Learning how to make deodorant is a great first step on the way to making more of your own body products at home. It’s not complicated, much better for you and is also very effective. This simple recipe is a great one to start with!
How to Make Deodorant
A few years ago I was diagnosed with some autoimmune issues. Instead of opting for medications at that time, I took it upon myself to research my condition and see what I could do to improve some areas of my health and life that seemed to be problematic for me.
The first big area to conquer was nutrition. Of course, this is a big one when you’re having to learn and re-learn what you thought was healthy. But it’s especially trying when you’re responsible for feeding a family at the same time. Nevertheless, this was my big area of focus: healing foods and nutrition.
My focus on nutrition and healthy food will of course continue, but I knew I needed to move onto other areas that need cleaning up as well. So I started to look beyond what we put into our bodies (food) and look also at what we put on our bodies.
Our skin is our largest organ, after all, and it’s incredibly absorbent, sucking up whatever we put onto it through our pores and sending it directly to our bloodstream. So it makes sense that we should all be more mindful of what we’re putting on our skin and what we’re coming into contact with. That’s why I decided to start making my own homemade home and body products too.
First of all…..YES, they do take extra time and thought (and sometimes even extra money). But in the long run, the health benefits far outweigh any additional time spent making them, and overall you will save much more money making your own than buying them at the store.
Trying to Make Deodorant
One of the first areas that I wanted to address was my deodorant. This is something pretty much everyone needs and uses on a daily basis, and yet there are all sorts of questionable and even dangerous ingredients in most store-bought deodorants; Ingredients like aluminum, paragons, triclosan and other harmful chemicals that you probably don’t want touching your skin.
After trying several different recipes for homemade deodorants, this is the one that I came up with that I am most pleased with. Some were very greasy and didn’t have the right feel. This one is not greasy feeling at all. It goes on smooth and won’t break off at the end of the tube (like several others I’ve had….you know what I am talking about!!)
So if you’re ready to dive in and start making your own all-natural homemade body products, let’s get started with this homemade deodorant!
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 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay (Where to Buy)
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
- 8 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil (Where to Buy)
Step One: Place coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pastilles in a glass measuring cup. 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 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 deodorant containers, personally. But the tins or any other container can be used, applying it on with your fingertips.
Tips for Making Homemade Deodorant
I’ve been using this deodorant for several years now and I’m very happy with it. It seems “dry,” but as soon as you start rolling it under your arms, it’s 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 never left any marks on my clothes. I’ve been very happy with it and will continue to use it as a great alternative to store bought deodorants.
If you feel like the deodorant is irritating your skin, replace all of the baking soda with arrowroot powder for a more sensitive skin formula.
I hope that you’ll try it too and I’d love to know what you think!
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This blog post about How to Make Homemade Deodorant was originally published on Little House Living in March 2014. It has been updated as of March 2019.