This all came about 6 months ago when we began making soaps, scrubs, laundry soaps etc. My hubby started in on me about my antiperspirant/deodorant and the aluminum that it contained. I said that I was cool with going “crunchy” on quite a few things in my life but I was NOT going to give up deodorant and was NOT going to stink. 😉 I could tell he was concerned for my wellbeing so I said what all good wives say, if I do it, then YOU do it!
So my hunt for a homemade deodorant began. I wasn’t looking for anything complicated because honestly, I didn’t think we’d make it more than once. After all, there is a reason that there are so many commercial products on the market and the only experience that I had with a natural deodorant was with Tom’s of Maine and it felt like I slathered sticky honey under my arms when I used it. Ummm… no thanks!
So, I found a simple recipe and gave it a shot once my aluminum filled tube was empty. I have to admit that I panicked a bit because the very first time we used it was on an evening that the hubs and I had to work together, see in our other lives we are caterers which means fast paced, stressful, hot environments. This particular night, we were producing a menu that in all rights should have had back up help, but we are crazy like that, so it was just us. Any who, moral of the story is that the deodorant performed amazingly, so much so that the sniff test was in order…and passed! Nothing, notta, zip, zilch in the smell category!
Ever since I have been making our deodorant. It takes about 10 minutes and uses ingredients that I have lying around already.
This is a large batch because it is a recipe that I know works for us…you might want to start with a half batch to perfect your own recipe.
Makes 2+ small jars worth
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup Baking soda (get a trusted name like Bob’s Red Mill or Frontier)
Approximately 8-10 tablespoons of Coconut oil
Tea Tree oil (antibacterial properties)
Directions: Put Arrowroot and baking soda in a bowl. Add in the coconut oil and mix very well using a spatula to smoosh all of the ingredients together into a paste that will be similar to a loose cookie dough. Add 6-8 drops of tea tree and 6 drops of rosemary oil. If it is too loose, add more arrowroot. Too crumbly? Add more coconut oil.
** You can also do this in the food processor!! Way faster. Just don’t pulse it for too long, you’ll have coconut oil soup. 😉
That’s it! Put it into wide mouth jars and keep covered.
To apply, take out a dime sized (or smaller) amount. Let it sit in your palm for a few seconds and it will begin to melt as coconut oil melts at 75 degrees. Apply with your finger tips. We did try using deodorant sticks, but actually prefer the jar method. It’s less messy.
Tips: Sometimes it burns a bit right after you shave, so wait 10-15 minutes until you apply right after shaving.
Use whatever you’d like for an oil to fragrance.
You can use cornstarch instead of arrowroot.
If it irritates, you can use more arrowroot and less baking soda.