Beauty hacks: does homemade deodorant actually work?

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We test the web’s biggest DIY treatments. This coconut oil version is quick to make – but can it survive a sweaty festival?
The hack
A homemade deodorant using ingredients you might have in the house – and which works.

The promise
Statistics say we’re wearing less deodorant – thanks partly to lockdown and partly to more pared-back beauty routines. Is a DIY deodorant the next logical step?

The test
On Monday, I made my base in a jam jar using melted coconut oil, plus half a teaspoon each of arrowroot, to soak up moisture, and bicarbonate of soda, which neutralises sweat, to create a paste that I rubbed into my armpits with a spatula. In hindsight, I decided it needed some kind of scent, so the next day I reheated it and added a few drops of Neal’s Yard Mandarin Essential Oil (10ml, £8). It wasn’t until midday that I became aware of, um, “myself”. On Wednesday I made it to 11am; it was no match for sweaty vintage polyester.
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