Many of my girlfriends refuse to use commercial deodorants because they fear the risk of cancer. Personally, I am a commercial deodorant user. I sweat quite a bit and have tried many “all-natural” brands that have not succeeded in neutralising my smelly pits – and rather than be called a little stinker, I use my trusty deo-stick daily.

However, for those of you who have sworn off commercial chemical-laden deodorants but don’t want to be a little stinker, here is a super simple DIY deodorant recipe that is not only good for your skin, it’s also good for the planet.

What You Will Need:

  1. 2 oz of Water
  2. A teaspoon of Baking Soda (to absorb excess moisture, works as a natural deodoriser, is alkaline and helps prevent excessive sweating and also lowers your pH level to counteract the acid in sweat).
  3. A teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt (you can find this at any major supermarket. I get mine from Cold Storage, Mustafa or Redmart). The salt provides essential minerals and trace elements and helps to eliminate toxins.
  4. A few drops of essential oil for scent (this is optional).

The Steps:

Heat 2 oz of water and bring it to a boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. While it’s still warm add the baking soda and salt and stir. There will be some particles left over so you will have to shake the solution before using. Pour into an old (clean) deo roll-on or spray bottle.

If you would like to add some scent you can use 2-3 drops of essential oil. Tea Tree and Lavender Oil are good options because of their anti-bacterial properties. I usually get my essential oils from iherb.