Mar. 27. 2014
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is about what I do for my beauty routine (I’m incredibly flattered!) so today I’m launching a new series here on Nutrition Stripped where I share my personal tips, tricks, DIY natural beauty products, and natural skincare lines that I love! Natural Beauty Series is all about embracing your beautiful self with simple, nourishing, and all natural ingredients to put on your skin, hair, and nails. You’ll also notice a new page tab at the top called BEAUTY, this is where you’ll find an index of everything related to beauty from here on out.

I’ve said this so many times before and I’ll say it again and again, what we put on our skin is almost as important as we’re putting in our bodies. The skin is one of our largest detoxification organs and if we’re constantly bombarding our skin and bloodstream with questionable ingredients like parabens, chemicals like BHA and formaldehyde amongst a long list of others, we’re not allowing it to regenerate healthfully and radiantly. I’m beyond excited to start this series with you all and share the importance of ongoing health, wellness, and supporting our bodies from the inside out with practicing mindfulness in the products we put on our beautiful skin.

What to expect | In my Natural Beauty Series I’ll be sharing:

  • Really fun “recipes” for DIY (do it yourself) makeup,
  • Beauty treatments for your skin, hair, and nails
  • Nutrition relating to certain skin issues, etc.
  • Natural skincare brands or products that I personally enjoy using, and
  • Giveaways every now and again!
  • much more to come…

To kick-off the Natural Beauty Series, I’m sharing with you all one of my favorites I use all the time! DIY Lavender Deodorant. This DIY Lavender Deodorant contains only 4 simple ingredients and is loaded with natural odor killing properties, antimicrobial properties, as well as a lovely delicate scent and leaves your underarms feeling moisturized!

What’s wrong with store bought deodorants? Typical deodorants and antiperspirants contain a list of chemical laden ingredients such as aluminum, parabens, triclosan, TEA & DEA, talc, propylene glycol, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances to top it all off. All of these are chemicals that have either been shown to disrupt our hormones, aid in developing bacterial resistance, and many sadly are tested on animals.

If you’re reading that list of typical ingredients and having a hard time pronouncing them, I promise you’re not going to smell like you’ve been at Bonnaroo for 4 days without showering just because you’re switching to a natural deodorant. It smells heavenly and you can also switch out the essential oils used for a scent you most enjoy. The baking soda used in this deodorant is an all natural way to deodorize odors, the arrowroot powder is purely used to thicken, and the coconut oil is not only a way to moisturize the skin, but it also is a natural anti-microbial and antifungal! What’s also amazing about making your own deodorant, it’s affordable, lasts a really long time, and is so simple to switch up in terms of the scent.

Other essential oils I enjoy for DIY Deodorant | 

  • Grapefruit
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Rose

DIY Lavender Deodorant
Recipe Type: natural beauty series
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Homemade natural deodorant using only 100% natural ingredients with a scent of lavender.
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (can add more for a thicker deodorant)
  • 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil
  1. Simply mix to combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. I like storing mine in a small glass jar with a lid.
  3. If you enjoy a creamier deodorant similar to a moisturizer, use more coconut oil.
  4. If you enjoy a harder deodorant similar to a stick, use more arrowroot powder.
  5. Apply to underarms as needed, rubbing in.
  6. Fresh and clean!
If you don’t have arrowroot on hand, use corn starch.

TIPS // Coconut oil melts at warmer temperatures, therefore I find it best to store this in a cool place to make sure it stays a solid! If you’re in warm/hot climates you can simply keep this in the fridge and when you apply it on the skin, it’ll melt beautifully!

How to use // Simply take about a teaspoon sized amount on your fingertips and gently rub it into the skin on your underarms just like you would lotion! The coconut oil, even if solid, will start to melt with your body heat and will glide on smoothly.

I hope you all love this as much as I do and be sure to share this with all your loved ones to make the switch to healthy living from the outside in! Also, are you excited about the Natural Beauty Series? Share below what you’d love to see featured.

p.s. I’m also running a GIVEAWAY ON INSTAGRAM to win amazing natural beauty skincare products I love from Tata Harper! Check out Nutrition Stripped @nutritionstripped on instagram for the giveaway and click here for the terms/conditions:Nutrition Stripped #Skinfood Giveaway Rules

xx McKel