You may have tried some store-bought organic or non GMO deodorant and stopped using it because it doesn’t work. I know I did, which is why I started making my own.
While changing from traditional brands to a homemade version is difficult, I guarantee that you will come to adore the differences. Most deodorants have a strong and familiar smell, which is probably why you buy it. The absence of smell in the homemade version is different, but in no time you will come to appreciate that the smell of your armpits doesn’t clash with the smell of the rest of you. If you wear perfume or cologne, fragrant hair products or any other body products with distinct smells you may have noticed that they all clash.
The act of washing your clothes with store bought products that are heavily scented add to the fragrance cocktail, and none of it is washed away when you do laundry. By migrating to no-odor products I guarantee you will come to enjoy the smell of nothing. The smell of clean and odor free is far more intoxicating than the lab-made, harmful, chemical-ridden products you’re used to.
I’m not saying the change is easy, but this recipe works to control odor and moisture, which is all you need to feel clean and fresh all day. I’m a runner, and this recipe works extremely well, even for that.
Here is what you will need:
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Butter or raw Mango Butter (I prefer the raw Mango Butter)
- 1 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp Raw Shea Butter ( I buy it here)
- 1 TbspBees Wax I buy it here
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Tsp vitamin E oil
- 15 dropsCertified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils of your choice (buy only food grade organic if you can).
- -2Capsules of powdered Probiotics (I use this one), or 1/4 Tsp of a powdered Probiotic of your choice.
TO MAKE PROBIOTIC DEODORANT
Melt Cocoa or Mango Butter, Coconut oil, raw Shea Butter and Beeswax over low heat in a stainless steel sauce pan. I use a dedicated pan for this because it is impossible to clean due to all the butters and oil. When I’m done, I let the pan cool and put it away and I re-heat it for the next batch and let what’s left on the bottom and sides work as a new base.
Remove pot from heat and then add arrowroot powder and baking soda. Mix with a small whisk until all powders are dissolved and combined well. Add the Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oils at this time and mix well.
Allow the mixture to cool in the pan until it is the consistency of pudding, and then open the Probiotic Capsules and add the powder to mixture. Stir with spatula quickly to combine, and then pour in to clean, used or new deodorant containers.
Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find a non-plastic deodorant container, so until someone starts making on, I buy mine here.
Place in refrigerator to cool and harden, about 1/2 hour to one hour. After this, the deodorant may be stored on counter (Note: Using a shelf stable Probiotic such as Bio-Kult will prevent the need for refrigeration). This recipe will fill approximately two of the deodorant containers, and will last for 3-4 months. With this product, a little goes a long way!
Be sure to use good smelling, antibacterial essential oils, and any scent or combination of scents that you like will do. So pick your favorite and have fun with it! My favorite combos are:
- Frankincense & Myrrh
- Lemongrass, Wild Orange, & Bergamot
- Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang
Note: If you get a rash or have any underarm itching after applying this deodorant omit the essential oils from this receipt and that should take care of it. In my case, I developed rashes after over a year of using essential oils in mine, and only through trial-and-error was I able to figure out that it was the essential oils. Most people don’t have a problem, but you might want to try out any essential oils that you buy on your skin before you put them in beauty products.