This is the second time I’ve made a batch of deodorant. Seems like whenever I mention that I make my own deodorant people are interested so I thought I’d share my process, as well as the recipe I used.
First and foremost, we are supposed to sweat. The human body is designed that way it is for a reason. Our underarm region is full of lymphatic tissue and sweating helps us release toxins from our bodies. It’s also a form of temperature regulation.
It’s widely known that commercial antiperspirants contain aluminum which is thought to contribute to cancer. Because our underarms are rich with lymphatic tissue, it makes it one of the worst places on your body to spread a cancer causing agent. For women, these ingredients are being absorbed directly adjacent to our breast tissue! A double hit for women is that most shave their underarms. While this is considered fashionable and aesthetically pleasing for the majority of women (and men), you are actually removing a natural defense mechanism your body has (the hair helps to sweep away toxins in our sweat). Now, I’m not suggesting that you stop shaving!! What I’m saying is that if you’re going to slather stuff on your pits consider using something natural.
As promised, here is the deodorant recipe I used. It’s very similar to most recipes you can find floating around the interwebs.
- 3 parts coconut oil (example – tbsp)
- 3 parts baking soda
- 2 parts Shea butter
- 2 parts cornstarch/arrowroot powder
- Essential oils (optional – I used patchouli and bergamot this time, last time I used lavender and rosemary)
- Put your coconut oil and Shea butter in a double boiler
- On medium heat stir until it’s melted
- Remove from heat and add in your cornstarch and baking soda
- Mix well
- Add essential oils and pour into a container of your preference
I’ve found that putting the container if the fridge seems to stop the ingredients from separating while it cools. This batch of deodorant came out a little soupy even though I followed the same recipe. I just added some more baking soda and mixed well. If I use a tbsp as my measurement I have enough deodorant to last months.
Just as a note, cornstarch can be an irritant for some folks. Try the arrowroot powder (you can get it at Bulk Barn) instead in these cases.