Effective, gentle, non-toxic- that’s the whole point of homemade products, right? To be healthier, to know what the ingredients are.
Diet is a huge factor for sweat, if you can’t find a deodorant that works, take a look at your food and do some changes there. Processed foods play a huge role in this and I would suggest switching to whole ingredients if possible. This may be a little TMI but ever since switching, I smell way better! Some days I even go without wearing deodorant. Shhhhh.
When I post Healthy Home recipes I like to explain why I chose each ingredient. I believe each ingredient should have a purpose – no fillers here!
Coconut Oil– We all know coconut oil is good for us, ingesting it or for topical use. It has antibacterial properties, smells wonderful, and the consistency keeps the deodorant spreadable.
Kokum Butter– If you’ve never heard of this, you are missing out! I like to use this instead of Cocoa butter or Shea butter. This amazing butter helps regenerate worn skin cells. With all the shaving that us girls do, I believe, this is a must. Plus, I don’t like the smell of shea butter, to be honest. Am I the only one?
Beeswax– Used to help with skin irritations and has antibacterial and antiviral properties to it. Another good one for us shaving girls.
Arrowroot Powder– Draws out toxins and thickens the deodorant. I would use this instead of cornstarch as suggested in other recipes. I think it works better and it is non-GMO. However, you can find non-gmo cornstarch.
Kaolin Clay– Purifies and detoxes the skin. Might as well add these benefits to destink those pits!
If you don’t have a scale I highly suggest this one. I use it through my other Healthy Home recipes and in my kitchen regularly.
Melt the first 3 ingredients in a double boiler. I just used a glass bowl in a bigger pot.
Add arrowroot, kaolin clay, and your essential oils.
Whisk all the ingredients together and pour into a deodorant container to set up.
Have you ever made your own deodorant? How did it go and what fragrance did you use?
- Beeswax 10 grams
- Kokum butter 20 grams
- Coconut oil 25 grams
- Arrowroot powder 15 grams
- Kaolin clay 15 grams
- essential oils*
- Add coconut oil, beeswax, and kokum butter into the top part of your double-boiler (I used a glass bowl)
- Melt on low heat in double-boiler until everything is melted.
- Add arrowroot, kaolin clay, and essential oils, use a whisk to completely combine.
- Pour into your deodorant container. It will start to set up pretty quickly.
* depending on what essential oils and fragrance you want, you may need less/more drops of EO.
I used 7 drops of lavender and 4 drops grapefruit essential oil.