We were wonderfully created, and we have sweat glands for a reason. Our bodies get rid of toxins through our sweat as well as regulate core temperature. So, why do we add products that block this from happening? Add to this the fact that we absorb whatever is put on our skin, and the idea of putting these commonly found ingredients on our bodies is sickening.
Buying natural deodorants can vary in price and effectiveness. I have had some not work. Not at all. Plus, some that seemed to wear off after about 10 minutes. Then there was some deorodants that worked just fine, but were very pricey for my budget. So, what’s a girl to do in order to “not offend” anyone?
Yep, you guessed it. DIY. Here’s my simple recipe for DIY Natural Deodorant
This deodorant will NOT stop you from sweating, as that is an anti-perspirant. This WILL keep you from smelling funky, even on hot or steamy days. It works well for my teenage boys and we all KNOW how funky they can smell, right? 😉
6 T. virgin coconut oil (this has anti bacterial properties, so you don’t want the more highly processed stuff)
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or you can also use cornstarch)
1/2 cup redmond clay
4 T. beeswax
2 T. Shea Butter
15 drops Tea Tree Oil
15 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Slightly melt the coconut oil with the beeswax. I use a glass measuring jar in a pot of boiling water. Add the clay and mix. Add the arrowroot powder and mix well. Add the essential oils, and mix in. Viola! You have deodorant! Pour into 2 ounce containers and allow to harden.
To use, simply apply about a quarter sized amount under your arms with your fingers. You can also use an old deodorant container and refill it. The shea butter will keep it nice and hard, even in the summer time.
This recipe lasts our family about 4 weeks, and that is for two adults, and two teenagers. We have never had an issue with body odor using this, and I have not experienced a rash like some have.
Do you make your own deodorant? What is your favorite scent of essential oils to add?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.