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DIY Natural Deodorant Balm At Home: Craft Your Own Freshness Formula

About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
Her YouTube channel, Jinane World, has 600+ educational videos and 100K+ subscribers.
She is an accredited Master Trainer and gives courses at a reputed academy that has 16 branches worldwide. She sells online courses about natural skincare.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Use any natural skincare or haircare products at your own risk and perform a patch test before use.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm is a must-try project if you’re on a journey to embrace more natural alternatives in your daily routine. Crafting your own personal care products can be both satisfying and rewarding.

In a world where we’re increasingly mindful of what we put on our skin, this do-it-yourself deodorant offers a refreshing departure from commercial options packed with chemicals. By creating your very own Natural Deodorant Balm at home, you gain full control over the ingredients, ensuring that it’s not only effective in keeping you fresh but also safe and gentle on your skin.

Ingredients Needed

  • Coconut oil or soft, odorless shea butter. In summer, coconut oil will be liquid and it is preferable to use shea butter. The advantage of using shea butter is that it is solid year-round, and won’t melt in higher temperatures. If you decide to use coconut oil, in summer put the DIY Natural Deodorant Balm in the fridge to retain its texture.
  • Natural jelly. I wrote previously an article on how to make it at home.
  • Corn flour
  • Potassium alum. It is a naturally occurring mineral salt and is commonly available in a powdered form. It is used in various applications, including as a natural deodorant ingredient due to its ability to help control sweat and odor.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Jasmine fragrance oil
  • Mica color powder

Choose high-quality ingredients to boost the effectiveness and safety of your DIY beauty products. Also, where an essential oil is included in my recipes, I utilize either of two types of essential oils: pure, if added in drops, or diluted, if mixed in grams.

Tools Needed

  • Stainless steel cup
  • Tablespoon
  • Small whisk
  • Wooden popsicle
  • Eyedropper
  • Container to store your DIY Natural Deodorant Balm

Prior to use, ensure that both your utensils and containers are properly cleaned and disinfected. Wash them with warm soapy water, dry with a tissue, and then sanitize by spraying with 70% medical alcohol. Wipe them clean and let them air dry before use.

Steps: DIY Natural Deodorant Balm

Spoon Measurement Terms

In some of our articles, and for non-liquid ingredients, we use the measurements ‘One Spoon,’ ‘Rounded Spoon,’ and ‘Heaped Spoon’, to measure the quantity of ingredients, rather than precise measurements in grams or ounces. This is because adding a little more or less of the ingredient does not affect the final product. Both tablespoons and teaspoons follow these guidelines. Here’s a brief explanation of these terms:

  • One Spoon: Fill the ingredient in a measuring spoon, leveling it with a straight edge.
  • Rounded Spoon: More than a level measurement, with the ingredient piled above the spoon’s edge in a rounded shape.
  • Heaped Spoon: The non-liquid ingredient is scooped as high as possible on a spoon.

1- Start by putting in a cup two heaped tablespoons of coconut oil (if you are in winter) or two heaped tablespoons of soft, odorless shea butter.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add coconut oil or shea butter
Add coconut oil or shea butter

2- Add one heaped tablespoon of natural jelly.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add natural jelly
Add natural jelly

3- Place the cup in a bain-marie (hot water bath). A bain-marie is done by placing the cup in a larger pot of hot steaming water. This will gradually heat/melt whatever is inside the cup. As the contents melt, make sure to mix every now and then.

4- Add one teaspoon of corn flour.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add corn flour
Add corn flour

5- Using a small whisk, mix thoroughly.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Stir thoroughly
Stir thoroughly

6- Add one teaspoon of potassium alum powder.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add potassium alum
Add potassium alum

7- Stir thoroughly.

8- Add one teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add sodium bicarbonate
Add sodium bicarbonate

9- Mix well with the whisk.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Ingredients mixed thoroughly
Ingredients mixed thoroughly

10- With the tip of a wooden popsicle, add a touch of mica color powder. Mix well.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add a little of mica powder
Add a little of mica powder

11- Allow the mixture to cool down for three minutes; we don’t want to add the essential oil and fragrance oil of the subsequent steps while the mix is a bit hot.

12- Add ten drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add tea tree essential oil
Add tea tree essential oil

13- Add 10 drops of jasmine fragrance oil. You can add more if you prefer a stronger scent.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Add jasmine fragrance oil
Add jasmine fragrance oil

14- Stir thoroughly the ingredients.

15- Pour the mix into a container. Allow it to cool down fully.

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Pour the mix into a container
Pour the mix into a container

16- Your DIY Natural Deodorant Balm is now done and ready to use!

DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Final product
DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Final product

How To Use: DIY Natural Deodorant Balm

Using your homemade Natural Deodorant Balm is simple. Follow these steps for effective application:

1. Clean and Dry Skin: Begin with clean and dry underarms. You can use your regular soap or cleanser to ensure your skin is free of any oils or residue.

2. Take a Small Amount: Using your fingertip or a small spatula, scoop out a small amount of the Natural Deodorant Balm from its container. Remember, a little goes a long way.

3. Warm the Balm: Rub the balm gently between your fingertips. This will help to soften it and make it easier to spread.

4. Apply Evenly: Gently apply the balm to your underarms. Be sure to cover the entire underarm area evenly. It should go on smoothly and feel lightweight.

5. Allow it to Absorb: Give the balm a moment to absorb into your skin before dressing. This will help prevent any residue on your clothes.

6. Reapply as Needed: Depending on your activity level and personal preference, you can reapply the Natural Deodorant Balm as needed throughout the day. Some individuals find that it provides all-day protection, while others prefer to reapply after strenuous activity or as a refreshing touch-up.

7. Store Properly: Store your DIY Natural Deodorant Balm in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or excessive heat to maintain its texture and effectiveness.

By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the natural freshness and confidence that your homemade deodorant balm provides. It’s a great way to stay feeling fresh while knowing exactly what you’re applying to your skin.

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Here are the top 5 benefits of using DIY Natural Deodorant Balm:

1. Chemical-Free Assurance:

  • One of the most significant benefits of making and using DIY Natural Deodorant Balm is that you have full control over the ingredients. You can be confident that your deodorant is free from potentially harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and harsh preservatives commonly found in commercial deodorants.

2. Skin-Friendly Formulation:

  • DIY Natural Deodorant Balm includes skin-friendly ingredients like coconut oil and natural jelly, which moisturize and soothe the underarm area. This natural approach is gentle on sensitive skin and less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.

3. Effective Odor Control:

  • The DIY Natural Deodorant Balm contains odor-fighting ingredients. These ingredients help neutralize odors and keep you feeling fresh throughout the day.

4. Environmental Consciousness:

  • Crafting your own deodorant reduces the need for single-use plastic packaging commonly associated with commercial deodorants. This eco-friendly choice aligns with sustainability goals and minimizes your environmental footprint.

5. Personalization and Aromatherapy:

  • The DIY Natural Deodorant Balm offers the opportunity to customize your scent using essential oils and other preferred fragrances. This personalization not only enhances your self-care routine but can also provide aromatherapy benefits, uplifting your mood and enhancing your overall well-being.
DIY Natural Deodorant Balm. Different color and fragrance oil
Different color and fragrance oil

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is DIY Natural Deodorant Balm as effective as commercial deodorants?

  • Yes, DIY Natural Deodorant Balm can be just as effective at controlling odor as commercial deodorants. However, individual results may vary depending on the specific formulation and how well it suits your body’s needs.

2. Will DIY Natural Deodorant Balm stain my clothes?

  • When applied sparingly and allowed to absorb fully before dressing, DIY Natural Deodorant Balm is less likely to stain your clothes compared to some commercial antiperspirants. However, it’s always a good practice to let it absorb completely before putting on clothing to minimize any potential residue.

3. Can I use DIY Natural Deodorant Balm if I have sensitive skin?

  • DIY Natural Deodorant Balm can be an excellent choice for individuals with sensitive skin since it typically contains skin-friendly ingredients. However, it’s essential to do a patch test before widespread use to ensure it doesn’t cause any irritation.

4. How often should I reapply DIY Natural Deodorant Balm?

  • The frequency of reapplication varies from person to person and depends on factors like activity level and personal preference. Some individuals find that one application in the morning provides all-day protection, while others may choose to reapply as needed throughout the day.

5. How do I store DIY Natural Deodorant Balm to maintain its texture?

  • To preserve the texture and effectiveness of your DIY Natural Deodorant Balm, store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or excessive heat. This will help prevent it from becoming too soft or melting. If you opt to use coconut oil, in summer put the deodorant balm in the fridge to retain its consistency.

6. Can I adjust the fragrance of my DIY Natural Deodorant Balm?

  • Yes, you can customize the fragrance of your DIY Natural Deodorant Balm by using different essential oils or fragrance oils. Popular choices include lavender, citrus, and various herbal scents. Experiment to find your favorite combination.

Here are more articles on how to make your own perfumes:

Video How-To on My Channel | Jinane World

The steps to make the DIY Natural Deodorant Balm are demonstrated in this video,

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