I don’t usually wear deodorant.
I know, it’s embarrassing but hear me out! The human body needs to sweat. Sweating is one of your body’s natural processes of detoxing. When you block that process with conventional deodorants it can cause those toxins to get stuck in your body.
Now I know what you’re thinking – do you just walk around stinking all the time?! *laughing face*
The answer is no. When I need to go somewhere nice I like to keep my deodorant game as natural and simple as possible!
But to be quite honest, once you’ve given your body time to detox and get used to not using conventional deodorant, it responds much differently than you’d think! Everyone sweats but not everyone smells the same.
Body odor has multiple factors one being diet and also your body overcompensating for years of deodorant use.
But of course, when I go somewhere nice I want to make sure there’s no chance that some stench might creep up so I started searching for a natural deodorant.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor. All opinions are my own.
Why I Decided to Try Natural Deodorant
I started a deep dive into natural living and products 10 years ago when I was pregnant with my first baby. I found out that almost all of the deodorants sold in stores contain many questionable ingredients.
What a bummer! So I started my quest for the perfect natural deodorant without all the toxic ingredients. I wanted my body to be as healthy as possible to carry and bring a new life into the world.
I kept up my natural living journey and after much trial and error, I found the best baking soda-free deodorant recipes with only 1 ingredient each!
Sounds too good to be true but I promise it’s not! Sometimes the simple options actually are the best. These recipes will knock out your body odor without all the toxic chemicals using only natural ingredients.
If you have a hard time with complicated DIY recipes, these 3 simple recipes are perfect for you! You can finally ditch those commercial deodorants and use your own homemade deodorant.
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Why I Don’t Use Baking Soda
If you buy a natural deodorant or search for natural deodorant recipes you’ll quickly find out almost all of them have baking soda in the ingredients. The reason I don’t recommend baking soda is that it can be very irritating to your skin after prolonged use.
I used to make a recipe that had baking soda in it and after a while, my husband’s armpit hairs turned from brown to orange and he had an allergic reaction!
It’s important to note this didn’t happen at first but over time.
I’m sure you’ve probably used baking soda for cleaning a toilet or sink before. The reason it works so well is that it is mildly abrasive. That means over time it will scrape up the skin on your armpits and cause skin irritation.
After that fiasco, we decided to forget the baking soda idea altogether and find a gentler and simpler option.
That being said you definitely won’t need baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) for these recipes!
Why I Chose 1 Ingredient Recipes
There are many recipes on the internet for homemade deodorants that contain more than one ingredient. They usually also involve some kind of heating using a double boiler.
While these recipes probably work, I’ve found that the simplest recipes most times are the best! Plus you won’t have to buy a ton of expensive ingredients and make the recipe only to find it out it doesn’t work for you. That’s always such a bummer!
That’s why I chose these 3 simple recipes. You can try them without having to commit to a complicated recipe and expensive ingredients. It’s a win-win!
In this article I’ll cover 3 different natural deodorant options:
- Apple Cider Vinegar: How does it work and does it stink?
- Magnesium Oil: What is it and how do you use it?
- Lime: Seriously, lime? How?
Here’s how to make your own deodorant 3 ways with only 1 ingredient each!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is truly the queen of natural products. It’s antifungal, antibacterial, and works perfectly as a natural homemade deodorant.
All you have to do is take a glass spray bottle and add 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Spray this on your armpits whenever you would usually apply your deodorant. I guess that’s technically two ingredients. 😉
I know what you are thinking, doesn’t it smell bad?! The great part is once it dries you won’t be able to smell the vinegar smell anymore and it actually works to neutralize body odor.
Plus it is a super common ingredient in daily life and you probably already have it in your pantry. Apple cider vinegar also works great for ant bites!
If you’re worried about the smell or you’re just feeling fancy you can also add essential oils to your mix. Add a few drops of essential oil straight to your spray bottle.
This will add a nice scent and also more antibacterial properties if you add tea tree oil. You can also add lavender essential oil if you prefer a floral scent.
It’s a good idea to get a high-quality organic apple cider vinegar with the mother for the best results!
Apple Cider Vinegar Deodorant Recipe
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups water
- glass spray bottle
- *optional: essential oils
- Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
- Spray on your armpits when you would usually use your deodorant.
Magnesium is a super important mineral that many of us are lacking in our diet since our soils have become so depleted. Using magnesium oil as a deodorant is a double win because you are able to beat body odor while also replenishing this important mineral!
My husband and I use this magnesium oil as a deodorant. I love it because the bottle is huge and you only need a small amount so it will last you forever! If you love simplicity, you have to try this. You will love it!
This homemade deodorant recipe is about as simple as it gets.
Simply spray magnesium oil on your armpits when you would usually use deodorant. It comes in a plastic bottle so if you prefer glass you can pour it into a glass spray bottle instead.
This one is so funny and so simple. All you need is a lime! I bet you might even have one in your refrigerator right now. Go ahead and take a look, I’ll wait. 😉
Okay now, all you do is cut the lime in half and rub it on your armpits just like deodorant. You can reuse it as long as you applied it to clean armpits.
Use it as long as you feel like the juice is still spreading on your skin. Store it in the refrigerator in a mason jar. So easy!
The good thing about this recipe is it’s inexpensive – free if you have a lime tree! It is so simple and won’t clog your sweat glands with toxic ingredients. Give it a try!
A Note About Detoxing
When people ask me how I can go without wearing deodorant or only using natural ingredients the answer is – it takes time! We all sweat but that doesn’t mean we all have to smell.
If you’ve been using a normal deodorant for a long time it will take your body a while to adjust.
I suggest going deodorant-free anytime you are staying home so your body can detox and you won’t have to be embarrassed in front of your friends and family.
When you go out try one of these 3 simple recipes. Don’t give up if you feel like it doesn’t work at first. As I said your body will take time to adjust and detox from the continual use of toxic chemicals.
Even though it might seem hard it’s completely worth it. I haven’t used a conventional deodorant for over 10 years and I will never go back! You are worth it and our long-term health will thank you!
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Conclusion: Baking Soda Free Deodorant Recipes
In this article, I shared with you 3 different baking soda-free deodorant recipes:
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Great for anyone who has time to mix with water, has a spray bottle on hand, and for anyone with sensitive skin. Don’t worry the vinegar smell will go away once it dries!
- Magnesium Oil: If you want a no-fuss recipe with only 1 active ingredient this one is for you. You won’t need to source a ton of different ingredients like arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, or shea butter- just one bottle of magnesium oil is all you need! Spray and go!
- Lime: So simple and easy. Just cut your lime in half and rub it on your armpits as you would your deodorant!
I hope you enjoy your new deodorant! Which baking soda-free deodorant idea will you try?! Let me know in the comments and please share this post with a friend who would love it!