No matter how much you try to live chemical-free by avoiding artificial beauty and cosmetic products, some products are required to keep you fresh and hygienic in your daily life. While it is easy to opt for natural cosmetic products, many are still unaware of the option to choose all-natural deodorant and to make your own.
Despite its availability and whatever scent of deodorant you prefer to use, you are probably saturating yourself with toxic and harmful chemicals. Choosing to use deodorant also prevents your body from performing the essential process of temperature regulation and toxin elimination through regular sweating. Still, you need an effective solution for the inevitable sweat-induced odor.
If you’re looking to de-odor yourself the healthy way, you’re in luck. You can turn to coconut oil for an effective, healthy, and natural solution – a common natural substitute for cosmetic products. Raw, organic coconut oil can work as an excellent deodorant, keeping any unpleasant odor at bay. It can also be used as a base for all-natural DIY coconut oil deodorant as an alternative to artificial products.
The Importance of Using Natural Deodorant
The abundance of uncontrolled and extremely harmful chemicals that comprise artificial deodorants have a serious effect on our health and wellbeing. Additionally, the chemicals involved may cause health problems and pose a danger to our bodies.
It’s important to distinguish between the two types of product that are both commonly referred to as deodorant: the deodorant and the antiperspirant. These two products are both applied onto the armpits, however, they perform differently. Product labeled as a deodorant provides a pleasant scent but does not prevent sweating, while the antiperspirant, in the form of a spray or stick/roll-on, is a solution that contains specific chemicals intended to clog the pores and prevent the perspiration process completely, while providing an additional pleasant scent. Although both types are artificially-made and contain toxic chemicals, antiperspirant is much more detrimental and one of the more dangerous cosmetic products one can purchase.
Even though antiperspirant is harmful and can cause serious health problems, it is the single most widely-used cosmetic product purchased across age groups and genders.
Natural coconut oil deodorant can prevent the occurrence of odor, however, it does not have the ability to prevent sweating. This is the ultimate combination when it comes to natural odor-prevention – eliminating any unpleasant smells while allowing the body to naturally perspire. Uninterrupted perspiring is important for optimal health, therefore, we should avoid preventing natural sweating and aim to reduce unpleasant odor.
Why Is Coconut Oil a Perfect Solution for Odor?
Sweat itself is mostly odorless when one hydrates enough and has a relatively healthy diet. However, in the presence of sweat and on body parts where moisture remains longer, like our armpits, there is a rapid multiplication of bacteria. These bacteria break down the sweat into acids that will eventually cause an unpleasant smell. That being said, in order to prevent the occurrence of odor we need a solution to kill bacteria.
One of the compounds that coconut oil is praised for, lauric acid, has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Once applied under the armpits or any area prone to sweating, the lauric acid in the coconut oil rapidly eliminates and prevents the occurrence of the odor-causing bacteria. This is why most natural deodorant formulas are coconut oil-based. Lauric acid is one of the rarely used natural compounds that can effectively eliminate microbes and bacteria.
In addition to protection from armpiit odor, coconut oil moisturizes and protects the skin from irritation. Where moisture persists irritation is common — we’ve all experienced unpleasant itching and discomfort when sweating. Applying artificial products, especially after shaving or when in contact with clothes, can irritate the skin surface and cause unpleasant sensations. Coconut oil prevents irritation and prevents eczema and rashes while nurturing and moisturizing the skin.
How to Use Coconut Oil as a Deodorant
People that want to keep things simple often use plain raw, organic, unrefined coconut oil. As coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it has a very similar consistency to artificial sticks and roll-ons. You can take an empty stick container from a used product and fill it with coconut oil to make it convenient to apply. Although this might work for people that are light to mild sweaters, moderate to heavy sweaters can make a homemade coconut oil-based deodorant recipe that will prevent odor, regulate perspiration, and provide a pleasant scent.
DIY Natural Coconut Oil-Based Deodorant
For the coconut oil deodorant recipe, you’ll need several ingredients that might already be available in your household. It is a cheap and easy recipe, and you can make a large batch that will last for several months.
- 6 tablespoons raw, unrefined, organic coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) pure and aluminum-free baking soda
- 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
- Clean, dry bowl for mixing and clean, dry container for storing
- 10 to 20 drops of preferred essential oils: lavender, citrus, tea tree, etc…
- If the coconut oil is in solid form, melt it until it becomes softer for easier stirring.
- Add the baking soda and the arrowroot or cornstarch into the oil and stir well until the mixture becomes even.
- Add the preferred essential oils in the amount required to achieve the desired scent potency.
- Put the mixture in the container or jar used to store the natural deodorant.
How to Apply and Store the Mixture
Depending on the temperature of where it is stored, the mixture can be either solid or liquid as coconut oil melts at around 78°F. The product will work equally well regardless of its consistency. Take a small amount of the deodorant with your fingers and rub it into your underarm area. Note that the deodorant will perform best when applied on clean and dry skin. On a regular day, one application in the morning will be enough. For hotter days or days where you exercise or bike to work, feel free to reapply as needed.
If you decide to put the DIY deodorant in an empty stick container, make sure to store it in a location where the temperature does not exceed 78°F. If the deodorant melts, it may leak from the bottom and will be challenging to apply. On the other hand, avoid storing it in the refrigerator as it will harden when cold and will be very difficult to apply.
What to Expect From DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant
Your homemade deodorant will perform equally as well as any artificial or store-bought product. The natural ingredients will work together to decrease perspiration, eliminate moisture and odor-causing bacteria, while making you smell fresh.
Arrowroot powder: Helps absorb moisture
Coconut oil: Prevents bacteria build up, moisturizes the skin, and provides a pleasant coconut fragrance
Baking soda: Effective for absorbing moisture and neutralizing odors
Essential oils: Add your preferred fragrance to enjoy throughout the day. Lavender works especially well when mixed with the natural coconut deodorant scent.
Most people will enjoy the feeling and performance of the DIY deodorant. However, some people may be sensitive to baking soda. In such cases, a person might experience itching and rashes. Baking soda can irritate sensitive skin, but only in these cases should you avoid adding baking soda into your DIY deodorant. Instead, double the amount of arrowroot, or use cornstarch instead of baking soda. As the most effective and important ingredient here is coconut oil, the deodorant will still perform as expected. If you still notice problems with irritation, make sure it’s not due to the essential oils you are using.
Say Goodbye to Wet Rings and Stains on Clothes
Ensure you apply a small amount of the DIY deodorant and rub it well into the skin before putting clothes on. Once the oil has a chance to fully absorb, it won’t stain your clothes. The natural deodorant does not leave any white marks on colored clothes like artificial deodorants do due to the powder used to make them.
When applied properly, the coconut oil deodorant will absorb moisture as the body starts sweating, thus preventing wet rings from appearing around the underarm area. Additionally, if you choose to use DIY coconut oil deodorant as a solution for perspiration, you’ll avoid permanent stains on your shirts caused by excessive sweating, trapped moisture, and artificial chemicals and fragrances that remain on the clothes and stain them yellow.