Cheap, not in regards to the quality of ingredients used, but because a small jar can last you up to two years! Deodorants made at home can be a hit or miss; honestly, mostly misses. You must keep in mind there's a lot of chemistry going on.
Firstly, armpit perspiration varies from person to person such as the amount of sweat excreted and how potent the sweat is.
Secondly, the combination of homemade ingredients are important as they must be harmonious (not too corrosive or too subtle) and they must combine well with your natural chemistry.
Once those two points have been addressed, you're pretty much good to go!
Create the Perfect Deodorant for You!
So...how exactly do you make a deodorant?! Don't let the word chemistry baffle you. Let's break it down.
Deodorant does two things: 1) kill bacteria on the skin and 2) mask odor. Antiperspirants have an astringent property added, which expels any additional moisture on the skin and prevents sweat from coming out of the glands. You'd need to decide what final form the deodorant will take for application, i.e. solid, gel, spray, etc, as this would change the initial recipe.
Regardless of what deodorant form you choose, it'll contain these categories:
1) The base (antibacterial ingredient)
2) Hold (liquid agent)
3) Fragrance (natural, of course)
DIY Deodorant Recipe
You'll need a small glass jar, baking soda, bentonite clay, water, and an essential oil.
Baking soda (2 Tbsp)
Bentonite clay (2 Tbsp)
Essential Oil (optional)
How long this batch will last will depend on personal usage. As for freshness, this batch will last up to two years. Not including essential oils, this batch costs a whopping of $0.73.
Essential oils that contain anti-fungal or antibacterial properties (i.e. lavender, peppermint, tea tree, cedarwood, eucalyptus) are ideal of optimal cleansing.
My go-to's are lavender peppermint and lavender cedarwood. What's your favorite fragrance combination? Comment below!