D.I.Y. Deodorant

Making your own deodorant may seem a little hippie-ish or a little strange. You may be asking yourself right now, why do I need to do this or why am I even reading about making deodorant? You may be just bored or just have stumbled upon this article but nevertheless you are here and it’s good that you are!

Deodorant makes us feel clean and gets rid of bad odor. It’s a must-have if you live here in the USA; and don’t think you can walk around without it on a hot sunny day and no one be able to smell what you got cooking under those pits! However much we need those miracle sticks, we don’t need those nasty chemicals, right? RIGHT! You can read this article in Natural News or just continue reading here for some highlights about what’s lurking in your DEO:

Aluminum: Yes that’s right. Aluminum is linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, Alzheimer’s disease for everyone. Used to block sweat glands so you don’t sweat as much. Nasty stuff but wait, there’s more!

Parabens: used in many commercial body products, it is a synthetic preservative someone made in a lab to preserve and extend the shelf-life of things. These are bad because the body actually absorbs them! Parabens are linked to birth defects, hormonal imbalances, hormonal cancers, organ toxicity, and is probably sitting in one of those containers in your bathroom right now waiting to be used on your head as shampoo or your body as lotion.

Propylene Glycol: a cheap way to make your cosmetics and other body products glide better on your skin. Did I mention it is made out of petroleum? Found not only all over your body products and make-up but is even in the processed foods you eat – yum! In small doses it is supposed to be safe but I think If you add up all the products you put on your body that has this ingredient in it and the process foods you eat like that fast food chicken nugget or that kraft cheese slice on your sandwhich, you might as well say you are using an excess amount of the petroleum product which can affect your heart and central nervous system, and result in kidney damage and liver damage.

Phthalates: Another great product that is linked to birth defects! This chemical helps to dissolve other chemicals and make your beauty products and perfume better…I mean it makes the consistency more desirable.

Triclosan: Surely this can’t be as bad as the other 4?! Oh but it is because technically this is a pesticide! Classified as a carcinogen by the FDA, it has been removed from some products but it still lurks around in other products so beware!  Can disrupt thyroid functions. This stuff is used to kill bacteria and keep pits BO proof!

Now that you are grossly alarmed and afraid of your medicine cabinet at home and are ready to clear your bathroom of all things containing these ingredients, lets start replacing what you have with some natural alternatives. You could go out and spend $5-$10 on an all-natural stick of deodorant or you can make your own for pennies.

Note: home made deodorant is very different from the commercial brands you are used to and on hot days it may make sense to carry a small stick to replenish your pits as needed. It won’t fully mask odor, especially if you’ve just worked out and it won’t keep you from sweating so keep that in mind.

I like to keep things simple when it comes to products I make to use on my skin because there really is no reason to get fancy and add all kinds of extra ingredients that just complicate things. So here’s what you’ll need to get started with a pretty basic deodorant (Please note I did not incorporate the argon oil into the recipe even though it is pictured. I ended up omitting it as I was making my batch):

Deodorant ingredients
ingredients for deodorant

Approx cook and prep time: 35 minutes

Let stand time: 2-4 hours depending on temperature in home

(click links below to go straight to the ingredients we bought for this recipe)

Ingredients

6 tablespoons Coconut Oil

2 tablespoons Mango Butter
(Can also use Shea butter)

2-4 tablespoons of Beeswax Pellets
(keeps the mixture a solid once cooled)

2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
(for thickening and blending of ingredients)

10 -20 drops Thieves Germ Fighter (for some reason isn’t available on Amazon right now but never fear, there’s other oils you can use!)

5-10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
(Fresh smelling)

Options: In addition you can add 2 tablespoons Baking Soda, you can substitute Cornstarch instead of Arrowroot, Shea Butter
instead of Mango butter, and use other essential oils such as Lavender
and Tea Tree
in place of what we used here for this recipe.

Instructions to make:

You’ll need to melt several of these ingredients to their liquid form first so use the double boiler method with a pot filled a few inches with water and a glass measuring bowl. I like to mix one ingredient at a time and I like to start with the beeswax pellets because they’re small and tend to take longer if mixed later on. Mix occasionally with a metal knife.

beeswax pellets
beeswax pellets getting ready to melt

Once the beeswax is fully melted, add the mango butter and mix occasionally until fully melted. You may need to bring the water down to a simmer if it is boiling out the pot or trying to. Add the coconut oil and stir occasionally until melted. Remove the glass measuring bowl using an oven mitt or something that will protect your hands from the heat because it will be hot! Use a wire whisk to incorporate the arrowroot powder. Stir for 2 minute at least. Now you’ll add your desired amount of Germ Fighter and/or Lemon Essential oil. I use 10 Germ Fighter and 15  Lemon Essential Oil because I don’t care too much for the smell of cloves that is in the Germ Fighter. Anyway, mix, mix, mix for another minute or two and then pour into your desired mold. Let sit at room temperature to harden.

deodorant molds can be old containers, brownie tins, muffin tins, you name it!
deodorant molds can be old containers, brownie tins, muffin tins, you name it!

Another note: You can increase or decrease the amount of beeswax in the recipe based on the seasons. In the summer I like to use more than in the winter and I also store the extra bars of deodorant in the fridge. If you are having an issue with the deodorant keeping shape due to the heat, just keep it in a plastic bag inside the fridge like I do. It will still work just fine when you go to use it. Go lightly when applying for the first few weeks as your pits need a little adjusting to the new, natural ingredients you are using there.

So what are you going to do with the rest of that container of coconut oil and the other ingredients you have on hand that didn’t go into your deodorant? No worries, we got you covered with other recipes you can use for body and hair.

Share your thoughts, recipe ideas, and questions with us. We’d love the feedback and love to hear back about your own Deodorant recipes.

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