Natural deodorant…what a big topic. I think that a lot of us have come to expect disappointment when trying out new natural deodorant brands. I also think that’s slowly changing as the natural skincare market blossoms. The very sketchy ingredients in mainstream deodorant brands made us convert to the natural side of things years ago, and that’s right when our quest for the perfect natural deodorant began. Not going to lie, there were a lot of disappointments, but we’ve since found a few brands on the market that work, and work well. Our main realization, though, was that we can make an even more pure, more lush, and more effective deodorant at home, and for much less. Here’s that recipe.
All the ingredients in this deodorant are our trusted favorites. Shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil are luxurious, moisturizing, and anti-bacterial. There’s nothing worse than a deodorant that leaves delicate underarm skin irritated, and these three plant butters ensure that your skin stays supported and hydrated, while simultaneously neutralizing odor. Both baking soda and arrowroot powder are highly absorbent of both moisture and odor (think the box of baking soda that you keep in your fridge to make it smell fresher). Pure essential oils of choice add both their heavenly scent and even more antibacterial, bad-smell-banishing properties (see the recipe for our favorite essential oils to use here).
This particular formula works very well for us and at least five of our friends, but I also think it’s important to mention that there’s no one perfect recipe for everyone. Some people have sensitivities to specific essential oils or certain plant butters. I’ve discovered over the years that anything rose-scented absolutely does not work for me, which is a shame because I love rose. Numerous rose natural deodorants that I’ve tried have left me with a mild rash, and definitely did not work well with my skin in terms of odor. Another friend of ours gets occasional skin irritation from shea butter… The beauty of making your own products at home is that you can experiment, try on ingredients, and see if they work for you. If you have a natural deodorant brand that you like, but are interested in making your own deodorant, look into the ingredients. For example, if that deodorant has lavender essential oil in it, try adding some of that to your homemade formula, and you’ll probably strike gold.
For more natural skincare recipes, check out our Magic Moisturizer, and have a great Sunday :)
- 3 oz unrefined shea butter
- 3 oz raw cacao butter
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
- about 60-90 drops favorite essential oil or a mixture of a few (see suggestions below)
- 3 tablespoons pure baking soda
- 20 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- antibacterial essential oils to consider:
- tea tree
- Melt the shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a medium saucepan on a double boiler. Remove from the heat and add essential oils, mixing them in. Gradually add the baking soda and arrowroot powder, mixing to incorporate as you go.
- Spoon the mixture between prepared, clean jars with a lid. Let the deodorant sit for the arrowroot and baking soda to fully absorb all the oils, about 24 hours. During this time, the mixture will transform from thick and creamy to a more hardened paste. Keep the jars that are not in use refrigerated.
- To apply, use a small wooden stick or a tiny spoon to scoop out a small amount of the deodorant. Rub between your fingers to melt and gently apply to your armpits, making sure to fully cover the area.