Making homemade deodorant was one of the first steps we took into our new way of living. It doesn’t seem like much, but I remember being filled with excitement and wonder for what would be next.
Deodorant like so many other products is lurking with anything but what’s good for the body (I know, it’s like a broken record at this point). Cancer (particularly breast cancer), skin irritations, liver and kidney damage are just some of the things we are avoiding by making our own. I hate bringing up cancer, it feels like a bad word that packs a punch. Ryan and I have both lost loved ones to different forms of cancer. When Ryan was in high school, he himself had a lump removed from his breast. Though it was benign it is still something that lurks in the back of our minds.
We have always used the typical deodorants that fit our needs. Old Spice, Secret, Degree, they had all been a part of our lives at different times. Ever heard of Certain Dri? I started using it before the homemade switch and fell-in-love. While I used it, I never sweated, not the slightest bit. I could go weeks between applying. It was awesome, except for the fact my armpits became a little itchy, and my man become a little naggy (in the utmost loving way). I knew the deodorant I was using was too good to be true, I just didn’t want to know the ugly facts.
Truth is, I was playing in some dangerous waters. Certain Dri is chock-full of aluminum (more than other deodorants) that can cause breast cancer, harm my baby (if I were pregnant or trying), lead to Alzheimer’s, and this is just to name a few dangers. This has become a rather serious debate in our house. Though I have not used Certain Dri in the last 7 months, I held on to it. Until now. This is huge you all. After Ryan read to me all the terrible things I could be doing to myself by using
the best thing to ever be discovered this deodorant, I gave in and trashed it.
We have been making our own deodorant for over a year now, and the results just get better and better. We both went through a little detox period (yellow stains, a little more sweating, more stench). Eventually we (I) got to a point where deodorant wasn’t needed daily. Nowadays, we sweat significantly less, no stains, and the odor… what odor?
Our homemade deodorant stick lasts a long time too. We have only made three batches in the past year. Though, now that it doubles up as my relief for itchy bug bites, we may be making it a little more often. (Comfrey salve is my new go-to for bites.)
I am out of air, and there really is only so much pit talk one wants to hear. Without further ado, here is how to make your own homemade deodorant.
What you’ll need:
- 1 jar (we used Ball jar)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 2 tbsp cocoa butter
- 3 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp arrowroot
- about 5 drops of essential oil (our favorites are lavender and tee tree)
- empty deodorant container
After boiling water in a medium sauce pan, put coconut oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter in the jar. Place the jar in the hot/boiling water until the three ingredients have melted. (The hardest part here is cutting up the beeswax.)
Once melted, remove from heat, stir, and add the baking soda and arrowroot. Stir the ingredients until they are well blended.
Then, add the essential oils.
With the oils mixed in, pour the liquid deodorant into an empty (and cleaned out) deodorant container. That’s it! Store in a cool location and apply daily or as needed.
And tell me, how’s that for the pits?