Why would you need a homemade deodorant recipe? Why not just go out and buy an antiperspirant or deodorant?
There are a plethora of armpit aids out there, far too many if you ask me! Have you read the ingredients in these deodorants and antiperspirants? I was horrified at the thought of how many years I have been using them and what potentially harmful chemicals I have put on my body.
Antiperspirants stop you sweating but why would you try to stop your body’s natural way of removing toxins and controlling body temperature?
Deodorants at least don’t stop the sweat so that your body is a bit happier and you are less overheated. They also help you smell fresher or floral, or musky, or manly, or over perfumed depending what you use and how much of it.
This homemade deodorant recipe is quick, easy, cheap to make and the ingredients can be bought in bulk and used for many other things such as beeswax candles, creams and moisturisers and more.
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp Almond oil
2 tbsp Shea butter
2 tbsp Beeswax (beads or grated from a block)
3 drops Vitamin E oil (optional)
1 1/2 tsp Arrowroot powder
5 drops Essential lavender oil
Put the coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter and beeswax into a jar and place the jar in a pan of cold water (approx 1inch deep) and gently heat on the stove until melted.
Remove from heat and add the vit E oil, lavender oil and arrowroot powder and stir gently.
Allow to cool for 15-20minutes before spooning into your deodorant stick. To remove air pockets tap the stick on the worktop after each spoonful is added.
Ideally allow to set in the fridge overnight with the lid off.
Depending on your climate this can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.
I use a really simple homemade deodorant recipe. I make enough for one stick of deodorant but you can pop it into a tub and apply with your fingers if you prefer. In fact, I purposefully went out and bought a stick deodorant (on sale, as I like a bargain) and emptied it into the bin so I could put my homemade deodorant into the container to have my own homemade deodorant stick.
If using this recipe for a stick deodorant please ensure you have a working container including a plastic base which sits inside the container at the base of the stick of deodorant as I nearly threw that bit away on mine.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe Tips & Further Information:
I suggest having a designated jar (mason jar or jam jar) so that it can be reused for making your homemade deodorant recipe time and again.
The oily consistency having applied it to your armpits is certainly different to any other antiperspirants and deodorants I have used in the past. Expect it to be an oily moisturiser feeling and I would suggest leaving it to dry for around 5 minutes before getting dressed.
You can buy empty deodorant sticks online.
Use foodgrade arrowroot powder. Arrowroot when digested has many benefits but, for the purpose of using it in this recipe it is a thickening agent, it is mild on the skin, allows moisture to pass, is a skin softener as well as a skin healer.
Lavender Essential Oil is well known for its relaxing properties. The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties as well as healing enhancers. Also it’s a great mosquito repellent.
If pregnant, breastfeeding or diabetic please avoid. If skin allergies or reactions in sensitive skin stop using.
Vitamin E oil acts as a moisturiser and can treat sunburn, stretch marks, soothes pains from cold sores but can also make you prone to spots if you have oily skin or suffer with acne. This is an optional ingredient.
Use organic pure beeswax. It helps soften skin and calms and soothes, great for sensitive skin. It allows skin to breathe and doesn’t clog pores. It has a natural honey scent.
Use organic unrefined shea butter. Moisturising, skin smoothing and inflammation reduction are but a few of its benefits. It’s incredibly nourishing for the skin with its concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids.
Almond oil is of course a moisturiser, it can also help to relieve eczema and treat skin rashes and is great for massage or as a lip balm too.
Use organic raw coconut oil which is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and is a great moisturiser.
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