Ever wondered how to make a natural deodorant spray? With this DIY recipe, you can make your own. Using witch hazel and essential oils, you can create a beautifully fragranced deodorant that is safe, non-toxic, bi-carb free AND actually works.
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After trying so many off the shelf natural deodorants I was beginning to lose hope and was seriously considering returning to the aluminium laden chemical concoctions that I desperately wanted to stop purchasing forever.
They each had their own failings. One worked quite well but made me smell like a curry, another smelt so delicious but after 2 days I had the most painful rash under my arms and then had to go for a week using nothing at all.
Others deodorants were only partially effective requiring 2 - 4 applications through the day and sometimes a quick bathroom wash if I forgot to set my alarm.
This was becoming hugely inconvenient, and considering it was through autumn and winter, I was fearful of the hot summer months ahead. With my diet including onion and garlic on a regular basis, I would have to be constantly swimming or showering to ward of the smelly sweaty mess!
Who has time to apply deodorant several times a day? Not Me!
I've been a fan of witch hazel for decades and more recently using in my homemade essential oil sprays, I figured it couldn't hurt to test it out as an alternative to deodorant.
It is safe on sensitive skin and has lots of benefits.
In less than 2 minutes, I put together a perfumed spray.
In the afternoon, I did my usual sniff test to see how bad I smelt, and got the best surprise....No Smell! Not even a bit! I didn't want to get too excited, so I gave it a good test run before sharing here.
After using this for over a month (my personally set testing time frame) I had no rash, no itch, no pain, no smell, no embarrassing sweaty patches.
Because now, our spring is almost summer with a lot of days hitting 30 and above. (The pic above is not me, but this sums up exactly how I felt)
Natural Deodorant Spray Ingredients
A Spray Bottle
Essential Oils (optional)
You can find 100ml Glass spray bottles here in either Blue or Amber for around $6.50 each.
If you hate having glass items in your bathroom, opt for these PET Plastic Spray bottles, available in a 5 pack for $12
Witch hazel can be bought in most chemists, you can Dickensons Witch hazel here for under $7.
You don't need a fragrance, personally, I prefer to. Choose a good quality supplier like Eco Modern Essentials (Australian owned and sustainably mad)
Choose what smells nice to you and avoid any oils that irritate skin, especially as you are likely to be using this on a daily basis. (See further down for some great fragrance combos)
How To Mix your Deodorant
>Add 7-10 drops of Essential Oil into the spray bottle. (you can add more later if needed)
> Fill the spray bottle with witch hazel
>Give it a good shake and it's ready to use
Store away from direct sunlight and heat sources as they can impact the fragrance.
This recipe is very cost effective and produces less waste than typical deodorants and is fully recyclable.
You can refill your spray bottle each time you run out.
Fragrance Combinations to Try:
Ylang ylang, Geranium, Lavender & Cedarwood Blend
A Blend of Orange, Patchoili & Sandlawood
Rose & Geranium
Grapefruit & Lime
Don't forget to save this for later so you can refer back to it when you need to refill your spray deodorant.
If you're new to trying natural deodorant, I highly recommend reading through the tips on why your natural deodorant might not be working and what you can do about.
I hope this helps you to make the perfect natural deodorant spray that you can confidently use throughout all the seasons of the year.
Let me know if you try it and how it went. I'd love to know your thoughts on how it compares to other deodorants (natural or not).
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