I recently found my favorite deodorant in the world! Yay! Of course, it was natural because we all know most commercial deodorants are horrible for you thanks to aluminum-based compounds and many other toxic chemicals. I was so excited but the cost put a damper on my happiness. Broken down, the deodorant was $5.83 vs. the $3.40 per oz. for my second favorite natural deodorant. When I read the ingredients list I thought "I can do this, I can make this!" I already had all but one of the ingredients, which was arrowroot powder. I had no problem buying this because I've been wanting to experiment with making a dry shampoo.
I added the contents of two probiotic capsules thanks to a few recipes I found online. My second favorite natural deodorant has Saccharomyces Ferment and the probiotics are meant to serve the same purpose. They hopefully replace unwanted smelly bacteria with good bacteria. Coconut oil and lavender are antibacterial so I'm not sure if the probiotic ends up being ineffective. (I need a biologist to perform some test!) The clay and arrowroot powder help with moisture and the baking soda neutralizes body odor. Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E, bacteria resistant and helps aids in absorption. Shea butter helps moisturize and is noncomedogenic. This is now my HOLY GRAIL DEODORANT!!!
What you need:
½ cup Arrowroot Powder
¼ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup Coconut Oil
¼ cup Shea Butter
2 tbsp. Bentonite Clay (Kaolin Clay was in original recipe)
2 tbsp. Jojoba Oil
20-40 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2-3 Probiotic Capsules (optional)
Add the Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Bentonite Clay and the inside of the Probiotic Capsules to the glass jar. Heat the Coconut Oil and Shea Butter until melted in a double boiler. Take off the heat and replace the hot water in your pot with cold water. Stir the oil to cool down. When it is warm to the touch mix in the Jojoba Oil and Lavender Essential Oil. Add the oil mixture to the glass jar while continuously stirring. Mix well. Put in the refrigerator to set up. Use a pea sized amount and allow the deodorant to absorb into the skin before putting on clothes. Makes 1 ½ cups.
Scents: If you want to play around with the scent try using Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Myrrh, Tea Tree or Rose Otto (pricey) to help prevent bacteria. You could also use cocoa butter for a chocolate smell, extracts and other EO's. Play around and have fun with your pits!
Sensitivities: If you have a sensitivity to Baking Soda or clay you can replace these with an equal amount of Arrowroot Powder. You can also replace the Bentonite Clay (for oily skin, most absorbent and the harshest) with European Clay Powder (normal skin) or Moroccan Red Clay Powder (for sensitive skin and least absorbent). Corn Starch can also replace the clay (unsure of harshness vs. clay). If you are worried about the Coconut Oil and/or Jojoba Oil clogging your pores replace with more Shea Butter (comedogenic ratings). This will change the consistency but the deodorant will still work. Detoxing your arm pits before using natural deodorants will help with the transition. You can use clay and apple cider vinegar to make a paste and let dry. This also makes a great mask. Feel free to do this occasionally for continued benefits.
Run down on the cost of ingredients and cost per ounce:
If you bought the ingredients on Vitacost you would spend under $70 without the probiotic. You have to buy two Bob's Red Mill arrowroot powders and baking sodas plus I added the largest Vitacost coconut oil into the price so your total could be much cheaper. Since this recipe makes around 1 ½ cups it is roughly 12 ounces. The shea butter will last for three recipes (ingredient used up first). This means you will get at least 36 oz. and pay at most $1.94 per oz. Many of the ingredients will be able to be used for more than three recipes and everything can be used for other DIY's.
What are your favorite natural deodorants? Let me know if you plan on trying out my recipe and if you make any changes let us know! Subscribe to my blog for more recipes, comment and share with your friends! Have a great non smelly day!
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