I want to know what I put on and in my body. I want to know that the ingredients are not going to harm me. When I make my own products I can be sure of what is going into them. An added bonus is that many times, it is cheaper to make my own products than to buy green and clean products at a health food store or online. Additionally, I can tweak the products to better fit my needs.
The deodorant that I posted about a few months ago was excellent. It worked just as well, perhaps better than, the store bought deodorant I had used for years. It was also very easy to make. The trouble was that the baking soda in it caused me to have a bad rash. You can read more about that (if you want to) and see the recipe for that deodorant in this post. I needed an alternative without baking soda that actually worked.
Amazingly, the answer was super simple. I only needed a handful of ingredients. I have been using this deodorant for over three months and I am still thrilled with the results.
Coconut oil fights odor by killing the bacteria that produce the odor.
Tea tree oil is an antimicrobial. It boosts the bacteria fighting power. (Read more about tea tree oil here and some of the precautions necessary when using it. The amount used in this recipe is not likely to cause any problems, but it is always good to know about the ingredients you are using.)
Vitamin E oil is good for skin.
Lavender essential oil soothes irritated skin and provides a pleasant, relaxing scent. I used vetiver for a more manly scent for the hubby. When using the essential oils, a little goes a long way. Some have a stronger scent (such as vetiver) than others and you will only need a very little amount.
I get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Make Your Own Deodorant!Here is the recipe for Coconut and Essential Oil Deodorant:
(this is not a stick deodorant -- scroll down farther for instructions for making this a stick deodorant)
1/2 cup coconut oil (in its solid state not measured precisely -- exact measurements are not necessary)
1/2 tsp tea tree oil (or 50 drops if using a dropper bottle)
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
30-50 drops essential oil (optional - for scent - use any essential oil or combination to give the scent that you prefer)
Mix ingredients together, melting the coconut oil if necessary, and store in a small jar or other container. Apply to underarms as needed.
That's it. Seriously, it is that simple.
In cold weather, the deodorant will be hard. In hot weather, it will turn to liquid. The coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so that will determine whether the deodorant is solid or liquid.
This mixture keeps me odor-free all day. Trust me on this. I am hyper-sensitive to smells, especially if they are coming from me, and I would NOT be continuing to use something that did not keep me smelling fresh or at least smelling neutral.
For a short while I tried my husband's natural, store bought deodorant. It keeps him fresh all day so I assumed it would do the same for me. Nothing doing. It barely worked at all. I had a faint odor all day and by the end of the day... Well, we will leave it at that. But this homemade deodorant actually works!
I have found that using a little witch hazel before applying the deodorant neutralizes any odor quickly and allows the deodorant to work more effectively on skin that is fresh and clean. Even after a good shower, the witch hazel is still very beneficial at wiping out any remaining odor. Though, I have used it without the witch hazel and still had excellent results. Even after 48 hours, this deodorant has been effective. I do not generally like to wait that long between applications, but sometimes it happens and I am pleased to know that I will not stink if it does happen.
Deodorant SticksRecently, I decided to make the deodorant into a bar and then bought some containers and made "normal" deodorant sticks. The additional steps are not necessary for the effectiveness of the deodorant, but does make it nicer to apply.
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax (beads, granules or grated)
1/2 tsp vitamin E
1/2 tsp tea tree oil (50 drops)
30-50 drops essential oils for scent (optional)
To make Lavender scented deodorant, add 35 drops lavender essential oil.
To make Herbal Grapefruit scented deodorant add 3 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops rosemary and 20 drops grapefruit essential oils.
Picture Guide to Making Deodorant Bars or Sticks
|To make the deodorant bars or sticks, melt 1/3 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup beeswax beads in microwave or double boiler. I used a glass measuring cup and microwaved 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each 30 seconds as it began to melt.|
|Once coconut oil and beeswax are completely melted, add 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp (or 50 drops) tea tree oil and essential oil (30-50 drops), stirring to mix.|
|After a few hours the deodorant will be hardened. Allow it to sit overnight or up to 24 hours for best results.|
I have not tried this stick deodorant during the summer months, so I do not know if it will melt in warmer weather. A little more beeswax may be necessary if that is the case. I will update when I make this deodorant after the weather warms up a bit.
Give this simple deodorant a try and let me know how it works for you!
Update (5/19/2014): Now that we have had a few warm days, it seems the stick deodorant does not hold up well over 80 degrees. A few solutions during the warmer months: keep the stick deodorant in the refrigerator or in an air conditioned room, use it as a roll-on with a roll-on container, add more beeswax or keep it in a jar. I am going to be experimenting with both the roll-on and with adding more beeswax. I will post an update when I have done so.
Updated 6/26/2014 to include scent recipes and update the stick recipe to work in summer heat.
It was hard to find roll-on containers and when I did, I was not thrilled with how they worked for the deodorant. I ended up using the roll-on deodorant as an anti-microbial for cuts, scrapes and boo-boos.
Adding more beeswax kept the deodorant from melting at temperatures up to at least 85 degrees. At that temperature, there was no softening at all. I imagine it would hold up in even warmer temps.