Now that we have made over our household cleaning products and skincare line, it's time to make your own all natural homemade deodorant recipe that is free of toxins. When making this do-it-yourself natural deodorant recipe, you can get creative with your scent of choice by using a variety of essential oils. I share my favorite blend in the recipe below, but feel free to use what you love best.
Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Try a few different blends of essential oils in your homemade deodorant recipe bars to see which will soon become your favorite. Remember to store your deodorant recipe bars in a cool, dark place between use.
Keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing. So, be sure to not use different EOs or not apply a citrus-based deodorant if sunbathing or when your underarms will be at risk of burning due to full sun exposure. For a list of photosensitizing oil for your homemade deodorant recipe, click here.
- Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and the cocoa butter and/or kokum butter in a double boiler.*
- As soon as you are able to stir the mixture, remove the mason jar from the heat so it's not too hot for the other ingredients.
- The mixture needs to be thick enough to stir, but thin enough so that there are no air pockets.
- Stir in the baking soda, and arrowroot.
- Add the essential oils once cooled.
- You want a homogenous mixutre that is barely melted. If you are making multiple bars, this mixture will hold up well if stored in a cool, dark place.
- Fill a medium pot halfway with water.
- Add the mixture to a dedicated wide-mouth pint sized mason jar.
- No need to wash between each use. Simply store it in a cool, dry place for the next batch.
- Gas stoves run hot. So set your gas stove no higher than 2.
- On an electric stove, warm the double boiler on the lowest setting. Preparing this recipe on an electric stove will take longer. But doing so on the lowest heat setting will help prevent the coconut oil from separating.
Lemon, lavender, tea tree, geranium, lemongrass, lime, thyme, sweet/wild orange, vanilla.
Peppermint is also a good oil to use as it can lower blood temperature in the armpit area. However, the skin of the armpit is often a sensitive area. So be sure to use no more than 5 drops of peppermint in this mixture.
My personal favorite mix:
Wild/sweet orange, peppermint, and vanilla, 5 drops of each. It’s such a lovely fragrance!
If you live in a warm climate, add 2 tablespoons of kokum butter, which is the hardest butter available. It may smell a little waxier, but it helps the mixture to hold its shape in warmer climates. When doing this, add 5 more drops of essential oils to overcome the bees waxy smell of the kokum butter.
* Last of all, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing. So, be sure to not to use different EOs or not apply a citrus-based deodorant if sunbathing or when your underarms will be at risk of burning due to full sun exposure. For a list of photosensitizing oil click here.
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