DIY Witch Hazel Deodorant
Yes… another deodorant! I’ve been very determined this past month to create and test as many natural homemade deodorants to find something with that extra endurance power. The biggest problem has been with creating something that lasts all through the day – my magnesium and lavender deodorant is great for days when I’m not doing very much as it is water-based, but for days I am at work for eight hours, or if I am out all day, it doesn’t really get me through. After trying this recipe for 2 weeks now, it is my latest and favourite aluminium and chemical-free deodorant!
As you can tell from the title of the post, the secret weapon here is witch hazel. I have actually tried using plain distilled witch hazel on its own in the morning (just soaked into a cotton wool pad and wiping under arms) and it works just fine, but for added antibacterial properties and a nicer aroma, I have added a few extra elements.
Recipe – The Base
- 90ml distilled witch hazel (I have found it in most supermarkets and chemists)
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 drops lime essential oil
- 2 drops clove essential oil
- 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
Add all ingredients to a glass bottle and shake. Personally I find it more effective to use with cotton wool or tissue to wipe underarms but you could decant into an atomiser bottle if you’d prefer a spray.
For The Handbag
My handbag always seems to weigh a tonne even when I think I have barely anything in it at all! So instead of carrying around a bulky 100ml bottle of deodorant (my shoulder would drop off, and I can see myself managing to smash it in my bag rather embarrassingly), I like to keep a mini emergency-size jar! The little Wilkin & Sons super adorable mini jam jars are only 35p each at my local supermarket, so after you have enjoyed your raspberry jam, marmalade or honey, you can recycle the jar as a travel-size deodorant bottle. I just pop in my bag with a few cotton wool pads and I can freshen-up through-out the day if I need to.
As you already know, this isn’t an antiperspirant, so it isn’t going to stop you sweating. But the witch hazel, lavender, lemon, grapefruit and lime are all astringent (they ‘shrink’ the pores in your skin) – clove, lavender, lemon, grapefruit and lime essential oils are brilliant for the skin and fighting bacteria as they are all antiseptic, anti-viral, disinfectant and detoxifying. Clove is especially skin-friendly and is used to treat acne, helping your underarms heal from shaving, and skin clear. Who wouldn’t want these lovely oils on their skin rather than the parabens and harmful chemicals in regular deodorant? 🙂
If anyone has any suggestions for any other great deodorant recipes please let me know in the comments or send me a tweet – I’d love to hear!