Discovering this DIY lavender coconut oil deodorant was truly life-changing for me.
I had been on the quest for a deodorant that lasts long but doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals such as parabens, aluminium and triclosan added to most store bought deodorants.
Feeling fresh and clean
At first I tried a crystal rock deodorant but it didn’t work so well for me. While you don’t smell of sweat for a few hours, I didn’t feel very fresh either.
I used to do a lot of physical activities such as Tae Kwon Do, inline skating and yoga.
They all make you sweat a lot, so a good deodorant is a must.
When my boyfriend introduced me to his DIY lavender coconut oil deodorant (yes all credits go to him for this one!) I was a bit sceptical at first.
I honestly didn’t think it would be strong enough to last for more than an hour.
To my surprise it did and for much longer than that.
I was really impressed to see how well this deodorant works and that it lasts for hours.
The ultimate trial was a full day inline skating workshop I did in the Middle East.
It was a very hot and active day and we were training mostly outside. This baby totally passed the test!
Yes, the lavender smell had mostly worn off by the end of the day, but I wasn’t smelling of sweat. Meanwhile my skating friends had to reapply deodorant several times.
The only downside that I can think of with this deodorant is that it sometimes leaves white stains. Luckily they wash out easily.
DIY lavender coconut oil deodorant
5 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp baking soda
4 tbsp cornflour / cornstarch
20 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of tea tree oil
10 drops of lemon oil
Use coconut oil in a soft consistency. This means not solid and not liquid, somewhere in between is the easiest to work with.
For this deodorant I use an organic virgin coconut oil.
Mix the coconut oil with the baking soda and cornflour / cornstarch until reaching an equally mixed consistency.
Finally add the essential oils and mix well.
Keep in mind that the consistency of coconut oil depends on external temperatures.
If the deodorant turns out too liquid, just add more cornflour. Don’t use more baking soda, as too much might irritate your skin. If the deodorant is too solid, just add more coconut oil to it.
I find that this DIY lavender coconut oil deodorant works best in a warm climate. When the weather is too cold, the deodorant gets very solid and sort of breaks into small pieces. This can make it challenging to apply.
Luckily I am not that often in really cold climates, but I’d like to work on some cold-proof formula for all you girls and boys that do live in colder climates.
I’ll keep you posted!
You can use any type of essential oils you like, so feel free to get creative.
Note: some natural ingredients such as coconut oil melt at higher temperatures.
Their properties stay the same however. Just put your DIY lavender coconut oil deodorant in the fridge for an hour to solidify again.
Just make sure to use a container that protects the content from leaking, especially if you carry it with you in your bag.
Read more about my toxin-free journey and the products I replace with coconut oil.