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Although homemade deodorants might sound like a #PinterestFail, DIY-ers have converted to make-yourself products as a cheaper and healthier option to store-bought.

This recipe is easy to modify, very inexpensive, and doesn’t contain a lot of unsavory ingredients. It only requires three ingredients: cornstarch, coconut oil, and baking soda. You probably already have the ingredients you need in your pantry.

What is the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant?

Deo for BO will not stop sweating, but it will try its best to keep your body odor at bay when you most need it. Here’s how it works.

It’s a big presentation, a leg day at the gym or a first date. All of these are triggers that can cause your armpits to become a swampland. The bacteria living in these areas will feed on the moisture (ew) and create that gag-worthy odor.

Deodorant is the solution. Although it won’t shut off your pits faucet, it will make you skin more acidic which makes it less attractive to bacteria. You’ll suddenly smell nice again.

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Antiperspirants are, however, exactly what they sound. They prevent sweat from escaping by blocking the ducts.

The obvious benefit of blocking your sweat source is that you will be less soaked on any given day. On the other hand, though, the ingredients may irritate your skin – including artificial fragrances, triclosan (a preservative that prevents bacteria from growing in cosmetics), as well as aluminum.

You’re not alone if you thought that the last ingredient was a bit sketchy. This is why so many people are switching to all-natural products. There is still much to learn about the effects of these ingredients on health.

Studies from 2002, 2006, and 2016 reported that there’s no increased breast cancer risk from antiperspirants made with aluminum, though they did stress the need for further research (and we’re down with that).

A 2016 study also found that traditional products can disrupt the natural bacteria ecosystem. This can make your body smell worse and weaken your immune system.

It’s scary stuff. However, it is still a matter of time before we know the truth. While more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of all lotions and potions in your microbiome, why not try making your own? Here’s a simple recipe.

DIY deodorant Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (or Arrowroot Powder for sensitive skin)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 6-10 drops essential oil

You will feel absolutely delightful smelling lavender, lemongrass, tea tree and sandalwood essential oils.

Make sure you only use essential oils from trusted, transparent sources with high-quality ingredients.

Avoid putting essential oils directly onto your skin without using a carrier oil such as coconut oil. These oils are extremely potent and you don’t want them to be messed with. Wash your skin immediately if it becomes red or irritated.

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  1. Coconut oil should be melted over low heat on the stove if it is still solid. It can also be placed in a microwave-safe container and microwaved for 10 seconds until it melts completely.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Mix cornstarch with baking soda until well combined.
  4. Place the mixture in a small glass jar, and let it cool in the fridge (coconut oil has a low melting point).
  5. Use your hands to apply the deodorant, or use a spatula.

The bottom line for homemade deodorant

Remember that DIY deodorant can take a few weeks for your armpits to adjust, so things may smell a little more pungent.

It’s normal. Your armpit pores are cleansing. It’s a real struggle. Keep at it and you will soon smell like a garden of flowers… Okay, maybe not, but you get what I mean. You’ll be smelling like you again in no time.