Saturday, August 23, 2014

Homemade Natural Deodorant

It works! It actually works! I was super excited about making my own Natural Deodorant but very skeptical that it would actually work. I think the first few days that I used it I asked W if I smelled at least twice a day. If I had he probably would have told me by now, he's not one to sugar coat things for my feelings.

I am super excited that I have found a recipe that has worked. I have always read the articles about aluminum in deodorant being harmful to you, but never thought that there was a natural product that would work and work to my liking.

Want to try it out for your self here, is a list of products that you will need:

Arrow Root
Baking Soda
Coconut Oil
Essential Oil (Lavendar or Tea Tree)
Empty Deodorant Container

I had read a few different articles that used variations on the above products with additions such as Shea butter and bees wax. I had two reasons for using the ingredients listed. Cost and I don't trust my bodies reaction to bees wax. I have used it as a lip balm in the past and have developed a rash. I didn't want to chance it on something like my armpit!

I have altered my natural deodorant recipe to include less baking soda. Baking soda can be drying to the skin if used in excess. Here are the exact quantities of what I used:

1/4 cup + 2 tbs of Arrow Root
2 tbs of Baking Soda
5 tbs Coconut Oil
5-10 drops of Lavender Oil

Place all of your dry ingredients in a bowl with a pour spout (I used my glass two cup Pyrex measuring cup). Melt your Coconut Oil and measure out 5 tbs into the bowl. Add your essential oils and mix well so the dry and wet ingredients are completely incorporated. Pour your mixture into your empty deodorant container. Make sure that you have the platform all the way at the bottom. Tap out the container a few times to get bubbles out and allow for as much as you can get into the container.

After you have poured your natural deodorant into your container place the container (with lid on) into the freezer. This will firm up the coconut oil so the product is not liquid anymore.

A few user notes:
-I currently store my deodorant in the fridge. My bathroom is too warm and I don't like the way it goes on when it is at a softer state. 
-This is not an antiperspirant so you are still going to sweat! The sweat though should not smell like BO. If you find that you are having an odor problem you may want to play around with the essential oils. I currently use Lavender but I am going to try a mixture of Lavender and Tea Tree the nest batch. You want to use essential oils that have antimicrobial properties. These will kill the microorganisms that cause your body to have BO. The mixture is forgiving enough that you can melt it back down to pour out and add more or another essential oil (remember too stay within the 5-10 drops).

I know I have said it a few times already but I am super excited that this Natural Deodorant works for me! I just feel better knowing that I have reduced one more harmful product coming into contact with my body. I hope you all have as much success with this as I do!

Happy Perspiring!

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