I have been using natural deodorant for a while now. I can’t remember exactly when I made the switch, it has been at least 2 years. I have tried a few different natural deodorants and settled on one. That one was good until recently when the scent started to overwhelm me. I don’t know if it is postpartum hormones or what, but that deodorant had to go! Since then I have been on the hunt for a new natural deodorant. Then I had the brilliant idea to try to make my own. I have a TON of essential oils and I just recently received some empty 2 ounce glass essential oil spray bottles. It was a sign!
Making my natural essential oils deodorant spray was really easy. I actually had everything I needed to make it on hand thanks to my DIY Padsicles for post baby bliss. I made two different sprays and so far both seem to be working equally well. I bounce my 10 month old to sleep multiple times a day. She snuggles up to my armpit during this time and throughout the night. I wanted to make sure the deodorant I was using was safe for her to breath in constantly. This is one of the main reasons I decided to make my own deodorant spray. The oils I chose are safe for babies 6 months and older. You can use different oils to scent your deodorant but you do always need to have tea tree, melaleuca or lemon for the antibacterial properties.
The first DIY natural essential oils deodorant spray consists of witch hazel (with lavender), Melaleuca essential oil and sweet orange essential oil. I decided to use Melaleuca because I have heard it is safer for babies verses tea tree oil. If you don’t have babies smelling your armpits, tea tree oils is perfectly fine.
- 1 3/4 ounces witch hazel
- 20 drops melaleuca essential oil
- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
I put the lid on, shook it really well and sprayed! I like to spray each pit 2 times. This lasts me all day long. I do not stink! And I know my baby will not be smelling chemicals or other yucky smells while she is in the crook of my arm. Another benefit to this natural essential oil deodorant spray is when Bunny, my 3 year old, asks for some too I can let her have some! I would never let her use my roll on chemical filled deodorant, which makes me wonder if I should be using it too.
My second DIY natural essential oils deodorant spray consists of witch hazel (with lavender), aloe vera gel, melaleuca essential oil and lemon essential oil.
For this recipe I used
- 1 3/4 ounces witch hazel
- 10 drops of aloe vera gel
- 15 drops of melaleuca essential oil
- 15 drops of lemon essential oil
This recipe is great for those of us with extra sensitive skin. The aloe vera gel seems to sooth and is great for after shaving. Neither of theseDIY natural essential oils deodorant sprays stung after shaving. I haven’t noticed a huge difference between the two sprays so if you do not have aloe vera gel on hand, don’t sweat it. (HA!) The witch hazel does not have to have lavender in it either. This is what I had on hand so this is what I used. If you use witch hazel with alcohol it will sting for a bit when you first spray it on. I used witch hazel that was alcohol free.
I do have to say, using DIY natural essential oils deodorant spray does keep me from stinking and it actually lasts longer than the stick natural deodorants I have used. It is also easier to clean my pits. I feel like I don’t have any residue left over on my arm pits after my shower whereas when I was using stick deodorant I always felt like I couldn’t fully clean the residue off. I have also noticed, if I forget to put on deodorant right away, I do not start to smell as quickly as I did before. The DIY natural essential oils deodorant spray lasts longer and keeps me from smelling. The only potential downside is I do sweat. When I was using natural stick deodorant I would not sweat very much, mainly because my sweat pores were being blocked, keeping the sweat inside my body. Now that my pores are open and free, I do sweat. I don’t sweat excessively and others can not tell. But it is a new feeling for those who are not used to it. Other than this, I LOVE my DIY natural essential oils deodorant sprays!
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