DIY deodorant with 3 ingredients
A homemade roll-on, friend of the skin and wallet
We learned at our expense that advertising is often misleading, but as deceptive as the deodorants’ ads there are very few. They make consumers believe they can go to a place by running or cycling and on arrival they can hug friends and colleagues, giving off a pleasant smell of fresh: needless to say that there is no substance capable of magically transforming an unpleasant odor, turning it into a pleasant aroma of menthol; or if such a substance exists, it certainly can not be obtained naturally and without consequences for the end user.
There are very few deodorants with a good INCI: often the aesthetic aspect or the fragrance are considered more important than respect for the PH of the skin or for the environment. If you want to buy industrial deodorants, always check the labels looking for chemical additives that could have a stinging effect and avoid alcohol and nickel, often causing allergies.
Be aware, however, that only a few ingredients are enough to create your deodorant at low cost and very low environmental impact at home.
First of all you have to decide if you want a deodorant or an antiperspirant: the first one is used to eliminate bad smells, the second one to limit perspiration. Undoubtedly if you suffer from excessive diaphoresis, an antiperspirant could be good for you, but do not overdo it: preventing the skin from transpiring according to natural needs could be counterproductive for the body. For some occasions when it is necessary to limit sweating, you can use potassium alum (or rock alum): it is a mixed salt of aluminum sold in the classic stone shape, which is moistened and passed on the body; it has bactericidal, astringent and healing properties, but its dermatological safety is not certain.
For everyday hygiene, I recommend opting for something even simpler and more natural. Bicarbonate, for example, is known for its ability to neutralize bad odors: it can be used pure directly on the skin or in an aqueous solution (you just have to be careful when wearing dark clothes because it tends to stain clothes). Bicarbonate is excellent as a fundamental ingredient of our homemade deodorant, combined with some essential oils to improve the fragrance and increase the antibacterial action, as in the case of o.e. of Tea Tree or Palmarosa.
Roll-on deodorant with 3 ingredients
- 50 gr of demineralized water
- 5 gr of sodium bicarbonate
- 0.5 gr xanthan gum
- Tea tree essential oil
Ok, the ingredients are four, but the water doesn’t count … no?
The procedure is very simple: shed the sodium bicarbonate in the water, taking care to let it rest until completely dissolved; pour the xanthan gum on the mixture and let it hydrate and turn into gel. Xanthan gum is a thickening and stabilizing additive used also in the food field and has the function of transforming our compound into a kind of cream, whose consistency will allow the ball of the roll-on to take the product and make it applicable on the skin; if you did not have xanthan gum available, you can still make a mixture with the remaining ingredients, but for the application you will have to use a spray dispenser because your deodorant will remain liquid.
When the mixture of ingredients is completely hydrated, pour a dozen drops of essential oil and mix with a milk frother or a whisk; transfer the mixture to a recycled container with a dosing ball and you will have obtained your new deodorant. Given the price of raw materials, your roll-on will cost less than 50 cents. I remind you that in order to last over time, your DIY deodorizer must be prepared in optimal hygienic conditions, with all tools and containers cleaned and sanitized.
Once finished the one you are using, just rinse the container and prepare a new deodorant, perhaps varying the fragrance: is not a wonderful solution for our health and the environment?