Deodorant Dilemma

Ever since my mom was in charge of making sure I was clean, clothed, and fed, I’ve been using Secret as my go-to deodorant. As I got older and learned about the confirmed and unconfirmed dangers of the main ingredient in most deodorants, aluminum, I decided I wanted to make informed decisions about something that I was applying to my body every single day.

My first attempt at eliminating the amount of “bad stuff” I was putting on my pits, I wanted to see how long I could go without using deodorant at all. I know this sounds like an insane idea, but it really wasn’t. I slowly weened myself off of using deodorant by applying every other day to every two days to once or twice a week. Unfortunately, as the warmer months approached, this wasn’t working too well. Luckily I had been doing my research in the interim so I went straight to Lush to try their T’eo Deodorant. I used that all summer long, while I was in hot and humid NYC, where all I did was walk to train and bus stations and to top the cake, I was taking dance classes.

The T’eo Deodorant bar worked. Very well, actually. I even had my critical-of-most-things sister run a sniff test on me after a full 9 hours of wear to confirm. The main ingredient is tea tree oil, which is a bacteria killer and ultimately eliminated any possible BO. The main reason I stopped using it was because I think it has too much baking soda in it. I started noticing my armpits darkening which was weird because I thought using the all natural, baking soda filled product would do just the opposite. Additionally, it’s very crumbly and that was a bit irritating to me so I didn’t repurchase. If you do try it, I would recommend reading the reviews on They are pretty accurate.

Since having the experience with the Lush T’eo deodorant, I learned that tea tree oil and baking soda (in moderation) worked pretty well for me. I did some more research and found a recipe that was the perfect mixture of moisture (which the T’eo bar has none of) for smoothness, baking soda for freshness, and tea tree oil for eliminating bacteria. Thanks, Sug! The best part is that all of the needed ingredients were easily found around the house. (Not pictured is the cornstarch, which I forgot to use.)

Ingredients needed for your DIY Deodorant

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
2 Tablespoons of shea butter
a few drops of tea tree oil

Place all ingredients in a heat-safe bowl and place that bowl on top of a pot of boiling water to create the double boiler effect. Mix until everything is incorporated and pour into an empty deodorant container or something else more suitable for your use. Let it set for a few hours and you are good to go. Here is a video of the exact steps.

This works great for me, especially because I can control how much baking soda I can add to the mix. I haven’t experienced any irritation, thanks to the coconut oil and shea butter, or funkiness, thanks to the baking soda and tea tree oil. I’d definitely recommend giving this recipe a try. It saves you money, too.

What are some natural ways you guys keep underarm BO at bay? I’m interested to read your comments to let’s keep the conversation going in the comments section below. Don’t forget to share with a friend.



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