Beachy waves for your hair? Yes, your underarms will get fabulous just-out-of-the-ocean curls with this spray.
Make sure you detox before switching to a natural deodorant. You can learn how to do that with the related post above. It’s not as essential as with my cream deodorant but I didn’t take any chances.
Time: 10 minutes
- 2 oz filtered and/or previously boiled water
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
- 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
- 5-6 drops of essential oil
- Heat water to just boiling and then remove from heat. Let it cool for only a minute or two.
- Add baking soda and salt to the very warm water. Let dissolve.
- Make sure you have fine sea salt or Himalayan pink salt.
- Pour into a spray bottle.
- If there is extra precipitate in the bowl after you let it dissolve, leave it. Anything that is not dissolved will clog the spray bottle. Pour all the liquid into your bottle and let the extra powder remain in your mixing bowl. (It’s okay if some of the precipitate goes into the spray bottle. Agitation will usually dissolve it i.e., shaking the bottle before use.)
- Optional: Add 2-5 drops of essential oil. Add 1/2 tsp of melted coconut oil.
- If you are planning to use this as a hair texture spray, omit the coconut oil. Some hair types (thick/curly hair) can leave the coconut oil in the recipe to help add shine.
Shake the bottle and spritz a couple times on your arm pits.
Related: Zero Waste Cream Deodorant
This recipe is shelf stable without the coconut oil. If there is coconut oil, then the shelf life is a bit shorter. But I usually use it up before it goes bad. This being the case, I do not know how long it lasts. The spray lasts me 4 months.
The recipe only makes 2 oz but it can easily be doubled. It is good to use twice a day. You can spray before bed and in the morning.
Hair Texture Spray You Say?
While coming up with this recipe as a deodorant, I was also researching dry shampoo recipes. Most powdered dry shampoos have baking soda (to soak up the oil). So one day I had a particularly greasy hair day. I was spraying my pits when I looked at my hair and shrugged. I thought to myself, probably can’t get any worse, and I sprayed away. Here’s what I discovered then and what I have subsequently found to be true:
- It works as a mild dry shampoo spray. The baking soda helps to absorb some of the extra oil. But only some. The water and other ingredients did give my hair a nice reset similar to traditional aerosol spray dry shampoos. The water and salt gave it a mild wash. Plus the essential oil made it smell fresher.
- It works even better as a hair texture spray. What does that even mean? Well the salt and baking soda are perfect as a beachy waves spray. It gives your hair a new surface to work with. It coats it– with natural and easily washable ingredients of course. I noticed that is almost gave my hair a sticky feeling. And when I say sticky, I mean it has more malleability. Instead of being smooth, the surface of my hair resembled a post-ocean swim.
After shaking the bottle, I spray this all over my hair. To get full coverage I lift my hair and spray at the roots.
This spray is great to use before doing fancy up-dos or buns. The texture of your hair will help it to stay in place and not slip out. The spray won’t reduce frizziness necessarily, but it will help redefine natural curls and waves.
In my planning I have forgotten to take pictures but I’ll get to that soon!