Most antiperspirants contain aluminum, which is not safe for the body. Many also contain synthetic fragrances which can be carcinogenic and toxic. Do you want these on your body? I surely don't. I wanted a natural deodorant. So I went on a quest to find a non-toxic underarm freshener.
I spent about 30 minutes in the drug store a few months ago trying to find a deodorant WITHOUT aluminum or synthetic fragrances and let me tell you, it ended up being a waste of time.
I read the labels of the "popular" brands you see on TV and was so disappointed that they all had toxic chemicals in them. There were no all natural deodorant options. That is when I decided I needed to make my own.
I knew essential oil would make a great natural deodorant so I tried to a few of them neat (undiluted) to my underarms.
Lavender essential oil worked the best out of the ones that I tried, I just had to reapply every few hours. I also knew that melaleuca (tea tree oil) would be great because it is a strong antiseptic. This recipe has both essential oils plus baking soda and arrowroot (or cornstarch) to help with perspiration.
Lavender And Tea Tree Essential Oil Blend
Can you use essential oils for deodorant? Yes, you can use essential oils for deodorant. A combination of lavender and tea tree essential oil is particularly effective in combating body odor.
Lavender oil has an aromatic scent that helps to freshen up the skin and clothes, while tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that fight off odor-causing bacteria. Together, these two essential oils make a powerful deodorant blend.
DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe
This combination of lavender and tea tree essential oils makes an excellent natural deodorant that will help keep you feeling confident all day long without any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances. Give it a try!
- 5 tablespoons Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 10 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Tea Tree
- Glass jar
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until creamy
- Apply a pea-size amount to each underarm
- Keep in a recycled closed container or salve jar.
Just want tea tree oil deodorant? Omit the lavender. You can try different essential oils and customize this essential oil deodorant to your liking. If I learned anything from using essential oils over the years, it is that essential oils can be substituted to suit your need or what oils you have available in your arsenal.
If you find a great recipe but do not have the exact oils it calls for, try it with the oils you have at your home. I know not everybody has shelves full of different oils but even with a few essential oils, you can create wonderful DIY recipes!
The answer to the question of whether you can use essential oils for deodorant is a resounding yes! Essential oils are highly concentrated natural extracts that have powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making them ideal for controlling odor-causing bacteria. A blend of lavender and tea tree essential oils can create an effective deodorant that not only smells wonderful but also helps keep you fresh and dry throughout the day.
When using essential oils for deodorant, it's important to remember that a little goes a long way. Start with just a few drops of each oil and add more if needed. Never apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin as they are highly potent and can cause skin irritation. Instead, dilute the oils in a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil before applying them to your body.