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.

| November 2012

  • “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.
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  • 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 natural deodorant.
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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

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.

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