Sooooo, I recently finished my stick of deodorant, and I have been waiting for this day, because now I can make my own deodorant! (Just didn’t have it in me to throw away the deodorant I already had, although looking back, probably should have done it sooner!)
For those of you who are all about smelling like roses, and not sweating, and just basically taking on inhuman characteristics where your armpits are involved, it’s time for an awakening 🙂
The main issue with deodorant these days is that a majority of them have aluminum-based compounds as their main ingredient. Aluminum. Gasp! Main Ingredient. Even bigger gasp! Lets all remember that your skin is your biggest organ, so what you put on your skin is going to get into your body. Especially if it is something you apply multiple times a day. I don’t know about you, but aluminum based compounds don’t sound too alluring when you put it that way. These chemicals have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, and breast cancer in studies. Not only that, but antiperspirants will stop you from sweating. Yes, I understand you might be embarrassed by sweat marks on your t-shirts, but it just doesn’t make sense to completely stop your body from naturally doing what it needs to do to keep you healthy! Sweat is good people, embrace it 🙂
Ok, so I suppose that is enough of the lecturing side of things… Let’s get to the fun part! What if I told you you can make your own deodorant at home with all natural and organic ingredients? Pure ingredients that you can pronounce, with simple names like shea butter, and jojoba oil and arrowroot powder, with moisturizing and cleansing qualities intrinsic to their nature! Here is the skinny:
I got the original recipe from Wellness Mama, but of course I had to add some jojoba oil to make it extra creamy and moisturizing, and I am glad I did. It was the missing ingredient, that has now been found!
First, you want to heat up the shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax in a double boiler, or just a mason jar in a pan of water (saves you from having to clean the double boiler at the end).
Once everything is melted and mixed together, lower the heat and add the rest of the ingredients, stirring along the way until everything is evenly mixed. This is when you can add essential oils to get any scent you’d like. I am particularly fond of tea tree oil as it smells fresh and also works as an antibacterial agent. Two for one! Have fun with this part and make your signature scent!
Now the fun part! Time to make the bars 🙂 Now, you can definitely put it into a container or old deodorant stick, just make sure to clean everything really well before hand. A container would be great for warmer climates or camping trips where you don’t want your deodorant bar melting over everything. I made bars as I had no extra containers, I know they will stay in a cool spot, and they are also the perfect size to give to friends and family. (Although, I am not too sure how well they will be received haha)
To make the bars it is quite simple. Line your pyrex or cake pan with wax paper, making sure to fold edges to fit the pan snuggly. Pour melted mixture into the wax paper until it is your desired bar thickness. Let it cool for about an hour. Once you have let it cool, pull the wax paper out of the pan and lay it flat. You can now cut your bars whatever size you want, you could even use a cookie cutter if you’d like. I made a simple rectangle and wrapped them with kraft paper to give people something to hold onto as they apply.
You are good to go! Test out your new deodorant and get in the groove with nature 🙂 Of course, you could always go sans deodorant, but baby steps 😉
-The Farmer’s Daughter
P.S. Feel free to use as a lotion bar if you’d like. These bars are double duty 🙂