Sweating is a natural body process. This is one way of eliminating toxins from the body. Sweat or perspiration is actually odorless. The odor comes from the different bacteria that are on the skin from dust, smog, dead skin cells and hair.
Organic and chemical-free natural deodorant powders are difficult to find and they can expensive. But there are natural ingredients that you can find in grocery stores, health food stores, herbal shops and aromatherapy shops that you can buy to whip up a batch of fresh natural deodorizers in your favorite scents. Following are some recipes:
Basic Deodorant Powder Recipes
- Mix ½ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of baking soda and add a few drops of essential oils like cinnamon or lavender or any scent of your choice (sage and cedar are manly scents) in a sterilized glass jar with a tight lid. Shake vigorously to blend all the ingredients. Sprinkle a light dusting of the powder on a damp washcloth and pat on your armpits. Do not rinse off.
- In an airtight, resealable and reusable container, mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 6 tablespoons of cornstarch. Shake the container vigorously to blend the ingredients well. Apply a light dusting of the powder with a cotton wool or small cosmetic sponge under your arms.
Herbal Powder Deodorant
- In a big Ziploc bag mix, ¼ cup of white oak bark powder, ½ cup of sandalwood powder and ¼ cup of lovage root powder. Shake the bag thoroughly to blend all the ingredients completely. You can also use a food processor for blending.
- Put the mixed powder in small cloth sachets or old baby socks and tie with rubber bands or ribbons. To use, pat a powder sachet on your armpits and on your feet to release a thin dusting of the herbal deodorant. Store your herbal deodorant powder in an airtight container and place in a cool dry place.
- Mix one tablespoon of baking powder and 2 to 3 drops of sage essential oil in a clean plastic bag and tie the opening close. Give the bag a vigorous shake to combine the ingredients. Break down any lumps that may form. Pour the mixture in a small bowl and allow it to dry before transferring it into a cloth sachet. Dust your clean and dry feet with the powder daily. You can also put some of the powder directly inside the shoes overnight.Do not use sage oil if you are pregnant or have epilepsy and substitute it with cypress essential oil.
- In a glass bowl combine ½ cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of fine, dry white clay, 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder and 4 tablespoons of powdered sage. Store the foot powder in a reusable, airtight container. Sprinkle on clean, dry feet daily and sprinkle some in your shoes, too.
- Thoroughly mix ½ cup of cornstarch, ½ cup of baking soda, 4 drops of lemon essential oil, 3 drops each of rosemary and lavender essential oils and store in a glass jar with a tight lid. Sprinkle directly on clean, dry feet daily. Sprinkle some inside your shoes and leave it overnight.
You can sterilize those small spice dispenser jars with a punched plastic inner cap. Remove the paper labels and make new labels for your foot powder. These will make dispensing the powder easier.
Making your own powder deodorants from natural, plant-based ingredients are very beneficial to your body and skin. Not only do you smell fresh and clean, you are assured that you are using non-toxic and eco-friendly products. Do take some precaution when using essential oils as these are very potent. Follow the recipes closely and take time to do research so you will better understand the properties of each essential oil.