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My Homemade Roll-On Deodorant with Essential Oils for body odor will keep you smelling fresh! This deodorant is perfect for someone who is super active. The roller bottle makes it easy to refresh on the go! Bonus: This deodorant is free of toxins. You’ll feel confident no matter what with this simple DIY!

4 Toxins Found in Drugstore Deodorant

People buy deodorant because they want to smell fresh, which is understandable. Everyone wants to enjoy their daily activities without leaving behind a whiff of body odor! While deodorants provide an instant solution, many of them leave adverse effects. Here are a few of the toxins found in most deodorants.

  1. Triclosan: This antibacterial chemical is one of the most popular ingredients in drugstore deodorants. Manufacturers add it because it’s very harsh against fungi and other bacteria. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing it’s tough on. Studies have shown that triclosan can be harsh on your endocrine system. (1) The endocrine system centers on hormones, fertility, sleep, and mood. Because of all the endocrine system effects, we must protect it at all costs!
  2. Phthalates: Phthalates help extend the life of synthetic fragrances. The female body is made to menstruate at a certain age, but phthalates can cause women to hit puberty exceptionally early. (2) Women aren’t the only ones at risk, though! Exposure to phthalates has made many men experience lowered sperm count, (3) among other things.
  3. Parabens: Parabens are what give store-bought products their long shelf life. Studies have shown that many women with breast cancer also had high levels of parabens in their system. Researchers now believe that using products with this ingredient (4) can lead to heightened cancer risk.
  4. Synthetic Fragrance: Everyone knows you can’t bottle that “Mountain Fresh” scent, so it has to be fake! Anyone can tell that these artificial fragrance chemicals aren’t good for you, but research is limited. This is because of the “Trade Secret” act created by the FDA. This act allows companies to keep their formula a secret. In other words, when you buy store-bought deodorant, you never know exactly what you’re putting on your body!

Why Make Homemade Roll-On Deodorant

At this point, you may be wondering what you can use in place of toxic deodorants. I recommend trying this deodorant in place of your regular one. It’s a simple DIY that anyone can make! Here are a few reasons why you should make the switch.

Peace of Mind

Many products on the shelf are labeled “all-natural” but aren’t. Companies are notorious for adding toxic ingredients under different names! Label reading is truly an acquired skill for the natural living guru. When you create your own deodorant, you know just what’s in it. You don’t have to read any labels (unless you really want to!), and you know that every ingredient will benefit your body. Life has enough worries; take one thing off your mind!

Custom Benefits

If you walk into your local big-box store, you can find a deodorant that will fit your fragrance preference and possibly your level of perspiration. But what if you need help focusing? What if you struggle with anxiety or need hormone support? No store-bought deodorant is going to help with that! You know your body better than anyone else, and creating your deodorant puts the power back in your hands. You’re able to create a custom blend that will do what you need it to do.

Self-Sufficiency Rocks

Over the last year, many things have been out of stock. Hectic trips to the grocery store inspired me to take my DIY skills to a whole new level! It’s nice to know that you can take care of yourself no matter what. The world may be crumbling, but the people inside your home will smell fantastic and be odor-free!

Safe & Natural Deodorant Ingredients

Homemade Roll-On Deodorant with Essential Oils Ingredients

This deodorant is one of my simplest DIYs. It requires just two ingredients, and both of them are customizable. You can use what you have on hand, within reason, of course! Here’s what you need.

Carrier Oil: It’s vital to use carrier oil whenever you apply essential oils to the skin. Diluting the oils makes them more effective and stretches your bottle.

You’re losing money if you apply your essential oils neat! I recommend using lighter carrier oils in this recipe, such as jojoba or sweet almond. These two oils don’t leave a greasy residue on the skin!

Essential Oils: This is the fun part and where the real benefits come in! Here are a few oils you can use.

  • Lemon and all citrus essential oils help with odor-producing bacteria. However, you may want to avoid using only citrus oils in this deodorant because we know that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing. That means they can cause your skin to burn or develop sunspots. You’ll want to be sure you check a complete list of photosensitizing oils and individual oil labels if you’ll be spending time outdoors.
  • Antibacterial essential oils – Other essential oils for body odor include those with antibacterial properties, which help minimize the body odor. Did you know that sweat is scentless until it meshes with your skin’s bacteria? This is where antibacterial oils come in! These oils include thyme, tea tree, and pine essential oils.
  • Base note essential oils. Another technique when choosing essential oils for your fragrance blends is to consider adding one or more “low note” or base essential oils. Doing so helps the scent last longer. Try adding myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, or any other heavier oils. These will blend with the middle tones in the fragrance and help carry the lighter citrus oils a lot longer.

If you’d like to tone the blend down, reduce citrus EOs and increase lavender. And remember, when it comes to scent and fragrances, each person (and each person’s body chemistry) is unique! Mix and match these fragrances any way you’d like.

Some of my personal favorites include grapefruit (which has cellulite-reducing properties), patchouli, vetiver, frankincense, and pine which can help ground you.

This recipe has only two steps! Here’s what you do.

Homemade Roll-On Deodorant with Essential Oils
  1. Add 10 drops of essential oils to the roll-on bottle.
  2. Add carrier oil until you reach the top lip of the bottle.
  3. Replace the top.
  4. To use, roll on underarms.
*These carrier oils work great: Fractionated coconut oil, camellia seed oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil. Evening primrose will help if excessive sweating is hormone-related.

** Some good essential oils to use here are lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, vanilla,peppermint, thyme, tea tree, lavender, patchouli, frankincense, ylang ylang, and vetiver.

How to Make Homemade Roll-On Deodorant

Step One: Add Essential Oils

Homemade Roll-On Deodorant with Essential Oils Step One

Add 10 drops of essential oils to a roller bottle. I recommend using a 10 ml dark glass bottle.

Step Two: Add Carrier Oils

Homemade Roll-On Deodorant with Essential Oils Step Two

Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Be sure to leave enough room to add your roller top.

Put the lid on, and voila! You just created a great deodorant that’s perfect for your unique chemistry.



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