My quest for the best natural deodorant has been a long one, and this two-ingredient recipe is hands-down the best one I’ve found.
I seriously have a cabinet full of natural deodorants. I’ve tried sticks, salts, sprays…it’s kind of ridiculous. Finally I decided to try making my own deodorant. I started out with a stick recipe that I liked pretty well, but it was a little bit messy to apply. The coconut oil gets a little bit too hard if the room where you’re storing the deodorant is cold. The recipe below is based on that one but even more simplified, and its the best natural deodorant I’ve ever used!
The thing about natural deodorants is that they seem to lack staying power, don’t they? All of those nasty chemicals may be harmful to our health, but they sure keep our pits dry, don’t they? And they include antibacterials like triclosan, which make them super effective (and a threat to public health). Bacteria are what make your pits smelly, so keeping that at bay is the key to the best natural deodorant or any deodorant.
Here are the things I love about this recipe:
- It has only two ingredients, and they’re things I keep in the house all the time anyway.
- It takes 30 seconds to make.
- It freaking works. Like, woah.
- It’s less messy than the stick/cream version.
Right, ok. So it’s the best natural deodorant ever. We get it. Here’s the recipe!
Best Natural Deodorant: Baking Soda + Essential Oils
When you’re choosing your essential oil, I recommend picking something with antiseptic properties. Lavender, tea tree, rosemary, or lemon are all good options.
Ingredients and Supplies
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 10-20 drops essential oils of your choice – Use less oil with stronger scents like rosemary and patchouli and more with mellow oils like lavender.
- Small glass jar – I use a half-pint mason jar, but you could use a clean jelly jar, baby food jar, etc.
- Combine the baking soda and oil in your jar, and stir to combine it well. Shake before using.
- To use, either use a clean cloth or your fingers to dust the deodorant onto your pits. Gently rub it in, but don’t rub too hard, because baking soda can be a bit abrasive. Your skin will do the work pretty quickly.