I had a great making homemade deodorant with my oldest daughter. I wanted to make sure she has her own tube of homemade deodorant before she goes back to college this week. Let me tell you, making deodorant is sooo easy. It smells nice too- not feminine or masculine. It’s kind of a neutral, pleasant odor. The real test will be seeing if it works, but so far it seems to be a great recipe.
The recipe I used was from Lindsay over at Passionate Homemaking. She includes a video showing how to make the deodorant but it really wasn’t complicated. I did like being able to see how she made it though. Lindsay says in her video that she has been using this recipe for two years.
So why would I want to make homemade deodorant anyway? Well, it’s a not-so-little-thing called aluminum. Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum chlorohydrate along with other unhealthy ingredients. It’s really no surprise that suppressing your sweat glands is harmful to your body. Our bodies were designed to sweat to cool us when over-heated and to eliminate toxins. If we suppress these glands then what happens to the sweat and toxins? Not good things I am sure. But since we don’t want to offend people by having unpleasant, odorous perspiration, we still want to use deodorant.
We pretty much only have three options then. We either go stanky, buy a store bought natural deodorant, or make our own. The first option we have already decided is not a good choice. The second option is not really that great either because I have not found an aluminum free deodorant that works to my satisfaction. If you know of one please let me know. So, instead of stankin, or waisting my money on aluminum free deodorants that don’t work I have opted to make my own.
While searching for a homemade deodorant recipe, I made sure the user of the deodorant included some keywords. Keywords like, “this deodorant works”. I found a few recipes that didn’t include an enthusiastic “it’s works!” before I found Lindsay’s recipe. So, I am very hopeful that this recipe is the right one. I will of course keep you posted and let you know if my friends all of sudden stop coming around me and if fish die when I go swimming in the lake :).
Here is the 4 ingredient recipe for homemade deodorant.
- 6-8 tablespoons of Coconut Oil – Amazon carries several different varieties but I personally like Nutiva Organic Unrefined Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil. You can also use this coconut oil for cooking.
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda – I don’t think you need to be concerned about what brand of baking soda. Baking soda does not contain aluminum if the only ingredient is Sodium Bicarbonate
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder – You can also purchase this from Amazon.
- 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil – You don’t have to use Tea Tree Oil but it does contain antibacterial qualities.
Mix the the baking soda and arrowroot powder together in a bowl. Add the spoonfuls (we used 6 tablespoons) of coconut oil and rub the oil and powders together until you get a smooth consistency. Add 10- 20 drops of tea tree oil and mix well (we used 15 drops). The consistency might be a little more creamy than your usual deodorant/antiperspirant. If you want a dryer consistency then just add or more equal parts of arrowroot powder and baking soda.
You can put your new homemade deodorant in a container with a lid or use an old deodorant container. According to Lindsay you only need to apply a small amount.
Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees you may need to refrigerate your deodorant in warmer weather. Test the deodorant on a small area on your body in case you have an allergy to one or more of the ingredients. Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking offers a list of frequently asked questions that may also be helpful to you.
Oh, and my rough calculation of the cost of this recipe is around $1-$2 a batch ($2 is guessing very high). The batches are more than a stick of deodorant but I have yet to see how long it will last. I will keep you posted on that as well.
So that’s it! Make your own and let me know how it goes.