Finally, I’ve come up with a recipe for deodorant that actually keeps me odor free all day even after a super sweaty workout! I’ve been searching for years for something that actually keeps B.O. at bay and by George, I think I’ve got it!
If you’re wondering why on earth anyone would make their own deodorant, just do a quick search for “why you should make your own deodorant” and you’ll get plenty of answers. In short, if I don’t want something in my body, I try not to put it on my body. Your skin is the largest organ you have and absorbs just about anything you put on it. When it comes to antiperspirants, the main ingredient is aluminum, which is a heavy metal linked to diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. If that’s not enough, there are a slew of other ingredients that you probably won’t recognize. When it comes to personal care products, I use the rule I use for my food, if I don’t know what it is, I’m not putting it on or in my body.
There are plenty of deodorants on the market that do not have any of these harmful ingredients, but I’ve tried dozens and maybe they don’t contain the nasty stuff, but they’re expensive and they don’t keep me from smelling like a pirate either! So I decided to try making my own deodorant. I tried recipe after recipe, but by midday my pits were screaming for a reapplication. I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to keep applying deodorant all day and always wondering if the people around me can smell my B.O.
So, what’s the secret? I took the deodorant recipe that I liked the best and tweaked it. I added more arrowroot starch and a carefully concocted mix of essential oils. Personally, I think it’s the patchouli that knocks out the odor. I mean, a million hippies can’t be wrong, right? But, I wasn’t crazy about the patchouli smell, so I added some other meaningful EOs, some for their antibacterial properties and others just because I like how they smell. A lot of recipes I’ve read add the essential oils and tell you to simple pick the scent that you prefer, but I think there’s more to it than that. You can play around with them, experiment and see what works for you, but I’m just sharing what finally worked for me.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe! The ingredients may seem pricy, but remember that they will last a long, long time. For example, I’ve been making my own deodorant for years and I’ve only purchased beeswax once. I sincerely hope that this recipe works for you and you too can have No Mo’ B.O.!
Keepin’ It Crazy!
- 2 empty deodorant containers (like these)
- 5 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. Shea butter (I use this)
- 3 tbsp. Beeswax (I use this)
- 2 tbsp. Baking Soda (I use this)
- ½ c arrowroot starch flour (I use this)
- 25 drops patchouli essential oil (I use this brand of EOs)
- 15 drops tea tree essential oil
- 15 drops neroli (mine was only 7%)
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 10 drops bergamot essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops cedar wood essential oil
- 5 drops sage essential oil
- Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted.
- Once the mixture is clear, (no more beads floating around) remove from heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Add essential oils. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour into two empty deodorant containers. I like to put mine in the refrigerator to harden and it makes me feel like it's less likely to separate.
- Once it's solid, put on the lid and smooth on your pits after showering. I like to rub mine in after I apply it to try to insure that I don't get any extra residue on my clothing. Then just wipe it on your body somewhere, it's not gong to hurt!