How to Make Deodorant
It has almost been one year since being diagnosed with some autoimmune issues. At that time I opted out of "trying" some different things to see "what helps". I took it upon myself to research and reach out to see what I could do to improve the problems that seemed to be problematic for me.
The first big area to conquer was nutrition. Of course, this is a big one when you are having to learn and re-learn what you thought to be healthy. It is especially trying when you are responsible for feeding a family at the same time. This was my big area of focus, the healing foods and nutrition.
My focus will continue with the food area, but I need to move onto other areas that need cleaning up, also. The one area that I am trying to focus on this year is the personal and environmental areas around us. Let's face it....it is so much easier to go to the store and pick up personal and cleaning supplies all in one shot and for relatively little expense. This is the area that I am going to be working on this year and trying to incorporate healthier options. First of all.....YES, they take extra time and thought and sometimes extra money, but in the long run, they are the healthier solutions and after the initial costs, will come out the winner in the long run.
One of the first areas that I wanted to address was personal deodorant. This is something everyone needs (usually), and uses. When
After trying several different recipes for homemade deodorants, this is the one that I came up with that I am pleased with. Some were very greasy and didn't have the right feel. This one is not greasy feeling. It is smooth feeling and won't break off at the end of the tube (like several others I have had....you know what I am talking about!!) you look at the ingredients in a commercial deodorant, it is a long list of substances that I cannot pronounce and do not want in my body. We have to remember that the skin is one of the largest organs of our bodies and it absorbs everything. I want what is going to be absorbed into my body something less processed and chemical-less.
How to Make Deodorant
What You Need:
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Where to Buy)
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter (Where to Buy)
- 1/4 cup Beeswax (Where to Buy)
- 2 T. Bentonite Clay (Where to Buy)
- 2 T. Baking Soda
- 2 T. Arrowroot Powder
- 8 drops Melaleuca oil
Step One: In glass measuring cup, place coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pastilles. You can melt these in the microwave or I use a toaster oven (since I don't have a microwave).
Step Two: Once melted, add in bentonite clay, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oil drops.
Step Three: Mix together until the mixture is smooth.
Step Four: Pour into containers of your choice. You can purchase empty deodorant containers here or tins at the Bulk Herb Store or just use any container that you already have. I like the deodorant containers, personally. But the tins or any other container can be used, applying it on with your fingertips.
I have been using the deodorant for several weeks now. I am very happy with it, so I hope that you will try it. After it sat in the container for about 24 hours, if firmed up very nicely. It seems "dry", but as soon as you start rolling it under your arms, it is perfect. It glides on very smooth and nice. The smell is nice, very neutral, with the essential oil mix that I used. I was afraid that it would make a spot on my clothes that appeared "greasy", since I had talked to a friend who had tried another recipe and was disappointed that it left a spot on her clothes. This formulation has not leave any marks on my clothes. I have been very happy with it and will continue to use it as a great alternative to store bought deodorants.
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe for how to make deodorant. I am looking forward to sharing more recipes soon on items that we can make for ourselves, slowly changing over items in our homes to less toxic substances. If there is something you would like to see, please let me know!
Until next time, Julie
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