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Homemade deodorant with only 3 ingredients

Aerosol, roll-on, gel, cream, antiperspirants… There are as many kinds of deodorants as there are of skins. I decided to share with you my homemade deodorant recipe because it can be tough to find the one for you in the market. It is the first cosmetic I’ve ever done! I find it fascinating to watch how products react with each other. Of course, I will give you the base and you can completely personalize it and find what really suits you. 

The recipe

There is nothing easier than this homemade deodorant recipe: you only need 3 ingredients for the base.  And you can always find them in your kitchen! So no more race to the store at 8 am when you realize you ran out of deodorant just before a long day out or at work. You need:

  • Virgin coconut oil
  • Alimentary bicarbonate of soda (thinner than all-purpose one)
  • Cornstarch

You can easily find these ingredients in specialized organic food shops or in supermarkets. You need to melt the coconut oil (in the microwave for example) and then mix all the ingredients together in an equal amount in a small jar. So 1/3 of each. I use a tablespoon to measure the good quantity.

Let it cool down for two hours in the fridge. It is now ready for use! No need to keep it longer in the cold once it gets a good texture. On your bathroom shelf, it is perfect.

You will be surprised how efficient this deodorant is.  Indeed, one application in the morning is enough. I guaranty that your armpits won’t smell at all, all along the day. It does not stain your clothes and you can dance until the end of the night!

How to use your homemade deodorant

The texture of this deodorant is very similar to a gel or a cream. You just need to grab a pea-sized scoop with your finger (always wash your hands beforehand) and spread it out under your armpit. If you prefer not to touch it with your finger, you can use a small stick. It could be a good idea to prevent the spread of germs to the whole product.

Personalize it

homemade deodorant recipe

It is easy to do your homemade deodorant depending on your “nez”. You can add essential oil. I like the smell of lemon and lavender, but you can use rosemary or ravensara. Essential oils also have antibacterial or medicinal properties.

I emphasized the fact that they are not cosmetics but medication and need to be used with extreme precaution (and never for kids, pregnant women, or animals). They also are a big source of allergic reactions and pollution. For this reason, I’d rather use fragrances.

 

I’m very proud to say that it is eco-friendly and economic: a small jar can last up to 3 months. Easy to transport and to travel with, it is an all-time item on my list of cosmetics and beauty products to pack. Your skin will be forever grateful and it also is a good gift idea with a cute little jar. All my family has already adopted it!

What about you? Are you going to try this recipe? Do you make your own cosmetics?

Cosmetics and beauty products: what to pack for travel

As a big fan of cosmetics and beauty products, I know the trouble when it comes to packing. At home, my bathroom used to be full. Between the makeup, the skincare, haircare, and much more. I had to make a very tough choice when I left. But reducing the number of products does not mean giving up your beauty routine. You just need to adapt and take only what you need! Here is my list of items that never leave my side.

First, I always suggest writing a checklist to be sure you are not forgetting anything. This is not only the case for cosmetics and beauty products but for packing in general. You can find lists on the web to give you an idea.

I remind you as well that in the case you’re travelling by plane, you can not have liquids over 100ml in your carry on luggage. You can buy empty 100ml and fill them up with your liquid. If you check your suitcase or if you buy something at the airport, then this restriction does not apply. It is easy to find travel-sized toiletries.

Cosmetics and Beauty products

In a matter of makeup, I used to have ten different colours of every kind. On a daily basis, I know only keep my favourite. Of course, I do not go anywhere with mascara on. This is my item number one! I also always have my favourite lipstick with me (a deep matte red).

It matches with every outfit and pretty much every colour, as well as a black eye-liner. I wear blush every day, and I prefer powder than cream. In my opinion, it is easier to travel with.

You can make your own solid deodorant (check out my recipe!) or buy one. The small jar lasts months, it’s natural and eco-friendly! In the same idea, I always travel with dry shampoo. it can be hard to wash your hair, the water is not always hot in hostels, nor the showers always clean… No problem: spray your hair with the dry shampoo and you’ll look like getting out of the shower! On a purely ecological point of view, this is also huge save of water.

Accessories

Cosmetics and beauty products travel pack

A folding hairbrush is essential. I’ve got one that fits in my handbag, so I always have it with me. You can also find microfibre small towel for your hair; I use it every time I wash it! They dry so quickly, and they come in every colour. Do not forget a razor. It is easy to use it under the shower,

It can be hard to pack only the essential but with a bit of practice, you will become an expert like me! If you forget something, remember you can always buy it in the airport or a supermarket. A lot of places produce artisanal cosmetics and beauty products made with local resources. As an example, there is the Savon de Marseille in France, which I love. It is so soft for your skin!

What about you? What are your essentials items while travelling? Is it hard to pack?

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