If you’re anything like me, you’ve been thinking about making your own deodorant for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Well now that I finally have, I want to share with you how simple, effective and lovely it is.
Seriously I feel like my underarms are on holidays. The deodorant bar is so smooth and silky, you could easily use it as a moisturiser, hair pomade or beard balm. And it’s all natural, which is lucky since I found my wo year old son eating an entire bar of it the other day. Ugh! I know mama of the year! But I guess it just smlled really good!?
So here’s what you’ll need
- 3 parts coconut oil (I infused mine with rosemary – see here for instructions)
- 2 parts baking soda
- 1 part shea butter
- 1 part beeswax (broken up, grated or in pellets)
- Essential oils: teatree, lavender, sweet orange
- Glass jar
- Silicon muffin tray
- Fill a glass jar with your coconut oil (infused or otherwise) and place it in pot of boiling water to create a bain-marie
- Add your raw beeswax and shea butter and simmer until melted
- Add baking soda and shake/stir until mixed in
- Pour the combined mixture into muffin trays and allow to set
Voila! You have your all-natural, homemade deodorant bars.
Choosing your fragance
Of course, you can infuse your coconut oil with whatever herb you choose, or just leave it natural if you prefer the scent of the raw coconut. However, I chose rosemary because of its amazing antibacterial properties and the fact we have several large plants in the backyard that needed harvesting.
Similarly, with the essential oils you can mix and match them as you please as long as you stick to relatively mild oils and ensure you are diluting appropriately. I chose lavendar and tea tree oil because they are both antibacterial and mild on the skin, and sweet orange because it adds a fresh citrusy note that I like. Seba and I both loved how it turned out. We think (hope!) we smell great and now one has told us otherwise to date.
But it’s good to note that orange essential oil can cause photosensitivity so be aware of this combination if you’re planning to lounge around in the sun.
A note on sensitivity
While this deodorant suits both Seba and I perfectly, all skin types are different. And I have read reports of some people having a reaction to too much baking soda.
That’s why I have limited the amount to a minimal in this recipe. However you can play around with the quantities depending on your sensitivity/needs. If you need more absorption power, you could up the baking soda to three parts. While if you find you are having a reaction, you could cut-back or try replacing some of it with arrowroot or cornstarch.
Where can you find the ingredients?
For those outside, your best bet is probably Etsy or Amazon both of which have great range of raw products like shea butter and beeswax from around the world as well as fantastic essential oil starter kits. And if you want to be really fancy, you can even ditch the bars and use these twist-up deodorant tubes.
Do you make your own deodorant? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your recipe.