Technically speaking a deodorant works on killing or preventing bacteria growth on the skin, which causes the smell. An antiperspirant stops or limits the actual amount of swear you secrete.
Apparently the bacteria do not like a salty or acid environment, which is why crystal mineral deodorants and baking soda based ones work well. The alcohol in deodorant also makes the area disliked by bacteria. Antibacterial deodorants work by killing the bacteria. Adding a scent to a deodorant can help mask any odour that does form.
Adding to Existing Deodorants
You can buy spray on unscented deodorant from www.naturalinstinct.com.au, into which you can add essential oils or other ingredients to scent it.
I’ve found eucalyptus oil to be the most effective, but not the most pleasant scent. A mixture of lavender, ylang ylang and rose geranium is quite strong and smells nice.
You will need to shake the bottle before spraying, or you can buy water soluable lavender oil and mix the other essential oils into this, which will disperse the oils through the water based deodorant.
Making your own
(I haven’t tried any of these myself – but they looked interesting)
A teaspoon or so of zinc oxide powder
About half a cup of witchhazel
A few drops of lavender, tea tree and geranium essential oils
Mix together and either apply with a cotton ball, or pour into a spray bottle.
Oil Based Deodorant
3 tablespoons of almond oil
3 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of rosemary oil
3 drops of lemongrass oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
Heat the beeswax and the almond oil on a low heat until the beeswax is liquid. Take it off the heat and stir in the essential oils. Pour into a warm jar (sit the jar on on a wood board or several layers of newspaper to absorb the heat), and allow to cool. Tho use this, scoop out a small amount and rub it under the arms, where needed.
Dab plain alcohol on with a cotton ball (Youb could add essential oils to scent this)
15g cocoa butter
1 Tbsp glycerine
1 Tbsp rosewater
Gently melt the cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler (or metal bowl over a saucepan of water on low heat) until liquid. Remove from heat, and stir in the glycerine, rosewater and several drops of your choice of essential oils. (calendula, coriander, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, or thyme). Pour into a jar, and allow to cool. Rub a little on the under arms as needed.
60g baking soda
30mls liquid chorophyll
60mls distilled water
10-15 drops of honeysuckle, rose, coriander or essential oil of your choice.
Gently melt the beeswax in a double boiler (or metal bowl over a saucepan of water on low heat) until liquid. Remove from heat. Add all the other ingredients together (except chorophyll and essential oils) and add this to the wax, mixing well. As the mixture cools and thickens, add the clorophyll and essential oils. Pour into something to use as a mold*. Let harden. Remove from molds. Store in a tightly closed container away from heat to avoid shrinkage.
Herbal Deodorant Powder
2 parts powdered sandalwood
1 part powdered white oak bark
1 part powdered lovage root
grind herbs in a blender/food processor to form a very fine powder. Pour this into a clean pan and lightly toast (to set resins and scents). Make muslin draw-string bags, or use a square of fine fabric gathered into a pouch and tied at the top. Fill the bags/pouches with the powdered herbs –
Pat them under your arms or on feet to use.
Juice 2 dozen radishes, add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin to this juice and pour into a squirt bottle and keep refrigerated. Use as desired.
Herbal Stick Deodorant
1 1/2 tbspn beeswax
1/2 tbspn cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
15 drops white thyme essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops castor oil
Gently melt the beeswax in a double boiler (or metal bowl over a saucepan of water on a low heat), add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the oils. Pour into molds* and leave to cool and set.
Baking Soda Rub on Deodorant
Sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on your underarms. OR rub baking soda into armpit. Don’t rinse off.
Herbal tea Infusion Deodorant
make a very strong herbal tea of lovage, sage or other herb, bottle and use this with a cotton ball as a deodorant.
Basic Deodorant Powder
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn flour
a few drops essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon, (cedar and sage for men)
Add ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Sprinkle onto a damp washcloth and pat it under the arms. Do not rinse off.
Basic Liquid Deodorant
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup and mineral water
1 teaspoon glycerin
a few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender, or tea tree.
Mix together all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend, and spray on as needed.
30-60mls alcohol (vodka)
6 drops of rose essential oil
4 drops of sandalwood essential oil
Mix together and use a cotton ball to apply or pour into spray bottle.
60g white clay
30g baking soda
5 drops rose essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil.
Mix together and rub on armpits (can use after the above liquid has been applied)
Unscented Liquid Deodorant
4 teaspoons alum
2 teaspoons baking soda
225ml rubbing alcohol
Combine ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Use as needed.
225ml purified water
225ml rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons alum
3 tablespoons rose water
Mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle.
* Stick Deodorant Molds
Use an empty push up stick deodorant container (cleaned), old or new lip balm wind up containers etc. Such as: