New to making Do-It-Yourself (DIY) body care products? Here’s a great one to start with.
I just finished my first week of my last semester in college, and I had A LOT going on.
A new set of classes, a re-energized push to get myself to the gym a few days a week, and moving into my own apartment on campus. I had packages to pick up, groceries to grab at stores, and I even put down a deposit for my first car (yikes!). I sweat a lot when I’m this active, so I definitely need a strong and odor-busting deodorant. But it’s also really important to me that my body care products are never tested on animals, are vegan (though I am sometimes open to beeswax even though it’s not technically vegan), and preferably are packaged in reusable or biodegradable packaging. So here’s my solution: A quick and easy DIY vegan deodorant! This recipe hits all of my requirements AND takes less than five minutes AND requires only three ingredients:
Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, & Cornstarch
I’ve been making this recipe for over six months now, and it served me well during my three and a half month summer job on my college’s organic farm. The fun part about this recipe is that you can customize its scent! While I prefer mine to have a more neutral smell with only a hint of coconut from the coconut oil, you can use any essential oils you want to give your deodorant a scent.
What You Need
- 1 small glass jar, metal tin, or Tupperware with a lid
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp essential oil of your choice (optional)
Mix the coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch together, either in a mixing bowl or if possible the container you’ll store the deodorant in. You can always microwave the coconut oil if it’s too cold and hardened, or place the coconut oil in the sun or on a heater. I like mine to be a liquid, which makes it easy to pour and mix. You can just use a regular old spoon to mix the ingredients, after which you can add the essential oil if you choose to, and mix again.
That’s all! It’s really that simple. Now you have your own easy DIY vegan deodorant.
If you don’t want to make your own deodorant, there are a lot of great animal testing-free deodorant products out there, although many of them either contain beeswax or are packaged in a plastic tube.
I’ve never tried out this company I found on Etsy, but their packaging is biodegradable and the ingredients are all-natural. *contains beeswax*
My personal favorite deodorant, other than the one I now make at home, is hands-down Meow Meow Tweet‘s deodorant cream. I don’t remember what scent I had, but it was a great product from a even greater company! All of their products are:
- certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny
- 100% palm oil free
- 100% gluten-free