Leave the toxins out: 4 homemade deodorant recipes
Trying to save a buck or go more natural with your beauty routine? An often-overlooked product you can make at home is deodorant. Not exactly the most glamorous product, but it’s easy and cheap to make. Plus, you can customize the homemade deodorant scent to your liking. Below are several ways to make your own deodorant at home.
Easy 3-ingredient homemade deodorant
This homemade deodorant recipe shows just how simple making deodorant at home can be. Add one part coconut oil to one part baking soda. Add essential oil to scent preference. A common measurement is about 50 drops per one cup total of the other two ingredients. The goal, of course, is to get rid of odor, so go as generous as you can with the essential oils.
You’ll simply mix all the ingredients together. You can store your homemade deodorant in a glass jar and apply like a lotion, or you can store it in an empty deodorant container.
Homemade deodorant bar
This recipe yields a homemade deodorant with a thicker consistency. You’ll need three parts coconut oil and baking soda to two parts cocoa butter and arrowroot powder (you can also substitute arrowroot with cornstarch). You’ll then add essential oils to scent preference.
Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a container placed in boiling water on medium heat (called the double boiler method). After you remove it from the heat, add the baking soda and arrowroot powder, mixing them in slowly. Add the essential oil and stir.
(Note: Cocoa butter smells nice and is good for underarm razor burn, but if you’re prone to clogged pores under the arm, use shea butter instead.)
Beeswax homemade deodorant
This recipe is even thicker for use in a deodorant container. It’s also geared for sensitive skin. You’ll need two-thirds of a cup of coconut oil and arrowroot powder each, four tablespoons of cocoa butter, six tablespoons of beeswax, four tablespoons of baking soda and up to 30 drops of essential oil.
Melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax using the double boiler method. Remove from heat. Stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda. Then stir in the essential oils. Act fast, as the mixture will start to harden. Then you can pour the mixture into deodorant containers, and let it set until hardened.
Anti-melt homemade deodorant
Something you may notice with homemade deodorant is its tendency to melt when it gets hot in the summer. It’s more than a little inconvenient. This recipe ups the dry ingredients and uses plenty of beeswax to make sure your deodorant will stay firm in the summer months. You’ll need a half of a cup of arrowroot powder and baking soda each, six tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of beeswax (grated) and 20 or more drops of essential oil to preference.
Use the double boiler method to melt the coconut oil and beeswax, and remove from heat. Add your dry ingredients by stirring them in gradually. Then add the essential oil and stir. Quickly pour the mixture into a deodorant container, and let it harden.