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DIY: Natural Deodorant Bars
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 🙂
Essential Oils (optional)
What if I told you you can make your own deodorant at home with all natural and organic ingredients? Here is the skinny:
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
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.