Homemade Natural Deodorant
I recently decided to start making my own homemade deodorant after reading the label of my commercial solid deodorant. The active ingredient in my commercial deodorant is "Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex" along with other ingredients such as cyclopentasiloxane, petrolatum, phenyl trimethicone, cyclodextrin, behenyl alcohol ....among many others. After researching these terms...what stands out to me are the following: "generally safe", "a derivative of a silicone based polymer", "produced by means of enzymatic conversion", "not natural".
....Think of it this way, we put this product on our underarms day in and day out year after year as not to be stinky, and as most of us shave our armpits, these chemicals can enter our bodies through small cuts and open pores. I knew there had to be a more natural and safe way to be smelling fresh as a flower so I did a lot of research on homemade deodorant recipes and came up with one that, so far, seems to be effective and user friendly.
From the photo above, the ingredients are baking soda, arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil and essential oil (if desired).
The recipe is 5 tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice (I had orange on hand so I used that)
Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl, force the baking soda and the arrowroot powder into the coconut oil (just as you would cream sugar into butter when baking) then add the essential oil.
I had enough for two small jars which should last a very long time as a little goes a long way. What you do is just swipe a bit with your finger and apply it to your underarms, it dries beautifully and is not cakey or oily. If you find that your environment is a bit warmer and the coconut oil melts a bit, pop the jar of deodorant in the fridge or freezer and it will set back up nicely and you can either keep it in the fridge or keep it out at room temperature. The consistency should be creamy but not runny. (see photo below)
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe or if you have any tips you'd like to share.
Blessings for a great week!