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Sustainable Swaps: DIY Natural Deodorant

January 15, 2019

We’re already halfway through the first month of the new year! How are those resolutions going? Good, bad– indifferent. Well, perhaps one of your resolutions this year was to be more aware, more green, more sustainable. Or maybe you’re curious and just wanna try something new today. Either way, this sustainable swap will cover all of those bases.

Today, we’re delving into the armpit of it all and seeing why you should consider making your own deodorant!

  1. Clean ingredients that you choose: In our store bough deodorants we find some ingredients that are better left off of our skin such as:
    • Alcohol: this is an irritant to our skin and can dry out and cause itchiness especially on sensitive skin.
    • Propolyene Glycol: various uses from food additive to airplane deicer, it helps absorption/penetration of other ingredients. So if you find other harmful ingredients in addition to propolyene glycol you may want to ditch it all together.
    • Triclosan: I’ve already stressed the importance to stop using ANY product that has triclosan in it. If you find this in any of your cosmetics, please get rid of this nasty carcinogen.
    • Parabens: some evidence points at parabens as an endrocrine disrupter especially so for estrogen. So ladies, we should limit our use of these as much as possible too.
  2. Greener & conscious consumerism: It’s a great thing to make the switch to a DIY deodorant for your personal health reasons alone, but this switch is also a GREEN and conscious one! No more plastic containers and deodorant tubes for one thing. For another, you will also be promoting the use of natural ingredients.
  3. It’s cheap and easy!: Making your own really isn’t very hard, and it’s super inexpensive. Once you have some of the staple items needed you will be able to make many many batches of deodorant that will last a long time.

Now without further delay I would like to share one of my tried and true recipes for DIY deodorant. It took me a while to find a recipe that I liked and that I thought worked as well as store bought. I have sensitive skin, but I go to the gym almost everyday so I needed effective but delicate at the same time. I found that balance by using the baking soda to fight the sweat and the odors, while nourishing my skin with shea and coconut oils. Plus of course some lemony-freshness to top it all off.


Lemon Fresh DIY Deodorant


  • 2 tbsp organic unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 4-5 tsp non GMO Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 20-30 drops of essential oil (I love to use Lemon or Tea Tree)
  • 1 glass jar or empty deodorant tube.


  1. Mix coconut oil and shea butter together in a bowl. Melt in microwave or on a low on stove. (Just until liquified)
  2. Stir in baking soda and cornstarch until blended.
  3. Add essential oils of your choice.
  4. Put in a glass jar and use fingers to apply OR if you happen to have an old deodorant tube, use that! Simply make sure it is empty and pour the mix into the tube. It is then super easy to twist up and use just as you would with the store bought.
  5. BAM. You did it.

Now you have an all natural homemade deodorant that smells great! And once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few minutes. Store this in a cool place away from direct light. In the winter I keep it in my bathroom. However in the summer, and the hot months, I put it in the fridge to keep the consistency right (otherwise the coconut oil starts to melt).

I’d love to hear some feedback from you guys too– have you ever tried making your own deodorant? What essential oils would you add?

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

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