How to Make Your Own Deodorant at Home

Home Made Deodorant Making Steps. No Excuse for Smelling Sweat.

I bet you will agree with me that one of the biggest turn-off and pure letdown is some smelly armpits.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, wear deodorant EVERY DAY. It doesn't matter how many times you take a shower. Without a deodorant.

Makwapa inanuka!

Without deodorant, you will STILL SMELL SWEAT because sweating is a natural process of the body getting rid of unwanted wastes.

But there is more to why armpits stink!

Let me explain...

In Kenya, it is not unusual to encounter a smart dressed man (men are worse off – I apologize in advance if this offends men), expensive shoes, watch, iPad, iPhone and suit but smelling sweat so bad.

Deodorants are so cheap - like a beer or two!


Why Armpits Smell?

If sweating is a natural way of the body to get rid of unwanted metabolic wastes, how comes only the armpits stink?

Human armpit has a lot of goodies to offer to bacteria, especially Staphylococcus Bacteria.

It is warm, moist and dark. It remains warm even when the weather is cold, the reason why it is one of the best areas to obtain accurate body temperature.

It also has a high concentration of sweat glands making a good diet for bacteria that break down sweat to a smelly substance called thioalcohol.

This is the sulfur smelly substance that makes your armpit smell.

With that said, now you know that inhibiting the growth of armpit bacteria means no smell under the armpits – no matter how much you sweat.

Think about so many things you know that can inhibit bacteria growth. Here are a few natural substances that inhibit bacteria growth.

  1. Baking soda
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Lemon juice
  4. Most Mouthwash
  5. Some toothpaste
  6. Apple cider vinegar
  7. Neem oil*
  8. Tea tree oil*
  9. Peppermint oil*
  10. Spearmint oil*
  11. Lemongrass oil*
  12. Eucalyptus oil*

* Inhibits both bacteria and fungi growth in many areas

The problem is you do not want to smell like a lemon all day but it is better than to smell the sweat.

Neem oil is such a strong bacteria, fungus and virus inhibitor but it smells bad.

Now that we know the some of the natural oils and products that can inhibit bacteria growth, we can make our own deodorants at home using these substances.

The only problem I see here is that it takes a lot of time to make one at home and also, the ingredients needed to make your own deodorant at home can be more expensive than a commercial deodorant.

Essential oils are not cheap.
Before I get into the recipe, let me clarify the difference between a deodorant and antiperspirant.

Difference Between Deodorant & Antiperspirant

A deodorant simply, either inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria (best) or neutralizes the odor produced by the bacteria.

These deodorants usually smell good to mask the smell.

Antiperspirants inhibit the production of sweat from sweat glands and sebum from sebaceous glands.

This is naturally unhealthy – without thinking twice. Avoid antiperspirants. Go for deodorants.

Home Made Deodorant Recipe

Shea Butter Deodorant Ingredients
  • 3 T Coconut Oil
  • 3 T Baking Soda
  • 2 T Shea Butter
  • 2 T Arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
  • Essential Oils (smell of your choice)
  • Melt shea butter and coconut oil portions
  • Add your baking soda and mix well. Do not heat the baking soda
  • Add your arrowroot start and mix well
  • Add essential oil of your choice, mix and let it cool
  • Put it in an old deodorant container and keep it in a cool place
That is it! You have made your own deodorant at home!
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