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When we made the switch from anything that contained harmful chemicals to using natural products for our family, deodorant was at the top of the list. Chemicals and parabens are very harmful for your body, especially in an area with tender lymph nodes, like your armpits. This led me to making my own homemade deodorant.
Natural Homemade Deodorant
(that really works!)
We tried several brands of natural deodorant with mediocre success. Nothing was really making the cut. No one wants to walk around with smelly pits. I decided I would give some homemade deodorant a try. I was excited to try something new and to know exactly what we were putting on our bodies.
I made a small batch the first time because I wanted to make sure it
got rid of the stink worked well for us. I was so excited and after tweaking my recipe a few times, we had a winner!
Just 5 simple household ingredients
I use five simple natural ingredients that I keep on hand so anytime we are running low (and risking B.O.), I can whip up a quick batch. I usually double my recipe since we have quite a few armpits around here that need it.
First step, place the organic virgin coconut oil in a double boiler on med heat and let it completely melt. Coconut oil melts quickly so this just takes a couple of minutes.
Next, add the organic beeswax and allow it to melt as well. This takes a good ten minutes or so. Sit back, relax, and maybe read some of your favorite blog posts while waiting. (Tip: The smaller the beeswax pieces, the faster it melts)
Once everything is liquid, stir in the aluminum free baking soda and non gmo cornstarch to make a paste. Keep it over the heat because the wax will begin to harden as soon as it is removed from the stove.
Last, put 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils. You can use whatever oils you like. I always use a protective blend for its anti-bacterial properties. It also help boost the immune system. Frankincense oil is my other go to. I believe Frankincense should be used everyday because it is such a wonderful oil with many benefits.
Once all of the ingredients are mixed well, pour the paste into deodorant containers. You can purchase the containers if you’d like. I have repurposed some older empty ones. If I have any extra paste, I place it in a small jar.
I stand all of the containers in the fridge for 10-15 minutes so it can set up. When I run out of my sticks, I just melt the jar full and pour into the container. You can also just use a jar and apply with your fingertips.
Its a super simple recipe and I can ensure that my family is using a safe product. It’s also fun to make, the kids love helping me. Happy, healthy, and not smelly armpits are definitely a good thing.
- ¼ cup plus 1 TB organic virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup or 2 oz organic beeswax
- ¼ cup non gmo cornstarch
- ¼ cup aluminum free baking soda
- 10-20 drops essential oils
- In double boiler over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add beeswax to melted oil, continue to heat until wax is melted. Stir in cornstarch and baking soda until well blended. Add essential oils and mix well. Pour mixture into empty deodorant containers or into small jar. Place in fridge for 10-15 minutes to set up.
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