While nothing fully conclusive has been shown yet, several prominent government studies have shown a relationship between deodorants and cancer.
The number of chemicals that are contained in deodorant could fill up that whole area underneath your sink. To avoid contact with these unknown chemical substances and their unknown effects, you can make your own chemical-free deodorants.
Using essential oils and household products, homemade deodorant is cheaper, safer, and more reliable than storebought products. You’ll also be able to get scents that you can’t find on drugstore shelves. Creating your own DIY chemical free deodorant allows you to have a closer connection with your self-care products while knowing exactly what it’s made of.
If you’re interested in creating your own chemical-free deodorant, you’ll find that it’s easier than you might have imagined. Here is a simple guide to making your own deodorant
Gather Your Ingredients
Most of the ingredients for your homemade chemical free deodorant can be found at your local health food or grocery store. By using products on your body that are safe to be eaten, you can be sure that whatever you create won’t cause an allergic reaction.
Get these ingredients for the best results for your homemade deodorant:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter
- 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 1/2 cup + 1 tsp beeswax
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- Your favorite essential oils. Choose something that smells fresh like lavender, citrus, eucalyptus, rosemary, etc.
- 5 drops Vitamin E oil
- 2-3 probiotic non-refrigerated pills, crushed
Making Your Deodorant Bars
Making your own deodorant bars should take a little under an hour. Set aside plenty of time to make mistakes and for cleanup. A two-hour window is ideal.
Once you’ve got the ingredients together for your chemical free deodorant, you’re ready to begin.
Get a double boiler running. If you don’t have a double boiler, start by taking a large saucepan and filling it with 2 inches of water. Get it warm and then put an empty pot or a mason jar in the water.
Don’t wait until the water is boiling before adding the second pot. The pressure could be dangerous. Add the second bowl, pot, or jar while the water is still warming.
Once the bowl starts to get warm, it’s time to start adding some ingredients into the mix of things.
Add the coconut oil, shea butter (or replacements), along with your beeswax into the double boiler.
If you get stuck, a large mason jar will suffice for this recipe so long as you have a utensil to stir with. Pretty much anything can be used that won’t crack with the heat from the boiling pan. Keep stirring intently to assure that the ingredients are smooth.
Stir until you feel everything is adequately combined.
In this step, we’ll put in the oils, powders, and all of the remaining ingredients.
First, continue stirring and remove the mixture from heat. Then add arrowroot, oils, baking soda, and your probiotics.
You need to act quickly here because the mixture will soon harden. Stir gently until you feel that everything is adequately mixed.
When you’re adding essential oils, remember that they’re very strong. Start with just a few drops and then add to your taste. Adding vitamin E is helpful to maintain healthy skin.
Since you’re applying deodorant to skin that builds up with sweat and oils, vitamin E can counteract some of that.
It’s time to make your bars. While the mixture is still warm, you should pour the mixture into something like a muffin tin. find a mold that looks good to you around the house.
You can always use old deodorant sticks. Wait until it’s a little denser and then spoon into the stick. Your mixture should be about as thick as peanut better when you do this.
Scoop it in and pack it down to make a solid and dense mold. Once it’s filled, leave the cap of your deodorant off overnight so that you can be sure it dries completely.
Make It Your Own
You can take some extra steps to ensure that the deodorant is up to your standards. Try these three ideas to make it unique.
1. Lower the Baking Soda
Baking soda is irritating to some people. If you have sensitive skin, it can make you break out or just itch a whole lot. If you think you might be allergic or sensitive, you can avoid it altogether.
Instead, add cornstarch or some arrowroot. These are both great for sensitive skin and don’t interfere with the scent of the deodorant.
2. Add More Beeswax
Beeswax creates a much smoother chemical free deodorant that goes on easily. When you’re applying a deodorant higher in beeswax, you’ll know the difference.
If you have sensitive skin, it’s often much better. If you can’t find beeswax, try adding more coconut oil and butter. That will maintain that ease of use while not disrupting the consistency.
3. More Probiotics Fight Scents
Essential oils are great for fighting smells, but Probiotic pills are anti-bacterial and can help fight even better. Scents on your skin are created by bacteria. As you apply probiotic deodorant, you make them feel at risk. The deodorant can kill the bacteria and make you smell a whole lot better.
Chemical Free Deodorant Is a Breeze
If you’ve never made your own beauty products before, this can be a great project to start with. It’s a little more complex than say, making your own lotion, but can be a lot of fun. Play with the essential oils to figure out what your perfect balance is.
IF you’re interested in other natural ways to use essential oils or beauty products, contact us for tips.