How to Make Antiperspirant

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If you don’t want to spend the money buying antiperspirant, or you are caught in a bind and need some antiperspirant right away, you can make some using products you may already have in your home. It literally only takes minutes to make a batch, yet that batch will keep for several months. If you don’t have essential oil, you can pick it up at most any natural products store or shop that stocks home fragrances.

Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Eyedropper
  • Essential oil
  • Spoon
  • Two small bowls
  • Distilled water
  • Vodka
  • Witch hazel

Step 1

Create an antiperspirant powder. Put 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a small bowl, such as a cereal bowl. Stir with a spoon to mix.

Step 2

Use an eyedropper to add 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. You can use one scent or mix two or more together to create your own signature perfume.

Step 3

Make a spray-on antiperspirant. Pour a 1/4 cup of room-temperature distilled water and an 1/8 cup of vodka (80 proof or higher) into another bowl. Stir.

Step 4

Add five drops of an essential oil, or oils, of choice to the dish. Add 1 tbsp. of witch hazel. Stir. Add another 2 tbsp. of witch hazel, stirring constantly as you add each one. This helps the mixture become uniform faster.

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Tips & Warnings

  • To apply the antiperspirant powder, dip a cotton ball or makeup brush, such as a kabuki brush, into the mixture until you’ve got a layer of about 1/4 inch. Wipe the brush or ball across each armpit in a back and forth motion. The cornstarch should keep it in place.
  • To apply the liquid, pour it into a sprayer bottle. Spray each armpit three times, as needed. Don’t go overboard or your shirt will end up soaked.
  • You can store both antiperspirants in canning jars. Make sure to put the lids on tight and store them in a dark and cool area.
  • Rose water is a good substitute for essential oils, if needed.
  • Test each antiperspirant in a small area of skin, such as a fingertip, before using it on your armpits, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies. Wash it off immediately if you have any type of adverse reaction.
  • Antiperspirant is designed to curb sweating. It is not the same as deodorant. However, some essential oils, like mint and tea tree oil do have deodorizing properties.
  • The liquid antiperspirant is highly flammable because of its alcohol content.

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