Homemade deodorant…yes you heard me right. But before you walk away from your computer and contemplate how hard it would be to keep from breathing in through your nose during a conversation next time you run into me, or before you give me this look…
…hear me out. I have tried lots of natural deodorants that you can buy at Whole Foods, PCC, Trader Joe’s, etc. They just don’t do the trick. I feel gross…I smell bad…and I just say forget it I will take my chances with my health so I don’t send people running and screaming when I walk into a room. Well now I was pretty much home bound since I had just had my new little one and running around with an infant is hard enough but when you add a 4 and a 2 year old to the equation you just give up on having a life outside of your home for a few months. So I decided to experiment with things I would be too scared to try when I have to be seen (and smelled) in public. One of these things was deodorant and I was very pleasantly surprised! Being that my mom and my sister were the only two people I was seeing I texted them both (because let’s face it, this is the modern world, we text, we don’t call) and asked if I smell. My mom, being un-phased and used to these types of texts from me, said she never smelled anything. My sister, after some giggles, said she wasn’t trying to smell me but that when we ran the next day she would take a sniff and see. Well yes on a busy road before we parted ways to our separate homes she took a sniff…and then went in for another, exclaiming “you smell like flowers”! So yes even after a good sweaty workout you will still smell like flowers lol! Be warned that when you first transition to natural deodorant you may sweat a bit more the first week or so. I did not experience this but my husband did. However he now says he stays much dryer than with the store brand.
As for storing the deodorant; you can use old deodorant sticks (or buy empty ones on amazon for pretty cheap) or you can stick it in a bowl. If you place it in a bowl you will need to use your fingers or a towel to rub on the deodorant. I like to feel like I am still using regular deodorant so I use sticks. The tricky thing about the sticks is that they will melt. I didn’t believe it when I read this and told myself mine would be different and better, but I do not possess the magic I like to pretend I do, so when I went to put in on way too much came on. So I put it in the fridge. Once you get past how odd it is to go into your fridge for you deodorant it is not bad at all. The consistency is perfect when kept in the fridge, like Secret deodorant. Oh and no deodorant streaks on your clothes with this stuff!
My measurements are a bit odd because I wanted it to make two full sticks. My first round made about 1.5 sticks which was an awkward amount. A stick should last you about 4 months based off how my stick seems to be progressing after a month of use.
Makes 2 sticks of deodorant
4 Tbsp + 1 ½ tsp Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Shea Butter
4 1/2 tsp Beeswax
4 Tbsp + 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
5-10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil**
1) Place first three ingredients in a glass bowl above a pot of water (make shift double boiler) and let the ingredients melt as you stir them together.
2) Once it has all melted together remove from heat and add the baking soda and arrowroot powder. Stir together.
3) Let cool, but not harden and add essential oils until you reach a scent you like. I added about 20 drops lemon essential oil and 15 drops geranium essential oil. The smell is a bit strong; I will probably do 10 and 5 next time. (Let us know if you find a ration that you like!)
4) Place it in a jar and let cool and harden before using.
5) If you want to place in a deodorant stick let cool until it is a pudding consistency, stirring occasionally, then place into the stick.
6) Put the stick into the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process. It does not need to stay in the refrigerator after it is hardened. (You can let it harden on its own, it will just take longer)
*Why do I say to use Lemon and Geranium Essential Oils? Must you use those and not others? Must you use essential oils at all?
You do not need to use essential oils. Your deodorant can still work without them; they will mainly just provide a pleasant smell. However, both Lemon and Geranium Essential Oils are known for their ability to dissipate odor. They also smell very nice. You do not need to use both together to eliminate odor. However I am a very paranoid person and do not want any chance of smelling…which means…double the power, I will use both odor eliminating essential oils! The Geranium is much stronger smelling than the Lemon, so despite my efforts I really only smell the Geranium. And even at the end of a long day chasing kids wearing this deodorant I can still smell the geranium so if you ever have problems with odor or have very active days I do strongly suggest using at least the geranium. But again you do not need to use these essential oils. You could use peppermint for a nice refreshing smell, or sweet orange and feel like you are in paradise all day, and you can even combo up essential oils to make your deodorant unique!
**You also want me to use Tea Tree Essential Oil? Now that beautiful smelling deodorant I made smells a bit funky!
You do not need to use Tea Tree Essential Oil. Why do I? It is a natural antibacterial and will help kill off bacteria that may be hiding in your armpits, causing extra odor! Again I am paranoid and will do what I can to make sure my family doesn’t smell when using our natural deodorantsJ! Also the smell for me went back to just smelling like Geranium Essential Oil and the Tea Tree Essential Oil was undetectable.