For the last year or so, I have been on a huge kick of trying to switch my life over to a more natural, homemade and clean products. The first clean product I ever made was this deodorant recipe! A couple years ago, for some unknown reason, I randomly started being allergic to all deodorants. On top of that, when I moved to the south, the southern humidity made me sweat like nobody's business, so I need something a little stronger than the "natural deodorant" offered at health stores that really didn't do anything for me. So I started looking up homemade recipes, hoping to find one that would not only be natural, but also work in helping me from the sweat and smells that humidity often brings...
And I am delighted to say that I found it!
This recipe is my absolute FAVORITE recipe, and I've been using it for years. I've attached some photos walking you through the process, as well as step-by-step word instructions. Hope you enjoy and I'd love to know if you make some for yourself!
- 3 T Coconut Oil
- 3 T Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 2 T Unrefined Shea Butter
- 2 T Arrowroot Powder
- Essential Oils (optional; I recommend using Young Living)
- Glass container for storage (like this Glass Mason Jar)
INSTRUCTIONS / RECIPE:
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a pot over medium heat until melted.
* TIP: I like to put these ingredients in a small mason jar to help reduce clean up (and I just leave my deodorant in the jar). If you choose to do it with the mason jar, add some water to a pot and place the mason jar in the middle; let the water warm and the ingredients melt in the jar.
2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot powder. If you don’t have arrowroot, you can use more baking soda.
* Side note: Arrowroot is also great for making your own dry shampoo, along with a myriad of other things, so it's good to have on hand.
3. Mix all the ingredients together and make sure they are well blended.
4. Add essential oils and mix. My personal favorite essential oil for my deodorant is lavender, though I will add some frankincense and tea tree oil too to help with my sensitive skin.
5. Before it cools, you may switch the concoction into another glass container if you would like (or put some in a smaller glass for traveling or when you're on the go).
That's it! I usually have to wait a day or so for it to congeal, and then it's good to go! Note that it doesn't need to be stored in the fridge - but in the summertime it will melt down (if you live somewhere warm) so you can keep it in the fridge if you like to help keep it solid. Hope you enjoy :)
* Recipe modified from this recipe on Wellness Mama. She has TONS of great tips for turning just about everything in your life to a more natural, clean and healthy! :)