I remember being in middle school and learning about the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirant, which freaked me out. So much so, that I actually took the initiative to start using only aluminum free deodorant…as a middle schooler!
Sometimes I would use one I found at my local health food store and other times it would be one of your regular commercial brands that you can find at any grocery store. But that was back when you could still buy deodorant that wasn’t also an antiperspirant. Have you tried looking for a non-antiperspirant deodorant in recent years? They don’t exist! (Or at least they are very rare.) When did we get this idea that humans aren’t supposed to sweat?? Don’t get me started on people that say they “HAVE to use antiperspirant or else they’ll sweat.” Not sweat! Oh the horror!
But if you’re reading this, I imagine that I don’t have to convince you of the toxins that can be found in both antiperspirants and deodorants. I used Tom’s of Maine for many, many years and that’s still a relatively good option compared to a lot of other companies out there. The Environmental Working Group rates their deodorants at anything from a 1 to a 4. But if you’re like me and want to know EXACTLY what’s going into your deodorant, then you want to make your own.
When I first attempted a DIY Deodorant, I went to my trusted, all natural recipe source, the Real Food RN. While her recipe worked great, it was a little too gritty due to a large amount of baking soda, and I also had to apply it with my fingers. It took some getting used to, but once we did, both my husband and I were pleased with the results. As my supply waned, I still really wanted a DIY deodorant that I could use in stick form. And guess what! I found it. My husband and I have been using this for the past several days and are loving it! It didn’t even melt when we went to an un-air conditioned beach cottage for a few days in 90 degree weather! And we didn’t stink either.
3 TB Coconut Oil
2 TB Beeswax (pellets or grated melt much faster)
1 TB Shea Butter
2 TB Baking Soda (I reduced the amount of baking soda from my last batch of deodorant to keep it from being so gritty. I have sensitive skin and I’ve been fine with this amount. For some people it can cause a minor rash though. If you’re concerned about that, try using just 1 TB or omit it. Although FYI, some of the odor reducing qualities come from the baking soda.)
2 TB Arrowroot Powder
1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
10-12 drops Essential Oils
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 drops Orange Essential Oil
Double Boiler OR Mason Jar and Stove Top Pot (If you use a double boiler, you may want to keep a separate double boiler just for your DIY projects. The beeswax doesn’t always want to come off so cleanly and often leaves a residue.)
Empty deodorant container(s) (I reused my old deodorant containers but you can also buy some on Amazon or my favorite place to buy DIY supplies, YourOilTools.com)
Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter over low heat, in your double boiler OR in your mason jar inside of a pot with a couple inches of water.
Whisk in (or stir with a fork) the baking soda and arrowroot powder.
Remove the whole pot from the heat and add in vitamin E oil and essential oils.
Use potholders to carefully pour the mixture into your deodorant container. (I had a little leftover, so I poured the extra into a small jelly jar.)
Allow to cool with the lid off for a couple of hours.
Apply like any store bought deodorant!
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