Deodorant is something that we all use every day, probably without even thinking about it. However, have you ever wondered what your deodorant is actually made of?
One of the most common ingredients found in synthetic deodorants is aluminium salts. These help to block the sweat glands and prevent moisture from reaching the surface of the skin. However, these aluminium salts can irritate those of us with sensitive skin, especially when it comes to delicate areas such as our underarms.
We can put our underarms through a lot, some of us may use some form of underarm hair removal such as shaving or waxing, which can leave the skin more sensitive than usual. Our underarms are also often exposed to our clothes which may rub against the skin, leading to irritation. All of this means that we really need to find a deodorant that solves a number of issues. From helping to minimise sweat and nasty odours, to nourishing and caring for delicate skin.
This is why making the switch to natural deodorants may be the way forward. Natural deodorants often use antibacterial ingredients paired with natural fragrances and skin caring oils and butters to bring you a whole host of benefits.
If you’re looking to experiment and want to try a natural deodorant, why not try making it yourself at home?
What You’ll Need
- Storage Jar – This will house your deodorant once finished, why not upcyclean empty Evolve jar?
- Glass Bowl
- 2-3 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2-3 tbsp Shea Butter
- 50g Arrowroot Powder (You can find this in your local health shop, or alternatively you can use corn starch)
- 50g Bicarbonate of Soda
- Tea Tree Oil
- Essential Oil (Use your favourite scent, or mix some together for your own unique fragrance)
- 2 tbsp Soy Wax
Step One: Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and wax together in a glass bowl. Once they have melted, add in 10 drops of essential oils and 2 drops of tea tree oil and mix together.
Step Two: Add in your arrowroot powder and bicarbonate of soda. Mix together until it is all combined, it should look like icing!
Step Three: Spoon your mixture into your storage container and leave it cool in the fridge.
How To Use
Take a pea sized amount of your newly made deodorant and warm it between your fingers, then rub onto your armpits. Remember to keep your deodorant somewhere cool so it doesn’t melt!