I am not a novice at making my own deodorant nor at using natural deodorants. I have used natural skin care products for over two decades. And while I do not plan on stopping, I can’t say I have been 100% satisfied with natural deodorants.
They do work well enough, in the winter. I live in the Southwest where summer temperatures are consistently over 100 for months and at the end of my (almost) daily walk (early morning or late evening), I stink. Natural deodorants just don’t do the trick, at ALL.
While watching a season of Shark Tank one evening, my daughter and I saw a demonstration for a charcoal deodorant. I was intrigued.
When May arrived in all of its hot glory, I decided to take the plunge and buy some for me and my daughter. I personally found the 12 dollar price point (per deodorant) pricey. Add shipping, it isn’t really a price I want to pay for pit paste. Until that time the most expensive deodorant I had bought was under 5 bucks and more commonly around 3.
The deodorant arrived and while it seemed to work, it wasn’t so awesome that I would want to spend the 12 dollars again. I could find another solution.
I don’t really know when the idea to play chemist entered my mind. Nevertheless, since I always have activated charcoal on hand, I decided to play with various ingredients and give the idea of making my DIY charcoal deodorant a whirl.
In the first batch, I used way too much charcoal, it turned everything black. Tone down the charcoal.
The second batch was drier than I wanted but it ended up being my favorite. Grab some powder, smear it in my pits, brush the excess. Done and no black (or smelly) pits. Perfect.
The third batch was a tad wetter but as I mentioned above, I ended up liking the texture of my deodorant more powdery.
The pros of making my own:
- It works
- It’s cheap
- It does not turn my pits black
- I can add my own essential oils and control their quality
- One batch lasts a LONG time
- My teenage daughter loves it
The cons of making your own:
- It is not a stick
- It can be messy. For this reason, I usually apply it in the shower
DIY Charcoal Deodorant
- A bowl
- A hand mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- A small jar: I used a dark blue one and in a pinch a 1/2 cup Mason jar. When traveling by air I used a tiny colored plastic jar.
- Activated charcoal 1 teaspoon
- Arrowroot 1/2 cup
- Baking soda 2 to 4 tablespoons (I prefer using 4 tablespoons)
- Coconut oil – liquid – 1/4 cup
- Magnesium oil 2 tablespoons
- Witch hazel 1 tablespoon
Essential oils: I only use Young Living essential oils. I know there is a lot of debate about essential oils and I don’t plan on expending on my choice in this blog post. I trust Young Living and I used their oils for other a decade with amazing success. If you happen to like another brand better? No problem. My only word of caution would be: make sure you trust your supplier. Studies have shown that over 90% of essential oils are adulterated.
These are the oils I have used:
- Geranium – smells great
- Northern light blue spruce
- Spearmint – for its cooling effect
- Tea Tree
Making DIY Charcoal Deodorant
Making the deodorant is pretty easy.
I place the activated charcoal and arrowroot in a bowl. I then make a well and add the magnesium oil, witch hazel, and the coconut oil. I then use my hand mixer until I have a thick paste.
At this point, I add my essential oils and mix again.
Lastly, I add the baking soda and mix.
I then pour my deodorant into clean jars.
Worth Looking Into
For a review of pre-made natural deodorants on the market, I think you will find this article interesting: The Best Natural Deodorant: No Aluminum, No Body Odor.