View Full Version : Help with my homemade deodorant.
11-21-2011, 11:35 AM
Up till now, I have been using just a stick of alum as my deodorant. It works well, but it generally doesn't last all day for me and I would like to move up to something a little bit better. I am interested in making my own deodorant. I have seen some of the other natural stuff available like the Crystal deodorant, but to me it is basically a fancy stick of alum.
So here is the ingredients I plan to use in my deodorant, I don't have any idea of what proportions I should use, or if I should any anything else. My expectations for it is to just last about 8 hours minimum, it should either be a spray or a balm like substance that I can rub on with my finger, and lastly it should have a nice scent, but that can be subjective.
Clary Sage Oil
Tea Tree Oil
An aftershave for a nice scent
Coconut Oil (some advice here would help as well, because I am not sure if coconut oil is any good)
Essentially, I am looking for some input as to if these ingredients are any good and any advice on the proportions I should use. I have a general idea of it, but any help can be useful.
11-21-2011, 11:57 AM
May want to stay away from Cornstarch and Coconut oil...
Go with a very high ratio of Aloe Vera, diluted with witch hazel... if you become raw, the Tea tree will burn like hell, so make it a small amount....
Not sure on the alum, the sage is a good manly scent, so an aftershave consisting of alcohol will only make you irritated and burn raw skin...
Start basic, and do it on off days, in the mean time......
Try some Alvera deodorant, search www.vitacost.com for it - it is cheap, I work in a shipyard and it works for a long time, granted you apply on clean and dry skin!
11-21-2011, 08:29 PM
incucrash, thanks for your reply. The reason why I might add the cornstarch and coconut oil is because I want sort of a lotion like consistency. Most of the ingredients on there I got off of other homemade deodorant recipes that I found online.
So far, I am still aiming for that lotion like consistency, otherwise I will be fine with a spray.
This is what I am planning to use in my deodorant (I have not made it yet though):
Sage Oil (bought) - Inhibits sweat production, Antibacterial
Tea Tree Oil (bought) - Antibacterial, Antifungal
Grapefruit Oil (bought) - I just really like the citrus scent complementing the woody scent. :001_smile
Thayer's Lavender Witch Hazel or Thayer's Rosemary Witch Hazel (still deciding) - Dries the skin, Inhibits sweat production, Some other positive skin properties
Aqua Velva Ice Blue (bought) - To add that alcohol component for the deodorant, plus it is a nice scent.
Alum (I already have that) - Antibacterial
Baking Soda (I already have that) - Deodorizer, Soaks up the sweat.
Shea Butter (I have no idea where to find this) - Makes the deodorant in a lotion consistency
Here is where I am getting most of the ideas for my deodorant.
Let me know if you guys have any ideas or advice.
11-22-2011, 08:44 AM
Coconut oil, I think, would be a terrible idea.
I would advocate for witch hazel and aloe vera as the main ingredients, with essential oils providing scent and some antibacterial properties.
11-22-2011, 09:10 AM
With the essential oils you need to remain beneath 3% total combined weight otherwise you are too far into the therapeutic levels. 3% is therapeutic already so you don't want to take it higher than that.
Coconut oil will leave your feel rather sticky but I strongly recommend Baking Soda as it will leave you feeling really comfortable.
11-24-2011, 10:03 AM
Normally deodorant which is available in market doesn't last long from 4-5 hours..But you are talking about homemade deodorant..But your expectations for homemade deodorant is to just last about 8 hours minimum..I don't say that it is not possible,it can be possible but it needs some powerful ingredients which lasts for long time..
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