Ok, I admit it. I have a little secret – no pun intended. Up until very recently, I was still using an antiperspirant and deodorant.
Yes, I know big shocker. I write all about natural living, yet I’m still using one of the most toxic personal care products. Yep, that’s me.
I don’t have body odor per se on a daily basis, but after a good workout or a day of traveling… well, things can get a little stinky. And I was a bit self-conscious about it.
Little did I realize that sweat and odors are part of the body’s natural detoxifying process. And using an antiperspirant and deodorant actually blocked that process. In three words: detox is good. Not to mention antiperspirants and deodorants are loaded with toxic chemicals. Read more in 7 toxins lurking in your deodorant.
So I experimented a bit and after a few attempts I finally came up with a recipe that I loved. One requirement for me is that I wanted my new DIY natural deodorant to be a solid. I just don’t like the idea of using a lotion, cream or some other goopy deodorant under my arms. I wanted something with the consistency similar to my old solid deodorant. In this case, beeswax was the solution. And because it’s a solid, it travels well on the go – such as a purse, gym bag or make-up bag.
DIY Natural Deodorant Solid Recipe
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp shea butter
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 1 tbsp baking soda (if you are sensitive to baking soda, omit and use an extra tbsp of bentonite clay)
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1.5 tbsp bentonite clay
- 2 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 2 drops Citronella essential oil
- 2 drops Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil
About the Ingredients
- Coconut oil helps this deodorant to glide on easily.
- Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree, grown in Africa. It’s incredibly moisturizing and can help to protect skin from dryness.
- Baking soda helps to absorb moisture and odors naturally.
- Beeswax is moisturizing and helps to keep this natural deodorant in a solid form that makes it easy to travel.
- Arrowroot powder is made from the roots of the arrowroot plant, which is native to South America. It helps to keep skin dry and wick away moisture.
- Bentonite clay helps to absorb moisture from your underarms and eliminate body odor without causing irritation. Learn more about the health uses for bentonite clay.
- In a double boiler, add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Bring to a boil on medium heat and stir until beeswax and shea butter are in liquid form.
- Remove from heat, then add baking soda, bentonite clay, arrowroot powder, and essential oils. Mix well.
- Pour liquid mixture into a silicone muffin mold or a 5 oz. container, such an empty deodorant container.
- Let cool down to solidify for about 2-3 hours. The beeswax will help to keep it in solid form to use as a traditional deodorant.
- If using a silicone mold, pop out the DIY natural deodorant solids and store in a reusable container or bag to use at home or on the go.
Makes about 3 deodorant bars.