Imagine saying no to store-bought deodorants with questionable ingredients and plastic packaging. Today we’re excited to share one of our community’s favourite recipes from our Low Waste Living workshops. An affordable, effective and toxin-free recipe that you can whip up in just a few minutes, using zero-waste ingredients easily accessible without the plastic packaging.

In our low-waste living journey, this homemade deodorant has become a consistent shining star – simple, affordable and easy to change up depending on your preferences. The recipe is a testament to just how simple and easy low-waste recipes can be – it’s kind on your skin, your wallet and the planet. We are sure you will be a convert after you try it too!

Natural Low Waste DIY Deodorant

1/4 cup baking soda (available from bulk food stores)
1/4 cup tapioca flour, cornstarch or arrowroot powder (available from bulk food stores)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of organic virgin coconut oil or RBD coconut oil
10 or less drops of any essential oils you like (we like to use tea-tree for its antibacterial benefits or grapefruit/orange)

1. Soften your coconut oil so that you can easily mix it.
2. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly
3. Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container with a lid and it will solidify once it sets

Each time you use it just scoop out a little tablet-sized bit to use with the tip of your finger and rub it into your armpit as you would a moisturiser. The mixture will soften in summer so keep it out of direct sunlight and it will get harder in winter so you might light to use a small spoon to scoop it out.

Enjoy your new low-waste deodorant and remember to share it with your friends and family.

You can learn more about our Low Waste Living workshops here.