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Transitioning from conventional chemical-filled deodorant is one of the best things you can do for your health and your body. While there are a ton of great solid and spray deodorants on the market that are natural and organic, sometimes making your own product at home is more fun, saves you heaps of money, and you can also customize it exactly to your liking.

You can also control exactly what goes into your deodorant spray so you can make the simplest and cleanest product possible. Oftentimes, if you are not careful, natural brands can sneak a lot of unwanted ingredients into their products. Even though those ingredients might be much less bad than those found in conventional deodorant, many people still want to avoid those types of additives.

Although it might seem overwhelming and difficult, making your own natural deodorant spray at home is about as simple as it can get. It requires very few ingredients, it is budget-friendly, and it is likely that you have most of the ingredients in your home already. But if making your own deodorant at home just is not your style, check out the 10 best natural and organic deodorants, here!

Ingredients

For the base of the spray you will need the following ingredients:

  • Organic vodka
  • Distilled water

If you do not have organic vodka, you can also use another organic high-proof alcohol as well. Gin, whiskey, bourbon, or tequila are all great options as well! You will want to use organic alcohol if at all possible to make sure you are not spraying chemicals and pesticides on your underarms.

Alcohol is often made from potatoes, sugar cane, and wheat, which are all crops that are either GMO or heavily sprayed with pesticides. Roundup is generally sprayed on GMO crops since the crops are resistant to this type of pesticide. Roundup is a known human carcinogen and can cause cancer, reproductive issues, and birth defects.

Ocean Vodka Organic
Popular Pesticide Free Vodka

There are many great brands that produce healthy organic spirits. Ocean Vodka makes a very high-quality organic vodka that is always a good option.

For the natural fragrance you will need any combination of the following:

  • Rose essential oil
  • Ylang ylang essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Clary sage essential oil
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Or any other floral essential oil of your liking. The possibilities are endless!

Of course, you will also need a spray water bottle as well. To keep your essential oils fresh and safe, you will want to use a dark glass water bottle with a spray nozzle. You can find inexpensive dark glass bottles often at your local health food market or you can simply buy them online.

Simple Spray Bottle
Simple Spray Bottle Example

You can make multiple deodorant sprays at a time because they keep well due to the high alcohol content. But you can also make one at a time if you prefer a freshly made deodorant spray. These sprays are super flexible!

When making your fragrance for your deodorant spray, you can use any combination of the oils above or any other floral essential oils you have and love. Some lovely combinations are:

  • Rose, chamomile, lavender
  • Ylang ylang, juniper, geranium
  • Rose and lavender
  • Jasmine and clary sage
  • Chamomile and jasmine
  • Juniper, clary sage, rose
  • Geranium and chamomile

Instructions

  1. Fill your spray bottle with half vodka or other spirit and fill the rest with distilled water.
  2. Add 10 drops of each essential oil per 1 oz.
  3. Shake the mixture together.
  4. Spray 1 to 2 sprays under your underarms in the morning and freshen up at any time throughout the day.
  5. Keep your floral deodorant spray in a cool, dry, and dark place to keep it fresh for as long as possible. A great place to keep your spray is in a bathroom cabinet.
  6. Each time you use your spray, make sure to give it a good shake to ensure the essential oils in the bottle distribute through the liquid adequately. Essential oils will float on the top of the water, so if you want to essential oils to spray out well, shaking vigorously in an important step!

And your DIY natural, organic, floral deodorant spray is done! This is an incredibly easy spray to whip up that will keep your pets smelling fresh and dry all day long. As with most natural deodorant options, you will still find you sweat a bit more than when you use conventional deodorant with aluminum as the main ingredient. Aluminum clogs the sweat glands in your armpits and that is why you do not sweat when using an aluminum-based antiperspirant.

However, you will still find your pits sweat less than if you used nothing at all. Over time, your armpits will adjust and detox from conventional deodorant as well, which makes you sweat less naturally. It is a win-win scenario.

This article was last updated on November 23, 2021 .

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Finding a natural deodorant that uses all-natural ingredients and actually works for helping to control both sweating and smelling is hard.  In fact, we think finding an effective natural deodorant may just be the hardest thing to find in the natural skincare and personal item industry.  So many people can go months, or even years, trying to find the best option.

While a lot of it depends on your own body and what you are looking for in natural deodorant, some options are better than others and that is where Zion Health’s ClayDry Deodorant comes into play.  ClayDry deodorant is made with safe and healthy ingredients, is aluminum-free, and actually helps control sweating and smelling…yes, really!

The Ingredients

Zion Health ClayDry Deodorant Ingredients The ingredients you find in this product are clean, natural, and healthy so you have nothing to worry about when it comes to using it on a daily basis.  They use a special blend of essential oils, arrowroot powder, clay, oils, butter, and flower extracts that help absorb wetness and neutralize odor all day long, even though tough workouts when you get hot and sweaty. 

Clay is known for being porous and absorbent, which is a special ingredient in this option that really helps fight the sweating you often still get with many natural deodorants.  We love that this deodorant is free of harmful aluminum and propylene glycol. 

The Benefits 

Besides the great clean and high-quality ingredients, there are two other main benefits ClayDry that we also touched upon above.  The first biggest advantage of this deodorant is it controls the amount your armpits sweat during the day, even when you are hot or working out.

As with every other natural deodorant, you are not going to stop completely sweating during workouts throughout the day since it is designed totally differently than antiperspirants. However, when we used this during a cardio and weight lifting workout, the amount of sweat we had was reduced by at least 80%. This is a huge deal!  The second biggest benefit is its ability to control smell as well. It does a great job at eliminating odors in a safe and natural way. 

How to Use

Zion Health ClayDry Deodorant Closeup You are going to use this deodorant just like you would any other natural or conventional option. You will use a few swipes on your armpit area in the morning or whenever you want to apply it and you should be good to go for the rest of the day! If you find you are particularly sweaty, in hot weather, or tend to sweat a lot when working out, you may want to reapply more during these specific times just for added protection. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall, we really love this deodorant and think it works incredibly well compared to so many of the other options on the market that are natural and/or organic. It controls sweat and smell, which are the two biggest things everyone is looking for in a natural deodorant.  However, there are two things we are not the craziest about and that is the use of the ingredient “natural elderberry fragrance.”

We do not know what makes up this fragrance and how natural it really is. Since it does not say it comes from essential oil or natural extract, we suspect it may come from an unnatural source.  While this is not a huge con, it is a little bit difficult to apply to your underarms. It is not smooth and does not glide on like other options. It drags against your skin a bit and seems sticky going on. But the good thing is once you have it applied it does not feel sticky or tacky in the slightest bit! 

This article was last updated on February 24, 2021 .

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Discard your toxic deodorizers and use a natural deodorant instead to stop the damage from those chemicals. Read the benefits of natural deodorant below.

What’s Natural Deodorant?

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A deodorant is a substance we apply to the body to prevent body odor. Unlike conventional deodorizer, natural deodorant is made-up of odor-fighting ingredients like virgin coconut oil, beeswax, cornstarch, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, saccharomyces, and some essential oils. It allows the good bacteria to flourish, which eventually removes the body odor. This natural product comes in cream, stick, roll-on, spray, or in gel-form.

Benefits of Natural Deodorant

As regular deodorant is full of toxic chemicals like aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, parabens, propylene glycol, and triclosan, that’s why the transition to a natural and organic deodorant is necessary. Here’re some Benefits of Natural Deodorant, that’ll surely make you try them out!

1. Prevents Yellowish Cloth Stain

It’s often assumed that the flashing-yellow pit stain is caused due to sweat, but it’s a half-truth. Aluminum-filled deodorant is the real culprit behind pit stains. It happens when it reacts with the under-arm sweat. As natural deodorant is aluminum-free and made up of natural ingredients, it’ll make your clothes last longer and stain-free.

2. Rashe-free Skin

Rashe Free Skin

Conventional deodorant can cause skin irritation, blisters, rashes, cracks on skin and inflammation due to its paraben element. So it’s better to use natural deodorants, which is far from the side effects of paraben. However, you’ve to pick the right natural deodorant according to your skin type.

3. Keeps Your Skin Pores Open

Sweating is a significant action required to be done regularly to excrete the harmful toxins from the body. Traditional deodorant contains aluminum salt, which blocks the under-arm skin pores and forces toxins to stay in the body to prevent the bad-odor. Rather than plugging the sweat glands, natural deodorant neutralizes the bad-smelling bacteria by its antibacterial ingredients, like coconut oil and tea tree oil. Furthermore, it has natural absorbents like baking soda and cornstarch that absorb the excess sweat coming out of apocrine-glands.

4. Balances Bacterial-level

Regular deodorant kills good bacteria (Staphylococcaceae) and develops harmful bacteria by preventing the apocrine glands of under-arms from producing sweat. Whereas natural deodorizer fights against odor-causing ‘Corynebacteria’, thereby maintaining a firm balance of good bacteria.

5. Prevent White Stains on Clothes

Prevent White Stains On Clothes

Conventional deodorants have an ingredient named ‘Aluminum chloride’ that builds-up on your clothes, causing white stains or white marks. In order to prevent the damage caused by white stains, you can use chemical-free natural deodorants.

6. Free from Synthetic Fragrance

Synthetic fragrance is an organic compound that’re used in deodorants for their distinctive and pleasant smell but its frequent exposure can induce skin-discoloration, and allergies as well. In addition, its inhalation can trigger asthma and other respiratory problems.

Homemade Natural Deodorant

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Here’s a simple DIY recipe to make a natural deodorant on your own-

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons of arrowroot starch
  • 5-6 drops of essential oils
  • Tight lid glass jar
  • Mixing bowl

Directions

  1. Firstly, add 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 tbsp of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of arrowroot starch with 5-6 drops of lavender or sandalwood essential oil in a mixing bowl and blend them well.
  2. Then pour all the mixture into a tight lid glass jar. Now it’s ready to use.
  3. Just dab your fingers into the mixture and apply it gently onto your armpits.

After reading the above benefits, you’ll know, why natural deodorant is the best alternative in comparison to conventional deodorizer. Just go for it!

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Natural Deodorant DIY (click through for tutorial If you’ve ever gotten into making your own beauty products before, then you know how addicting it can be. One area that I hadn’t gotten to try yet (but was so curious to see if I liked), was making my own deodorant. If you’ve been trying to switch your body care products to more natural options, then you probably already know about some of the toxins that can be found in many of the antiperspirant and regular deodorants on the market (like aluminum, parabens (preservatives), and questionable chemicals labeled as “fragrance” to name a few). One thing that I like about the more natural DIY versions out there (as well as the one that I use), is that you probably already have most of the ingredients that you need to make your own version at home! And since you are making your deodorant from scratch, you can also customize the scent combination and strength as well.

Natural Deodorant DIY (click through for tutorial) Natural Deodorant DIY
Recipe slightly adapted from Wellness Mama’s Natural Deodorant

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons Shea butter
2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
6 drops of lavender essential oil*

2 drops of vanilla oil*
container for deodorant (either a push-up stick or a jar)

*You can use whatever essential oil you like, but this is the combo I love.

Natural Deodorant DIY (click through for tutorial) Measure out your ingredients into a glass mason jar and loosely place the lid on the top. Add 4-5” of water into a pot and bring the water to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and place your glass jar into the pot. Allow the warm water to melt the ingredients together (you can give the jar a swirl to mix every minute or two).

Natural Deodorant DIY (click through for tutorial)

Once your concoction is liquid, let it cool a little, and then pour it into either a jar or push-up deodorant stick for use. Since coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees, your deodorant will be more solid below that temperature and more of a lotion if it’s warmer. So, how cool you keep your house may determine if you want to use a jar or the stick for your container (you can use either your fingers to apply out of the jar or I’ve also seen people use little spreader sticks to apply).

Natural Deodorant DIY (click through for tutorial) I was a little skeptical about making this category of product myself, but you know what? I really love it. The smell is great, and it works just as well as the other deodorants I’d been buying, but I can feel really good about what went into making it (my husband really likes it too!). Since it is an oil base, I usually apply it a few minutes before getting dressed so it has time to soak into my skin and I don’t get excess on clothes (kind of the same way you would if you use coconut oil as a lotion). As with all skin products, go easy on the amount you use until you know that it doesn’t react badly with your skin type. I love seeing all the homemade beauty products taking over my bathroom sink, and I can’t wait to find more options I love! xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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