Did you read what is in your deodorant, lately? Seriously, do it! Here is what was in mine and I have been fighting a rash for several years now:
|Active Ingredient/Active Moiety|
|Ingredient Name||Basis of Strength||Strength|
|Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly (Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly)||Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly||0.15 g in 1 g|
For a decade now I have wanted to get away from chemical deodorants, but I feel I stink and never had time to make my own deodorant. Well, if I can make my own this easily, trust me, you can too! And I’d pick this deodorant application over higher risk of cancer and clogged ducts any day. If you are planning to sweat a lot during the day, I recommend taking some of this in a small travel-size jar or container with you where you go – gym, work, etc., and you can re-apply. But, the statement that natural deodorants make you stink is simply not true.
I want to credit these two blogs because I used the recipes I found here & here as a base and then modified for what worked for me. I did several different iterations and am planning to do one without baking soda next (I will update when I do). As far as adding essential oils, if you want to, the sky is the limit on which ones you can add. Whatever you do, remember, add what you want to smell like all day because the scents will be with you all day. It is divine when you pick some scents you love and the ones that are known to fight odors. NOTE: When you apply it, apply small amounts, because both of these melt on contact with your skin. Be careful slipping clothes over your head, but these leave less marks than regular deo.
So, let’s get started. You will need the following:
- Virgin or Pure Coconut Oil (It is clumpy and hard) and you can get this at a health food store, online at amazon, or at a grocery store.
- Organic shea butter- get the pure, organic blend (for recipe #1),
- Organic Arrowroot Starch (you can get it at all health food stores)
- Baking Soda (run of the mill arm and hammer will do- if you want to eliminate it, stay tuned for a different recipe)
- Pure Essential oils of your choice from Young Living (get them discounted from me, here)
- I chose Lavender, Lemon and Tea Tree for my first one, and it smelled good and keeps the stink away. I hear Bergamot is an amazing oil for the skin and I am planning to order it. If you have a rash or something else you are combating, you can add in purification or Melrose too. I had a skin rash from deodorant and have a rash oil mix I use with Melrose, Purification, and Cypress, and that stuff is amazing too! Get your essential oils here at 24% off, and so many freebies through me!
- For the second one, I used the following essential oils: Melrose, Lavender, Cypress, Lemon, and Tea Tree.
- For the third recipe (soon to be posted), you may need raw natural honey as well in place of the baking soda, so stay tuned.
Recipe 1: Use a mason jar, put in 2 tbs of Coconut Oil, 3 tbs spoons of arrowroot, 2 or less tablespoons of baking soda, and my favorite- 2 tbs scented or unscented shea butter. Mix the coconut oil and shea butter together and melt in the mason jar. I didn’t have a mason jar at the time, so used a small Corning(c) bowl. I placed the bowl over light heat and it melted. Then I stirred in the baking soda and arrowroot, and stirred and kept over heat until the clumps disappeared. I added lemon essential oil (3 drops), tea tree (3 drops), and 5 drops of lavender while it was still melted and stirred it.kept this stored in a cool place overnight, and voila! In the morning, had homemade deodorant. I apply it with a stick and with small amounts only. Keep in mind that you can get empty deodorant cases at amazon.com, and can fill them, and let them cool too. For summer months, you can store in a cooler or fridge.
Recipe 2: This time I had a mason jar on hand, and tried a different recipe, without shea butter. I used 1/3 cups of coconut oil, 1/3 cups for arrowroot and only 1 Tbsp of baking soda. This time I inserted the entire mason jar with lid off into boiling water, and let it melt. I stirred it all together with the following essential oils: 5 drops lavender, 3 drops tea tree, 3 drops melrose, 2 drops lemon, and 3 drops of Cypress. It smelled so good. I let it set overnight, and used it the next morning. This mixture was amazing too! I used it twice already, and it works great. Again, bring a travel jar or two with you when you travel and keep it at work or in your gym bag if you think you will need it after a rigorous workout.
Recipe 3: Recipe testing complete. Check out my new post on it.
- Pure Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp
- Arrowroot (get it here) – 1 tsp
- Shea butter (scented is better, but I used unscented)- 1 tablespoon
- Beeswax pellets – 1 1/2 tbsp (buy your beeswax here)
- Almond Oil (optional) – 1 tsp
- Vitamin E- use the capsule if possible or 1 tsp
- Essential Oils from Young Living – Lavender (8 drops), Tea Tree (4 drops), Patchouli (very fragrant so only use 2-3 drops), and Purification (4 drops) You can do any variations of oils depending on ailments, dry skin, rash, fungus, etc. Get your oils here by using my links, and you get a 24% discount by becoming a member.
Melt the Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Beeswax on the stove. I just melt it into a measuring cup for easier pouring, over low heat, stirring often. Once melted, add in almond oil and vitamin E and arrowroot. Stir, and remove from heat. Add in the essential oils to your liking, and pour into a deodorant casing (be careful that it does not holes on the sides or it will fall through, OR into a jar, or container.
*Disclaimer: These statements are not FDA approved. The statements made here are my own and not attributed to young living. The experiences are real, and my own. I received no compensation for this or other posts on essential oils. I am a distributor of these products because I believe in them.