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Does Natural, Homemade, Vegan Deodorant Actually Work?

Recycled Deodorant Container

Recycled Deodorant Container

What's All This Fuss About Natural Deodorant?

The answer is: The fuss is all about protecting our bodies from unwanted toxins.

Nowadays, armpits seem to be leaving the phase of "taboo topics", as we begin to question what it is our bodies consume; internally and externally. We are beginning to accept that our bodies are not made of steel, leading us to become more conscious of our everyday surroundings.

Many of us wear deodorant/antiperspirant so we don't smell to high heavens during our daily commutes and tasks. I bet we've all experienced a commute where someone's body odor has caused you to question why you even go to work in the first place.

Wearing deodorant has now become part of our daily lives; since the stage where puberty had begun. It's a routine that follows through with brushing your teeth. It's something that we hardly ever forget to do.

But, have you ever questioned the contents of your deodorant?

Is Deodorant Safe?

Some of us receive suggestions from friends, family, adverts, retail marketing, etc, about these cosmetics. Yet, we refuse to take a second glance at the ingredients located on the item.

The idea of antiperspirants, with unknown chemicals preventing sweat glands from carrying out their function doesn't sound like the healthiest option. Furthermore, specific deodorants contain aluminum, which has a variety of studies that have taken place, trying to find out if it's a harmful substance to apply under armpits or not.

But wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry?

Why I Started Using Homemade Deodorant

Here are some reasons why I started using homemade deodorant (which you might be able to relate to):

  • My armpits would constantly itch when applying a deodorant containing 20% aluminium
  • During ovulation my armpits would sting directly after applying the deodorant
  • After years of usage the deodorant wouldn't work as well as it used to
  • I wouldn't sweat any less than if I wasn't wearing any antiperspirant
  • The deodorant darkened my armpits

After all of these consistent factors had driven me mad, I went to the beloved Google search bar to find out my alternative options. As I delved deep in to research, I found out that simple household products such as lemons, apple cider vinegar, salt, baking soda, and many more can be used as deodorant/ antiperspirant replacements.

I found out about new natural deodorant brands like:

  • Schmidt's
  • Pitrock
  • Salt Of Earth
  • Dr. Organic

The idea of purchasing natural deodorants that would help to prevent some of those previous symptoms was a new epiphany for me. However, I decided to challenge myself and make homemade deodorant, using products I already had in my kitchen cupboards.

I started using my concoction, and guess what?


In the back of my mind, I was skeptical, yet the results proved me wrong. As someone who has a body that tends to sweat excessively from time to time, it has held up effectively.

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My Homemade Deodorant Ingredients

  • Empty roll on deodorant container (or any other container that has a lid)
  • 6 teaspoons of raw shea butter melted (or coconut oil)
  • 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (I love this brand, as it's organic, and the added bonus is that it's a great addition to herbal teas; not too pungent)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (If you are sensitive to baking soda consider replacing it with corn starch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • A few drops of an oil of your choice (Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Lavender Oil, etc.)
Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Shea Butter

Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Shea Butter

Shea Butter

Shea Butter in this scenario is the base of the deodorant, it dilutes the Apple cider vinegar (with the added benefit of moisturizing your underarms).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar acts as an antibacterial, getting rid of the sneaky germs that multiply under your armpits. It also is capable of masking smells, due to the strong scent that lessens a few minutes after application.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has absorption properties that will be able to absorb some if not all of your perspiration in less than 10 minutes.




Salt is also another form of antibacterial and can help slow down the growth of bacteria on your underarms.


Oil isn't a necessary ingredient, however, it is an additional moisturizer, and can add a unique scent to your deodorant.

Pros of homemade deodorant:

  • Adjustable to your needs
  • Dries in less than 10 minutes
  • Moisturizing
  • No body odor
  • No toxins
  • No Aluminium
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Eco-friendly

Cons of homemade deodorant:

  • Using fingers to rub deodorant on armpit
  • Melting deodorant in the sink (Shea butter hardens when cold)
  • Reapplying throughout the day if it's very hot

Overall, I've been using this natural homemade deodorant for nearly 2 months, and I haven't had any problems with it at all thus far. If anything, my armpits feel softer and have even become a lighter skin tone due to the apple cider vinegar (my armpits were darkened due to the previous deodorants I used).

Trying out new cosmetics may not be for everyone, however, I do hope after reading this, you may consider using more natural products in general.

Make sure you read the ingredients in the products you purchase. Let those armpits breathe!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Tashaney Hibbert-Jones

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