Homemade Deodorant Does the Trick!
By RenÉE Benoit
When I recovered after being extremely sick years ago, I realized that the experience – while incredibly challenging – also taught me some wonderful lessons. Now we find ourselves in the midst of another challenging situation. I’m in a high-risk category so, I’m being extra careful, keeping my distance, washing my hands and looking for the blessing that always comes along with the curse. I believe in Better Living Through Ingenuity! Do-it-yourself is the way to go! Let’s rededicate ourselves to a new improved way of living because this challenge will end as they all eventually do. Then we’ll be better prepared when the next one comes along.
I’m running out of deodorant right now and in true keeping I’m going to make my own! You can, too! I’m replicating, as best I can, the stick deodorant I’ve been using. It’s an organic variety with natural ingredients. When I read the label I see ingredients most of us have on hand. So because I’ve had good success doing this it’s full steam ahead. I simply put in each ingredient in the order given on the label, making the first ingredient the ingredient with the biggest amount and so forth down the line reducing as I go. You have to assume that the last ingredients are very small amounts. This can seem like a daunting proposition but let me assure you that it’s not as hard as it might seem. We know the properties of each ingredient. Beeswax is hard and so adds stiffness. Don’t use a lot if you want the end result to be soft. Olive oil is liquid so don’t use too much or the end result will be runny.
Start small! I make a small first batch so if I screw up I can adjust it by melting it again and adding what will help. I usually get it by the second or third try. When adding corrective ingredients only add a little bit at a time. It doesn’t hurt to melt and solidify multiple times.
Try this recipe the way I instruct and then you’ll get a feel for how it works and be able to better replicate your own recipes.
This deodorant is reminiscent of old-timey deodorants such as Mum and Secret which were a cream that came in a jar. Aerosol and stick deodorants are a relatively new invention. When I was young, in my teens, Ban was the first roll-on deodorant. Yield: About 3 oz.
- 1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot flour
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
- 2 1/2 tbsp unrefined shea butter
- 1 Tbsp grated beeswax
- 6 drops jojoba oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 capsule 200 I.U. vitamin E oil
Place coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler. I use a slightly larger pot that has about a cup to 2 cups of water in it and a slightly smaller pot that has a pour spout set inside it. Bring the water to a slow boil and keep an eye on it. We don’t want the pot to boil dry, heat up the oils and have it burst onto flame. That’s happened to me! Trust me you don’t want that to happen but if it does don’t panic. Just put a lid on it. Carefully. DO NOT THROW WATER on it. That will make it explode.
As the water begins to boil, stir the melting ingredients and continue to do so until they’re completely melted. I use an old wood chopstick. Wood doesn’t conduct heat very well so this keeps your finnies from getting burned. (finnies = fingers!)
Once melted, add in corn or arrowroot starch, baking soda and essential oils. Pierce the end of the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze the oil into the melted stuff. Mix this all together with a whisk.
Carefully pour the liquid into a 3-ounce jar and allow to cool at room temp or in fridge (it will harden faster in fridge) until it’s reached a solid state. Cover with a lid.
Spoon out a little bit with your finger or a flat stick and warm up between your fingers before applying directly to underarms. Feel free to reapply as the weather dictates.