I have been using homemade deodorant ever since my girlfriend turned me on to it last summer. Previously I had been using this brand which is all natural, and it's great, but that was before I realized just how easy it is to make your own. And inexpensive. $14 per deodorant was kind of extravagant if you ask me, but it is worth the expense if you don't want to make your own but want to eliminate the aluminum from your deodorant. I gathered supplies and started to make my own, and slowly everyone was stealing my deodorant, so one afternoon last week I made a few batches. There are a lot of recipes out there and I'm still experimenting, but for now, this is what you'll need.
- 2 Tablespoons raw organic shea butter
- 3 Tablespoons organic coconut oil- I pick up mine at Trader Joe's, but you can buy it anywhere
- 4 Tablespoons baking soda
- glass lid jar- 4 ounces is the perfect size for one deodorant
- essential oils- I used different oils for each person depending on their preference, my husband's blend is cypress, myrrh and rosemary (5 drops each). I love a balancing blend and grapefruit (6-7 drops each), and my son loves wild orange (12-15 drops).
In a large mason jar combine the coconut oil and shea butter.
Place jar in a large saucepan of water and turn heat on low to melt the ingredients.
Remove from heat when fully melted, and then add your baking soda. Mix very well. Add essential oils.
Pour into small mason jar. I came back and mixed it anytime I saw any separation happening. Also, this is a good time if you want a stronger scent, you can mix in additional essential oils. Once it was room temperature I gave it one last good stir and popped it in the fridge to harden. Once it hardens you can remove it from the fridge and it will remain solid, but it will return to room temperature. It'll be soft enough to take a small amount with your finger but you won't have any separation. The color will be determined on the ingredients you use, some essential oils are darker than others, some shea butters or coconut oils may have different shades as well, don't let color variation alarm you.
I find that on my fingertips it feels a bit oily but as soon as I apply it under my arms it's absorbed very quickly. I have never had an oil stain, mark, nothing left over on any of my clothes. And everyone in this household is a huge fan, which is saying a lot!
I'd love to hear what you add to your deodorant if you make your own. I'm thinking of adding a little arrowroot powder next batch to see how that changes the consistency. If you try the recipe I'd love to know what you think!