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How many of you have been experiencing the hottest summer that you can remember? I know here in Northern Indiana we have all ready set several record high days, with some days over 100 degrees, which is definitely not typical. Needless to say, it’s been HOT!
Around the time that we moved to our current home three years ago, and I was pregnant with Brenden, I decided to stop using regular deodorant/anti-antiperspirant. Believe it or not, I actually went without putting anything on my underarms for several months, just because I hadn’t tried to make my own deodorant yet, and I hadn’t researched enough to find a natural brand that I was willing to buy. We must have had a cool summer that year, but I really don’t remember having a problem with sweating or smelling.
But, as time went on, I knew I wanted to have an alternative to deodorant that I could use when I felt like I needed it. I finally got around to making my own, and it worked really well, and best of all, lasted for a really long time. When I finally ran out, I got lazy again, and went to just using baking soda to pat underneath my armpits, and found that it really helped with sweating and smelling.
When I got pregnant this time around though, I knew I needed something more than just baking soda. I tried a different recipe for homemade deodorant this time, and liked it even better than the first batch I had made. This is now my go to homemade deodorant recipe. It has worked wonderfully, even during these crazy hot summer days and when my postpartum hormones are on over-drive.
Read here for more on why you shouldn’t use conventional deodorant/antiperspirants.
Homemade Deodorant (that works!)
- 3 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- 3 Tbsp baking soda
- 3 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. beeswax flakes (I use a cheese grater to grate mine)
- 12 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10-12 drops of another essential oil or two for added scent (optional, but this is my favorite part because you can customize the scent of your deodorant. Only use up to another 10-12 drops total.)
- 3 drops castor oil (optional- this just helps it to “slide” a little better)
· Combine all ingredients in a pan on the stove over low heat. Stir occasionally until the beeswax melts, and to make sure everything is mixed evenly. Make sure to break up, and mix in, any clumps of arrowroot powder or baking soda.
· While the mixture is still warm and milky, pour it into a container. I have found this makes enough to fill up my conventional brand deodorant container, or you could also put it in a small glass container and just use your hand to scoop out a little bit and put it on.
· Wait for the mixture to cool and harden before using. You can place the container in the fridge to speed the cooling process, especially during the summer.
Adapted from this recipe at Keeper of the Home.
A few notes:
- Because of the coconut oil, this deodorant will be a lot softer in the summer than in the winter. Depending on how hot your house is, you may want to store this in the fridge in the summer time. Even with how hot it has been here, I have not found this necessary, it stays pretty solid inside the container.
- Be careful to only twist up a little bit of the deodorant before putting it on, especially in the summer when it’s soft. In the winter, the heat of your body will help it to slide on more easily.
- This deodorant will not necessarily keep you from sweating completely the way conventional antiperspirants might. That’s okay, because our bodies are supposed to sweat. But, it will help to keep you fresh and odor free!
- If you’re curious, I used a combination of three drops of bergamot essential oil, and four drops each of lemon and grapefruit essential oils for my scent. I love citrus scents!
And just in case you’re like me, and put off making homemade deodorant because you think it will be too hard, or take too much time, I just made up another batch this morning and it took me a total of less than 10 minutes, including taking pictures for this post! It’s really fast, and easy, and one batch lasts for a really long time, so I’d encourage you to try making your own homemade deodorant today!
Do you make your own homemade deodorant? Or do you have a natural brand that you swear by? Please share your experience with us in the comments, so we can encourage others to make the switch from conventional deodorant/antiperspirants!
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- My Green and Frugal Beauty Care Routine
- Homemade Natural Face Cleanser – The Oil Cleansing Method
- The Many Uses of Castile Soap
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