I've been DIYing many of my health and beauty products for quite some time now but one thing I kept putting off is deodorant because I really wasn't sure it would work. Any deodorant can cause irritation or discomfort, but stick forms appear to have a higher rate of this because of their thickness, which can clog the pores and give your skin the inability to breathe. Some people like to use tea tree oil in their recipes for its anti-fungal properties, but I found the scent to be much too strong. Over the years, I've tried so many different natural homemade deodorant recipes, but all of them were either ineffective, irritating to my skin, or just plain too messy to use daily for the rest of my life. Make your own whitening toothpaste at home using baking soda, coconut oil, and xylitol. Natural homemade recipes and/or off-the-shelf brands are the way to go. You should be very cautious about purchasing any skin products that contain aluminum or parabens. Stir occasionally until the beeswax melts, and to make sure everything is mixed evenly.
Pour your mix into the deodorant container until full and make sure the part that is used to push up the deodorant is at the very bottom before you add your mix so that you can use it as normal when you are ready to use. One thing I noticed though was that the consistency of my deodorant wasn't solid enough to stay on a deodorant stick. If you're wearing a dark top or a tank top, wait a few minutes before you put your top on, and use the clean side of the wash cloth to pat off any excess baking soda - you don't want white powder on your pits! Most homemade deodorants out there are so liquidy, you've got to use your fingers to apply it. I'll be honest, I'm kinda not into that.
When I quit wearing antiperspirant, I sought out and tried numerous brands of organic deodorant. Coconut oil is antibacterial which kills the critters that smell up our pits in ways that some find offensive (I used to be offended to, but now I tend to love the natural healthy smells of people). However, some people have found that the baking soda will give them a rash, which I think someone mentioned above. I talk about how Bentonite clay heals acne, cures problematic skin and my personal experience + tips.
If you omit it, there is a chance that your deodorant stick will be a little less solid, but you can avoid that problem by adding in an extra gram or two of beeswax. I was really excited to see this recipe and immediately bought all the ingredients and made it. Without the baking soda. Since you'll be using this deodorant one to two times per day, it's important to spot test your skin with a diluted version of the essential oils you use to make sure you don't have any reaction to them.
I spritz with vodka in the AM or after my shower, and pat with baking soda with a few drops of essential oil added (for a nice scent) and it lasts ALL DAY. As it's really warm around these parts still, my coconut oil would not solidify, so I opted to just keep it all in a pretty glass jar (which you will see in a minute). I wanted to tell you that I've used this deodorant recipe for a couple of years now and it really really works.
Also, I'm trying 92 degree coconut oil for summer deodorants since the 76 tends to get runny when it gets hot. I like this in particular because no more plastic (deodorant containers) going into the landfill. Likewise, my sister tried some natural deodorants without luck, until she bought one with tea tree oil. One of the main reasons why many people decided to switch from stick deodorant
to gel is because of the crumbles, balls and flakes it produces when you sweat. If the scent is too strong, add more starch (1 to 2 parts) and baking soda (1 part). I learned the obvious, that whatever form the ingredients take on at room temperature will influence the final form of the cooled deodorant. The many trace minerals in Calcium Bentonite Clay are fused together into a super compound structure known as a clay particle, which cannot break down and cannot be absorbed by your body".
When applying this deodorant, use a lighter hand than you would with normal stick deodorant, especially the first couple of days or it'll drop little balls on your bathroom rug. I never thought I would make homemade deodorant recipe
deodorant, believe me, but as I told you Wednesday when we talked about hazards of antiperspirants , I wanted to make a baby step away from antiperspirant last December. Aughh I have tried using baking soda on my armpits…various recipes….I have had to endure pits of fire" for weeks!! After it sits 2-3 days it's ready, spray your hunting area down good, spray your boots and pant legs.
Simply take an empty spray bottle and mix in 15 drops of sandalwood essential oil, five drops of Lemongrass and Lavender essential oils, 5 fresh sage leaves, 2 ounces of witch hazel and 1 tablespoon of alcohol. Because it has a shea butter and coconut oil base, in the winter it is pretty solid.
I double the recipe and I double the amount of baking soda when I make it and I store this in small sized mason style jars for easy application after I shower. This deodorant won't have the same antiperspirant properties that some deodorants
have, but it will keep you smelling good all day with only minimal use.