It’s time for a do it yourself. A while ago I changed to the aluminium-free spray deodorants from the health food store and I really liked them a lot. Unfortunately, they are quite expensive, so I decided to make my spray deodorant myself. This might sound kind of complicated, but it isn’t. Actually you just need four ingredients and a leftover spray bottle.
For 2 spray bottles with 75ml each you need:
- 150ml boiled oder distilled water
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12-16 drops essential oil
First, you boil the water and let it cool. It mustn’t have more than 49°C, otherwise the baking soda will turn to caustic soda. And you don’t want to spray that on your armpits every day. When you use distilled water you can start right at this point. Take the baking soda and the salt and ground them in a mortar. Then pour them in the water and stir until dissolved. This might take a while. If you are impatient like me, you can pour everything in a blender and just blend until well combined. When the baking soda and salt are completely dissolved, you can add the essential oil and transfer the deodorant to your spray bottles. Shake them before usage as oil and water always separate.
I used bergamot oil because I already had it at home- in general citrus oils are quite good, because they reduce odor. In addition you can add 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil, which has an antibacterial effect. Of course you can also add essential oils just because of their smell. I love lavender, rose and vanilla. It is important to me to shop good quality essential oils. They last quite long and it is definitely worth to spend more on them. I like to use them in any kind of homemade cosmetics as well as for my detergent and dishwashing liquid.