I ran out of deodorant this week. Eek. Can’t believe I admitted that on the World Wide Web. Truth is, I’ve been searching and searching for the perfect all-natural deodorant, but haven’t been able to find one, and in the mean time, I ran out of the one I had! I tried Toms of Maine, but then found out that it leaves icky stains on my T-shirts after they’re washed. Still trying to get those suckers out. 🙁 And I really don’t want to waste my money on another product that either doesn’t work, ruins my clothes, gives a weird rash, or has misleading so-called “natural” ingredients.
Why is it important for my deodorant to be of the “All-Natural” category?
Did you know that the number 1 ingredient in antiperspirant deodorants is aluminum? Yes, the stuff coke cans are made of. Did you know that aluminum is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing ingredient) to humans according to the American Cancer Society? Yes, you only use a tiny bit at a time, but if you’re like me, you use that tiny bit every day. Every. Single. Day. Often times, more than once per day! A little bit over a long period of time adds up fast! I’d rather not be causing myself to get breast cancer just because I want to smell nice.
However, I DO want to smell nice, and I’d rather not sweat like crazy either… I sweat an incredible amount for a girl. It’s annoying to say the least.
Now, back to my plight to find a good Deo that won’t cause cancer:
Finally, I came to the realization that I could just make my own! Why didn’t I think of this before?! I found this great homemade deodorant recipe (two recipes, actually) by Wellness Mama and decided to try it out!
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil– leaves those armpits soft & silky smooth (good for shaving, too!)
- 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda– To absorb sweat and help with the fresh-and-clean smell
- 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter– More silky smoothness
- 2 Tablespoons Guar Gum– To thicken the mixture. The original recipe calls for Arrowroot, but I didn’t have any on hand. You can also just use extra baking soda if you’d like.
- Essential Oils (optional)– for fragrance. I used 10 drops of lavender, but you could also consider lemon, orange, or lime for a citrus-ey scent or tea tree oil for a more subtle smell. I may experiment with some Sandalwood or Cedarwood for the hubs next time 🙂
A Note about Essential Oils: I used to be a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, but I no longer sell them. I believe there are several different excellent choices in Essential Oil companies out there to choose from, Young Living being one of them, but each person needs to research the companies on their own to determine which company will be the best fit for their family. Several of the oils mentioned on this blog are Young Living specific blends; however, a quick google search can help you create your own blends from other single essential oils. I still use Young Living oils on occasion, but I have found Plant Therapy to also have excellent quality oils at about half the price, so I have begun to purchase my oils there instead. You can Contact Me with any questions you may have.
- Heat some water to a full boil in a small saucepan. Place shea butter and coconut oil in a glass jar (I used an old bread yeast jar, but you could also use a mason jar or anything you have lying around), then place that jar in your boiling water UNCOVERED, until the coconut oil and shea butter melt.
- Carefully remove the jar, and place on a hot pad. Mix in your baking soda, guar gum, and essential oils then stir like crazy until it’s all dissolved. Then stir some more 🙂
You can leave the deodorant in this jar and scoop it out for use as is OR (my personal preference) you can let it cool a little bit and pour the mixture into an empty deodorant stick for easier use!
Voila! Homemade non-cancer-causing antiperspirant deodorant!
Notes Worth Mentioning:
- The coconut oil and shea butter tend to melt when it’s hot (like in a steamy bathroom) I know this sounds kind of strange, but I keep my deodorant in the fridge. It helps the mixture stay in a nice, stick-form deodorant shape, and it feels quite nice after a hot shower haha
- I have not tried this, but according to Wellness Mama, if you use the glass jar method, (and don’t keep it in the fridge) you may have to shake the mixture up before using it the first couple of days, otherwise the guar gum and baking soda will sink to the bottom.
- You may experience some irritation the first few days. This is normal while your body is “detoxing” from the chemicals in conventional deodorants. If the irritation continues after a week, or if you know beforehand that you have particularly sensitive armpits (sorry, there’s really not a better way to say that haha) you might try reducing the amount of baking soda in your mixture.
- This mixture makes approximately one tube of deodorant, which should last approximately 6 weeks, depending on how often you apply it. Double, triple, or more the amount to make a larger batch for your family, or just for storage to save time!
- Speaking of how often you apply, and referring back to the detox period, this deodorant works as a light antiperspirant, but if you’re used to Clinical Strength deos, you might be a tad disappointed at first. Use often (maybe 2-3 times per day instead of once), and give it a little bit of time for your body to adjust before you jump to the “It’s not working!” conclusion 🙂
What Do You Think?
Have you tried making your own deodorant? Or have you found a natural store-bought deodorant that works for you? I’d love to hear!