Herbal Interests | DIY Natural Deodorant
I have another fun all natural DIY project for you today! I've been meaning to try my hand at making my own deodorant for some time now. To be quite honest, I don't really wear deodorant too often... I know. It's a little gross. I guess? Is it true that if you don't think you stink, you still might to other people? I suppose if I was stinking up the place then someone might have told me. Ha! Either way, I feel like all natural beauty treatments are becoming more and more acceptable. People are showering less, conserving more water and all that. That's good, right?! Earth Day is coming up quick, after all. I remember a few years ago, perusing my favorite blogs, secretly wishing I could write one myself - if you are reading this and wishing you could start blogging, just do it, friend!!! - and reading all about the miracle solution of dry shampoo and washing your hair only once every one or two weeks. It was a new concept to me, and that was probably the gateway drug to my love of testing out natural beauty products and just using less of them. Well, I kind of went back on my word with that since I started using the Korean 10 Step Beauty Routine. Ah, well, we can't all be purists!
Either way, I don't like buying deodorant. I don't use it a lot; I also just don't really take the time to sweat like crazy. Although I am a sweaty person, it's been a few years since I tried really hard to get the drops to fall while working out. I am hoping to change that by working in the garden this year! So while this DIY product is not an antiperspirant, it does make you smell rather nice for those slightly sweaty spring and summer days. It's a little sticky going on, and that's okay. It hasn't ruined any of my shirts. If is this is your first try at making an all natural beauty product, then I might suggest something a little more rewarding like this lip balm or dry shampoo. I find this product can be disappointing if you were hoping for something identical to commercially made deodorant. It's just not like that! It is a home remedy, and if you are familiar with the ingredients, then you'll be happy to know you probably already have all of them in your pantry.
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 3 tbsp beeswax
- 2 tbsp shea butter or cocoa butter or mango butter
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 20 drops essential oil
- 2 deodorant containers
- In a makeshift double boiler (I use a pot specifically for melting beeswax as the wax is difficult to remove), with a pan over water, melt the coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter together until well combined. I purchase my beeswax locally here, the filtered kind.
- Once melted, remove the pan from heat and stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda. Drop in your essential oil combination. I used lemon and tea tree. Smells so good! I think rose, lavender, hibiscus, and rosemary could smell really lovely as well. Stir quickly, as it will begin to harden and clump if you wait too long.
- Carefully pour into your empty deodorant containers. I bought these. You could also reuse an old commercial container. Let harden for a few hours. I think it was about 2 or 3 before I tested my deodorant out. It won't really begin to harden quickly like lip balm does!
- Use as normal (:
So what do you think? It's a little sticky, right? It's not exactly how you expect it to be, but I am starting to actually enjoy it. I might add a little more beeswax next time. I think this time around I did a little less than three tablespoons, and that might help with the stickiness factor. Be careful about adding too much beeswax, though, because that will not help with spreadability of the product. The beeswax also aids in preventing the deodorant from melting. I would definitely store this product somewhere that's not prone to direct sunlight, as it is filled with a lot of meltable oils. When it comes to the lasting of the product, it will be good until the soonest expiration date on one of the oils added.
Another something that might be good to know: I don't shave my armpits... often. I don't know if that would affect how the product reacts to someone's skin, but I haven't had any problems with the stink. Sticky, but not smelly! (;