Body odor… What an embarrassing little thing in life? Especially for us ladies, who never smell, fart or poop. Am I right?! A few years ago, I started making essential oils deodorant. Deo for my b.o. 🙂 Seems like some people have no issues with using antiperspirants and others have to use seven kinds in one week to try to not smell nasty by the end of the day. Unfortunately, I fell into the latter category.
I am sure having frequent body odor is hormonal, to some degree, and
It is pretty sad when your husband’s armpits smell nicer than yours do and he hasn’t showered in two days, but you just showered two hours earlier. Seriously, so frustrating! Keep your arms down, girl!
Deodorants with Harmful Chemicals
I had no luck with clinical strength deodorants, either. And after reading up on some of the risks of having the aluminum salts absorbed into your pores, I decided I better figure out a new way to keep the smell away and avoid harmful products.
I have a lot of sensitivity to fragrances and so I would break out a lot from store-bought antiperspirants and then stink if it didn’t have enough fragrance.
My last attempt was to try health food store deodorants, with brands like Tom’s; but, I still struggled with “the stink”. Plus, anything in the “health” section of the store is more expensive. I was sick of wasting my money with products that weren’t working.
The struggle was real, folks…
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The Secret to Using Essential Oils Deodorant
About four years ago, I stumbled upon some recipes for essential oils deodorants that were aluminum-free. So, I decided to give it a try!
I really liked the calming scents that were in the first batch I mixed up, which ended up being Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree. Although, I still was having troubles keeping the odor away, completely, though…
It actually took me a couple of years to discover the SECRET to keeping the odor away, all of the time…
I had to completely stop using store-bought deodorant. When I would use it, intermittently, and was switching, back and forth, I wasn’t able to keep the odor away. Often, I would use store-bought antiperspirants when I would run out of my homemade blend and that just didn’t work.
The Joys of No Odor
The first summer that I went 100% homemade was the first summer I could wear tank tops without stinking! I was shocked!!! That hadn’t happened to me since I was probably in Junior High.
The BEST part of using this essential oils deodorant is that most of them have antibiotic AND anti-fungal properties.
What does this mean?
When you start to develop body odor it is because of the bacteria that has formed from your sweat which starts to stink. Gross, I know… So using an essential oils deodorant that kills the bacteria/fungus actually combats the source of the odor and you can go about your day while preventing the odor!
Application of Essential Oils Deodorant
The consistency of the essential oils deodorant varies quite a bit. For example, I use solid coconut oil in this recipe, so if the weather is really warm, my deodorant will be more of a liquid consistency.
If the weather is very cold, the consistency will be more of a solid.
You’re probably thinking, how do you apply liquid deodorant without an applicator?! Actually, I prefer to apply it when it is in a more liquid form.
I stir up the batch with my finger and then dip my fingers into the deodorant and apply to each armpit. After applying, I wash off my hands and then put on my makeup or complete other primping activities. This way it has a chance to soak in before I put on my shirt. Then less of the essential oils deodorant gets on my shirt and more is absorbed into my skin while moisturizing it, too.
I use this size Pyrex container, which you can find here.
What Essential Oils to Choose?
You can choose whichever oils you would like. As I mentioned, I have really had great luck with Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree. All three are antibiotic and anti-fungal oils.
So, my suggestion would be to make sure the two or three oils you decide to use also have both properties. For more information about which oils are both anti-fungal AND antibiotic, click here.
No Odor “On The Go”
The greatest benefit of using this essential oils deodorant is that when you feel like you are starting to develop an odor, you can simply reapply and the odor will be gone! The antibacterial/anti-fungal characteristics take away the odor, just like that. Store-bought deodorants just mask the odor.
I like to have my essential oils deodorant handy in a travel size bottle, too. You can find what I use here, travel size bottle. This way, I can have it in my purse, makeup case or the diaper bag. Now, body odor is never an issue when I’m on the go.
Some “healthy” options are really expensive. Others are usually inconvenient to prepare. So, it’s easy to decide to ditch them and go with the store-bought option. However, this essential oils deodorant isn’t that way.
It does take time to mix up; but, not as much time as running to the store for more deodorant… (And I live less than a mile from the store!) Also, as I said, I have been using this for four years – on and off, at times – and have never run out of my essential oil drops! I have had to stock up on the Vitamin E oil, but every other ingredient is a pantry staple.
As you can see, I don’t always buy doTerra or Young Living essential oils either, which helps keep the cost down. That is a personal choice, though.
Essential Oils Deodorant – Aluminum Free
Essential Oils Deodorant
- Pour melted coconut oil into your container and add Vitamin E oil.
- Next add 10 drops of Antibacterial Essential Oils (I like to add 5 drops of Tea Tree oil and 5 drops of Eucalyptus, as Tea Tree oil is quite a harsh ingredient for freshly shaved armpits).
- Then add 10 drops of an Anti-fungal Essential Oil – I use Lavender.
- Next, add your dry ingredients – corn starch (or arrowroot powder) and your baking soda.
- Wisk to combine.
- You can use it immediately, but it will take about a day to set up/thicken.
- Stir regularly to keep mixture well combined.
Feel free to mix it up and change some of the amounts if you like it a little bit thicker, want different oils, etc. I feel like every time I make this I get a different consistency, to some extent.
If you have troubles with skin irritation, you can switch to arrowroot powder. Also, do this if you have problems with corn. Another tip is to consider adding more coconut oil and vitamin E oil if your skin is agitated due to the essential oils. Essential oils can cause skin irritation, but not an “allergy”, as they are not comprised of proteins. A little tip I learned from a nurse, who is also my doTerra distributor. : )
You can find more of my healthy recipes here!
Enjoy your pleasant pits, people! 🙂 Let me know how you like it!