This is how I make homemade deodorant! Or, as I like to call it Stench Stopping Underarm Lotion.
Let’s start by asking WHY?
There are several reasons I make my own deodorant:
1. It’s healthier. There are hundreds, if not more, studies that have shown the dangers of ingredients in commercially sold antiperspirants and deodorants. Google it to fact check me 🙂 (This link talks about each ingredient in detail.)
2. It’s cost effective. In the store, I would pay about $3 for a stick of deodorant. Sometimes I could get it for $2 with sales & coupons. With this recipe, I get four times the deodorant for a under a dollar. Worth it? Definitely.
3. It’s easy. There are some things I don’t make homemade because it just takes too much of my time. Like tortillas. I’m not spending an hour rolling out those things to save $2. But I digress. This recipe is easy. Start to finish, it takes about 5 minutes to make.
4. It just plain works better. My hormones went a little nuts after I started popping out babies. No matter what deodorant I used, I still could smell my pits a few hours after application. My friend Christina gave me some of this homemade stuff and it is the BEST working and best smelling deodorant I’ve ever used. It smells natural, not flowery. It’s a good scent that works for both men and women.
Here’s how to make it:
Gather up the following ingredients (click the links to see where I bought mine)
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Melaleuca Essential Oil (for scent, optional – or you can substitute another scent)
In a saucepan over low heat, combine 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets. It will melt very quickly.
Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of cornstarch, and 20 drops of each essential oil. Stir together until it’s mixed well.
Pour it into a container. I love these little Rubbermaid containers. (That link is for a 12-pack, but you can probably find a two-pack in your local Walmart.) They are the perfect size for this recipe, and they seal up nice and tightly. Put it in the fridge for about an hour to help it set up, but then you can keep it on your dresser or in your bathroom or wherever.
Apply it kind of like a lotion. Scoop up a little bit with your fingertips, and rub it under your arms. It will be more solid than a lotion, but not quite as solid as regular deodorant. You can put it in smaller containers for travel, or any size or type that works for you. Once it is set, you could even scoop it into an old deodorant container if you wanted to do that. But I think it’s easier to apply like a lotion, so that’s what I do!
Let me know if you like this recipe! I’m in love with it, so I hope it works well for you all too!!