Eco-friendly, homemade, four-ingredient deodorant

One of the things I have been trying to do to live a more sustainable life is by cutting back on products with plastic packaging. Plastic is everywhere these days and has created a problem worldwide. We as consumers have more impact than we realise, so by buying less plastic and driving the demand down, we will send the message that either the production must decrease or changes need to be made. For example, more biodegradable plastic packaging.

For me, sending a message like this and inspiring others to do so as well, is very important. It gives me hope for a better future, hope for a clean planet for the next generation, and the positive response I get gives me tons of energy.

One of the many ways to cut back my plastic use has been by making a couple of my own cosmetics. Not only do they help me to cut back my plastic use, but they are also healthier and eco-friendly.

My favourite one, which I learned how to make at the ACT. Festival by the ASN Bank, is this eco-friendly deodorant. It is super easy, consists of only four ingredients and you can buy everything you need at your local supermarket.


  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Baking Soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Scented oils (optional)


  1. Melt two parts coconut oil and two parts shea butter in a bowl over a pot of hot water.
  2. Take the bowl off the heat source.
  3. Add one-part baking soda and one-part cornstarch to the melted coconut oil and shea butter and stir until it is a smooth mixture.
  4. The mixture should have a syrup-like texture.
    –  If it is a bit too thick, add more coconut oil when you have dry skin or shea butter in case of a normal to oily skin.–  If the mixture is too thin, add more cornstarch and stir well.
  5. Add a few drops of scented oils to change the scent of the deodorant. I myself like to add lime- or lemon-scented oil.

This deodorant is not an antiperspirant kind of deodorant. Antiperspirant deodorants clog your pores and keep toxins inside your body instead of naturally letting them out. Instead, this deodorant naturalises unpleasant smells because of the baking soda, while at the same time hydrating the skin and giving it the opportunity to let toxins leave the body, making this deodorant better for you and your skin.

I have been using this deodorant for about a month now and am already starting to see an improvement regarding the skin underneath my arms. It smells great and keeps me refreshed all day long, which is exactly why I love this deodorant.

Hope you will love it as well. Let me know what you think!

I’ll be here in this strange little town. Lots of love,


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