It’s really not hard to make your own zero waste deodorant, but lots of recipes call for baking soda. While I’m personally not sensitive to baking soda, there are many who are. Because of that, I thought it would be great to whip up a recipe that doesn’t require any baking soda at all. It’s baking soda free, but just as effective. Honestly, I love it just as much, if not more, than my original zero waste deodorant (with baking soda). It glides on so smoothly and leaves absolutely no smelly odors behind – only the pleasant orange scent I chose to make it with. With it being summer now, it’s a much welcome DIY. It won’t stop you from sweating (it’s not an anti-perspirant), but it will stop you from smelling. Here’s how to whip up some for yourself and stop wasting money on store bought brands.
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Zero Waste Deodorant Without Baking Soda
Why is it important to use plastic-free deodorant?
Why should I use natural deodorant?
This is perfectly fine though, because the natural deodorant is allowing your underarms to sweat naturally – which is what you want.
During the transition to natural deo, toxins that have built up in your skin will use this time to trickle out of your pores. During that time, your pits may have a stronger smell than usual, but it will go away in a few days or weeks.
In the meantime, you’ll just have to apply more of your natural deodorant until your body adjusts. Not everyone experiences this though – I certainly didn’t. So keep that in mind!
You can also kiss razor burn and irritated armpits goodbye too. The sweat buildup underneath the skin can worsen those uncomfortable symptoms for some people.
It’s actually good for our bodies to sweat – it’s our body’s way of releasing toxins and adjusting our temperatures.
What’s the deal with baking soda free deodorant?
Zero Waste Deodorant Without Baking Soda Recipe
- 3 – 4 tablespoons coconut oil (more if needed)
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
- 40+ drops of essential oil (I chose a combo of orange, peppermint and lavender – mainly orange)
- 5 drops of tea tree oil (optional, antibacterial + anti-fungal)
- In a small bowl, add the shea butter and coconut oil. Place in the microwave and heat for a minute, or until melted. You can also use a double boiler, if you don’t want to use the microwave. Mix it together once it’s melted to make sure it’s combined.
- Now add in the arrowroot powder (or cornstarch). Mix it in gradually, as it can get messy. Mix until there are no lumps.
- Now, add in your essential oils and tea tree oil (optional). You can add as much or as little as you want – I prefer my deodorant strong so I always add a lot. Mix it together until everything is well combined.
- Pour your deodorant into an empty glass jar of your choosing. Place it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes so it hardens and cools. Then take it out of the fridge and store it wherever you like and use as needed.
For those who don’t prefer DIYs…
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