Mother Earth Living

How to Make Your Own Deodorant

Avoid aluminum, parabens and other harsh chemicals found in your deodorant. Learn how to make your own deodorant to leave you feeling clean, fresh and chemical-free.
By Jennifer Worick
November 2012
Add to My MSN

“Simple Gifts” contains instructions for making fifty inspired handmade gifts, inventive gift-wrapping ideas and helpful guidelines for pinpointing the right present for that special someone.
Cover Courtesy Voyageur Press
Slideshow


Content Tools

Related Content

Mother Earth News Radio: Making Chai

Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I ...

Morning Brew: Make Your Own Coffee

Roast your own coffee beans and steam milk yourself to create a cheap and flavorful cup of coffee.

How to Make Your Own Chicken Stock

Good stock is an important base to flavoring a lot of recipes. Learn how to make your own chicken st...

5 Calming, Handmade Mother's Day Gifts

This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmad...

The do-it-yourself movement is experiencing a revival as men and women everywhere are cooking, sewing and building genuine items that money simply can’t buy. In Simple Gifts (Voyageur Press, 2012), author Jennifer Worick offers step-by-step instructions for creating 50 easy and inspired handmade gifts for everyone on your list. From a stylish knitted apron for the dedicated baker to a sturdy toolbox for the handyman, these gifts shine in their quality and thoughtfulness. Learn how to make your own deodorant, whether for yourself or as part of a bath-and-body gift basket, in this excerpt taken from chapter 3, “Lotions and Potions.”

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Simple Gifts.

How to Make Your Own Deodorant

Simply perfect for: Outdoorsy or environmentally minded folks

Long days or intense workouts can take their toll and leave anyone feeling less than fresh. I’ve experimented with all sorts of reputedly strong deodorants and antiperspirants, but I got to thinking that there must be a way to make my own. Here, witch hazel, along with soothing aloe vera and essential oils of rosemary and lavender (which have antifungal and antiseptic properties, respectively), make for a very effective concoction.

In giving a homemade deodorant, make sure you know the recipient well or else he or she might be offended, thinking you are trying to send them a message about hygiene. If you are concerned that your loved one will get the wrong idea, consider packaging it up with a few other products rather than making it a solo gift.

Natural Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 1/2 cup (125 ml) distilled water
• 1/4 cup (62.5 ml) witch hazel extract
• 1 tablespoon (15 ml) aloe vera gel
• 1 teaspoon (5 ml) liquid glycerin
• 15 drops rosemary essential oil
• 10 drops lavender essential oil
• Large pot
• Measuring cups
• Measuring spoons
• Metal tongs
• Cookie sheet
• 8-ounce (236 ml) spray bottle

1. Sterilize the bottle and tools in a hot-water bath.

2. Add the distilled water, witch hazel, and aloe vera to the bottle. Put the top on and shake the bottle vigorously. Before the ingredients have a chance to separate, add the glycerin and essential oils. Put the top back on, shake it up, and you are ready to use.

To apply
Shake well and spritz natural deodorant under each arm a couple of times. Wait to dry before getting dressed.

Yield
One 8-ounce (236 ml) spray bottle

Note
This is a deodorant only. It will not help prevent any serious perspiration.

Wrap it up
Use an old hairspray spray pump—clean with hot soapy water to remove residue first—or pick up an inexpensive plastic spray bottle at the drugstore. Create an instruction label on a large tag and tie it onto the bottle with raffia. You could even stamp the recipient’s name or initials on one side for a customized but useful gift tag.

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook and Knit, published by Voyageur Press, 2010. Buy this book from our store: Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook and Knit.


Previous | 1 | 2 | Next






Post a comment below.

 

ginamarienj71
3/28/2013 10:48:08 PM
I LOVE Soapwalla deodorant cream recommended by Tina Georgy Beauty on YouTube. She has some great recommendations. All natural and smells great.

Debbie Stahre
12/13/2012 7:12:20 PM
Recipe is good except for putting in a plastic bottle. Plastic gives off estrogen, especially if you boil the plastic.


MY COMMUNITY
no image
valerykenery
8/29/2014 12:04:10 AM
no image
HarvestRight
8/21/2014 5:22:39 PM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 10:03:07 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:59:22 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:30:07 AM
no image
melisastarr
8/19/2014 12:57:22 PM
no image
Peggy McMahan
8/18/2014 11:29:51 AM






Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.