut Oil as a Deodorant
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has properties that kill odor causing bacteria. Since coconut oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, it naturally kills germs while softening the skin under your arms. Coconut oil is known to be used as a treatment to cure athletes foot, psoriasis and lice. So why not give it a go under the arms!
There are natural deodorants on the market that you can purchase. For years my husband and I have used the Arm and Hammer Essentials deodorant that does not contain aluminum or parabens. This brand is often on sale but the retail price for natural deodorants can run pretty high.
Using coconut oil alone is less expensive and does not contain questionable ingredients.
The next most important question is, does it work? I exercise and sometimes find myself in high stress situations, so I need something that works. Amazingly, coconut oil works great for my body. It is worth giving it try.
You can use coconut oil alone or add baking soda to help control wetness and absorb odor.
That’s right. You only need one or two ingredients!
1. Coconut Oil
2. Baking Soda (Optional)
If using coconut oil alone, simply apply coconut oil directly to your underarms after you bath or shower. That’s it!
If using coconut oil with baking soda, you will need a mixing bowl, measuring tool, a spoon and a container to store your deodorant.
The quantity of coconut oil and baking soda depends on how much deodorant you would like to make. Using equals parts of coconut oil and baking soda makes a nice blend for some. I prefer to use just a bit less of the baking soda.
After you place both ingredients in a bowl, mix until they are well blended. At this point, you may add a few drops of essential oil.
Lavender, Bergamot and lemon oils are great for the skin and adds a nice fragrance.
Most times I keep it simple. The coconut oil alone smells amazing!
Once your deodorant is well blended, it is ready to pour into a container.
I am recycling an old body butter container. When I finish up butters and lotions that I purchase from a store, I hold on to the containers for projects like this.
Once you pour it into your container your deodorant is complete!
This will not be your traditional solid. The combined ingredients reminds me of the consistency of a roll on deodorant.
After I shower (and of course my hands are clean), I dip two fingers into the deodorant and massage it into my underarms. A little goes a long way so you don’t need a big scoop.
If you are unsure how your skin will respond or you are prone to allergies, do a small skin test first.
Using coconut oil alone (without baking soda) is more soothing to the skin immediately after shaving.
I seal the deodorant with a lid and store it in a cool place. This homemade natural deodorant will leave the skin under your arms feeling smooth, clean, and fragrant.
Have you tried this or a similar homemade deodorant? How did it work for you?
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