This was SO ridiculously easy. It really does make me wonder why on earth I didn’t start making this stuff YEARS ago! Natural deodorant can be really pricey and quite frankly, I have yet to find one that I feel like works really well with my body chemistry. I’ve spent a lot of money purchasing different natural brands of deodorant over the years, but I finally decided to look up a recipe and make it myself. I’m so glad I did because this is the most effective natural deodorant I’ve ever tried (hehe, can you hear the pride in my voice? ; ))
By the way, if you’re like many of the folks out there who are slowly but surely switching from chemical to natural beauty products, definitely check out EWG Skin Deep’s Cosmetics Database. There you’ll be able to take a comprehensive look at the ingredients used in various cosmetic and beauty products. When I was initially switching over to more healthy options about 8 years ago, I was shocked to see that pretty much all of the products I was using on my body ranked SUPER high as carcinogens and completely toxic to the body. Most of the products I was using were by Revlon and I was dumbfounded to see just how many toxic ingredients I was putting on my body!
Anyway, back to the deodorant.
This deodorant has minimal ingredients … but is super effective.
Here’s what I used:
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil – antibacterial and moisturizing
- 2 TBS baking soda – helps with moisture and odor
- 1 TBS bentonite clay – helps with detoxing
- 1 TBS vitamin E oil – moisturizing
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder – helps with moisture and odor
- 15 drops lavender essential oil – um, it smells delightful!
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil – antibacterial … does WONDERS with odors
- 1 TBS bees wax pellets – helps keep everything firmed up (well, as firm as natural deodorant gets!)
It’s a simple process:
The above-listed ingredients will render a full tube of deodorant … possibly two. I made a full tube and two smaller containers perfect for travel.
- Bring a pan of water to a slight boil and then place a glass bowl in the water (or pull out and use your double boiler if you have one).
- Place the coconut oil in the bowl and allow it to melt completely.
- Stir in the bees wax pellets and continue to stir until blended.
- Add essential oils and Vitamin E.
- Turn off burner but leave the bowl in the hot water.
- Add in the dry ingredients a little at a time and continue to stir the mixture so it doesn’t harden. The bees wax will immediately harden as it cools … so work quickly!
- Once it’s all mixed, pour into an empty deodorant bottle (the one you see in the picture was a Tom’s of Maine deodorant that I finished off …even though it wasn’t really effective for my body chemistry). Or you could buy empty tubes here.
I’m not new to natural deodorant, so it didn’t surprise me that the consistency is a tad gritty. It also melts a bit as the temperature in my non-airconditioned apartment rises. When that happens, it goes on a little gloopy … which isn’t a problem as I just rub it in. I LOVE the lavender scent and I’m thrilled with this deodorant’s ability to keep me smelling great all day long.
What do you think? Would you try making your own deodorant? What scents would you choose?