I have been using all-natural deodorants for a couple of years now. The aluminum found in many conventional deodorants has been linked to breast cancer. SCARY! I like to know that only healthy ingredients go into the products that I use every day on my skin. So…guess what has found its way onto my To Do list? Yes, that’s right! I plan to try to make my own deodorant. There are tons of recipes out there – but I have collected a few that seem easy enough to make and have gotten plenty of good reviews.
The recipe for Homemade Deodorant found at The Passionate Housewife contains only 3 natural ingredients: Coconut Oil, Baking Soda and Cornstarch (or Arrowroot).
5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder. Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. You can either scoop this into your old dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use.
There’s an excellent tutorial over at Crunchy Betty with pictures to show exactly how to make Not a Secret Homemade Deodorant.
Not a Secret Homemade Deodorant
- 1-1/2 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax beads
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp shea butter
- 4 tsp clay (bentonite or other)
- 20-25 drops essential oil (tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, bergamot, or a mixture of any listed)
- Empty, clean, sterilized deodorant container
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil on very low heat, whisking often. Once melted, add in the shea butter and whisk a few times, then remove from the heat and continue melting. After that’s melted and you have a liquid, sprinkle in the clay and continue to whisk well until everything is combined. Drop in the essential oil, whisking still. Place the pan into a cool water bath, and leave for 5 minutes or until it just begins to set up. Spoon the mixture into your deodorant container and place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes (or until completely hard). If, for some reason, it starts to get too soft on a hot day, just put it back in the freezer for a while.
I think that Michele at Frugal Granola has a homerun recipe for Natural Homemade Deodorant. The ingredients are all easy to find and if you know me, I love lavender essential oil and if I’m making my own deodorant, I want it to smell good (and keep me smelling good too)!
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.
What do you think about homemade deodorant? Would you give it a try? Have you ever made your own deodorant? Let me know if you have any tips or suggestions to add in the comments section.