DIY DEODORANT

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I switched over to Tom’s Deodorant at some point in an attempt to make a more eco-friendly choice. It did NOT work for me! I tried it on-and-off for about a year or two. It simply did not last. It would also give off this weird smell when it was in that in-between stage; The stage between fresh application and “I need to shower”.

Since it didn’t work for me, and I didn’t want to risk having my armpits kick someone in the face with funk, I decided to stick with Dove 48 hr protection. I have been using their aerosol deodorant for several years now. It’s the best deodorant I have tried… until THIS ONE!

Guys, I am blown away by how well this DIY deodorant works. I’ve been researching different types of natural and DIY deodorants and came across this one. I experimented a bit with this recipe and let me tell you, I don’t plan on switching back to my previous deodorant. I wanted to be sure it would really work though so I decided to do a week-long trial, just to be sure!

I was so excited to make it that I got right into it without first making sure that I had a proper container for it (whoops!). Turns out I didn’t so I put the liquid in an old Garlic glass jar to cool and harden. Although it’s the smallest jar I had, it was too deep so it wasn’t very convenient. I ordered a few reusable tin containers that were the perfect size for what this recipe renders. You can also use these mason jars.

Results of the week-long trial: 

  • No flaking, dried-out or white residue on your pits when wearing.
  • It’s long lasting! One day, I put it on around 6:00 am and checked throughout the day, all the way to 2:00 am and… still great! I went for a hike another day and still great!
  • It’s not irritating.
    • I say this because I’ve read that some people actually do react to the baking soda when first transitioning out to a Natural Deodorant but it gets better after a few days. If you see that this happens, and it doesn’t resolve, simply cut the baking soda in half.
  • It doesn’t make your armpits sticky.
    • I did notice some more sweat though. I normally don’t sweat but since transitioning out I’ve noticed a slight increase in moisture. I’ll be writing up an article on how to address this with an armpit mask 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
    • If you have sensitive skin, start with 1/4 tbsp and work your way up
  • 10 drops Lavender Oil
  • 8 drops of Lemon Oil

Materials

  • Small, oven-safe glass Bowl
  • Small Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Spoon

Process

  • Fill the saucepan with water, halfway
  • Place oven-safe glass bowl in the saucepan to make sure water doesn’t spill over, or into the bowl itself. Adjust accordingly and leave glass bowl in the saucepan (this serves as your double broiler).
  • Place the saucepan (with bowl in it) over low to medium heat. You don’t want the water bubbling over on you.
  • Place Shea Butter into oven-safe bowl and wait for it to melt.
  • Next, add Baking Soda and dissolve completely.
  • Add cornstarch until melted/blended well. This may take a little longer since this is a thicker powder. It may clump up, gently break it apart until completely melted/blended.
  • Once you have all other ingredients melted down, add your essential oils.
  • Mix and turn stove off.
  • Remove glass bowl from water. PLEASE be careful and use mittens or cloth.
  • Pour into your container and let cool for an hour and a half.

Alternatives: 

  • You can replace the Cornstarch with Arrowroot. Keep in mind that Arrowroot tends to be slightly thicker than Cornstarch so you may want to use a little less.
  • You can replace Lemon Oil with Tea Tree Oil. These two have antibacterial properties.
  • You can replace the Lavender Oil with whatever oil/scent makes your heart happy!

Something to keep in mind with this type of deodorant (cream) is that you have to apply it with your hands. I wasn’t a big fan of this but I managed and am now over it. It wasn’t bad at all! If you don’t like that, you can definitely use a face mask applicator. When applying with your finger, you only need to use about half a penny’s worth so this recipe will last you. You can also use a clean, emptied deodorant bottle and let it harden the same way. If you plan on doing so, I would add an additional half tablespoon of Shea Butter so it hardens more.

I love this recipe because I know exactly what’s in my product and it really works for me! We hear so much about Aluminum and Parabens being present in our deodorants. This here eliminates the guesswork!

If you’re new to Natural Deodorants, you may want to do this first!

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