Well, since we’ve made our own toothpaste, might as well make our own deodorant, right?
I’ve often cringed a bit at the aluminum in conventional deodorants, and then balked at the price of most natural deodorants. (I’ve been fairly pleased with the lavender-scented Naturally Fresh Crystal Spray deodorant, when I’ve found it on clearance sales occasionally.) But with the ingredients to make my own sitting in the cupboards, I thought I’d give it a try.
Guess what? I think this homemade stuff is my favorite!
It’s a soothing balm after an underarm shave, and when you use plenty of essential oils in it, there’s a pleasant light scent all day. (No need for additional perfume/scents, either!)
Oh, yeah- and it works. Really!
I adapted the years-old recipe from Amy at Angry Chicken. I used lots of lavender essential oil (my favorite); she recommends ylang-ylang and orange, which also sounds amazing. I softened it up with some coconut oil, since it’s still cold here (and it has good antimicrobial properties anyway).
Natural Homemade Deodorant
3 Tbl. Shea Butter
3 Tbl. Baking Soda
2 Tbl. Arrowroot Powder
2 Tbl. Cocoa Butter
1 Tbl. Coconut Oil
2 Vitamin E Oil Capsules (poke with a pin & squeeze out the oil)
Essential Oil (I used lavender; 30+ drops, I think. Use plenty! The smell will fade as the mixture cools.)
In the top of a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. Stir in the baking soda and arrowroot powder until well-combined. Remove from heat. Add the Vitamin E oil and essential oils, and stir well. Pour into a small container and let cool.
I poured mine into a small ceramic bowl, and let cool in the fridge. I think some people have scooped the mixture into repurposed empty deodorant tubes, while it is still slightly warm, but no longer liquid. (Shape the top with a spoon, for the rounded top.)
If the final product is too hard, remelt and add more coconut oil. If it is too liquid, add more cocoa butter and let cool.
I just store this on top of my dresser, and apply a small amount with my fingertips before wandering around in my bathrobe getting dressed. I’ve found it’s best to let it “dry” a bit first if I’m wearing a shirt of synthetic material, so the oil doesn’t transfer to the shirt. (It’s only happened to me once, and it washed out fine, though.)
Do you make your own?