If you've ever looked at the label on your deodorant, chances are you didn't know what the chemicals in it were. It's chockful of parabens and crazy, multisyllable chemicals such as cyclopentasiloxane. If that's not for you, you can buy something a bit more natural at the store. But sometimes plant-based deodorant just really stinks.
We've hit the hottest point of the summer and one thing's for certain: You want to be sure your deodorant works. If you've tried just about all of the natural products in stores and aren't happy, maybe it's time to give this homemade variety a shot.
I found this recipe online, courtesy of This Original Organic Life. I've modified it slightly to make a larger batch.
Arrowroot powder, though you can use corn starch instead
20 drops of an essential oil; I used tea tree oil and lemongrass
Heat-safe glass container, preferably something you don't mind getting a little messy; I used a small mason jar
Storage container, preferably about 1/2 pint size; I used a wide-mouth 1/2 pint mason jar.
These ingredients will make a little less than a 1/2 pint of deodorant, which will last forever.
1. Prepare a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of boiling water.
2. Drop 4 tablespoons of shea butter and 6 tablespoons of coconut oil into your mason jar. The coconut oil helps to control odor because it has antibacterial properties. The shea butter serves as a moisturizer.
3. Put the jar into the water and let the two ingredients melt. Be sure to mix them together. Once they're done, take the jar out of the water; be sure to wear an oven mitt so you don't burn yourself. Add 4 tablespoons of the arrowroot. This will absorb wetness.
4. Add 6 tablespoons of baking soda. The baking soda should help to absorb odors.
5. Mix these together. Then add your essential oils. I used 10 drops of lemongrass and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Both have antibacterial and antifungal properties and smell great.
6. Mix the deodorant one more time, then pour it into your storage container.
7. Let the deodorant rest in the fridge. If it's hot outside, you may want to keep it there all the time. My deodorant was soupy at room temperature.
8. When it comes time to use it, simply rub your fingers through it and put it in your armpits.
My partner and I road-tested the deodorant in yesterday's 80-degree heat and it held up. We were still sweating but smelled awesome by the end of the day. However, I would reapply this deodorant more often than your standard commercial varieties. It doesn't seem to have the same staying power. Another thing to note: Homemade deodorant does not have the same antiperspirant properties of Old Spice or Secret; if you sweat a lot, this won't help you. But this isn't the only recipe. If you aren't fond of one of the ingredients in this recipe, there are many other ways to make your own deodorant.
Sources: This Original Organic Life