Being told by your husband that you stink is humbling. I once tried to switch my chemical-laden deodorant to a natural deodorant and it didn’t go well. It went so bad that my husband had to break down and tell me that I stunk, really bad. So when I told him that I was going to make my own deodorant, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the terrified look on his face and the question of “Are you sure you want to do that?!?”
Ignoring his concerns, I decided to go ahead and make my own deodorant using natural ingredients and Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO). I’m thrilled to report it was a HUGE success. My husband was brave and did several smell tests to confirm that it indeed worked. Once I tested it out, I made more for a handful of brave friends to test out too.
- 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 grams) beeswax (depends on how firm you like your deodorant)
- 1 tablespoon (15 grams) Shea Butter
- 1 tablespoon (15 grams) Cocoa Butter
- 1 tablespoon (15 grams) Coconut Oil
- 2.5 tablespoons (37.5 grams) corn starch or arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon (15 grams) baking soda
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil or 2 vitamin E capsules
- 15-20 drops of essential oils – I used Purification, but I think Grapefruit would be another great option since it’s supposed to prevent hair growth. Thieves, Stress Away, Lavender, or any of the YLEOs would be a great option.
- Melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil together in a double-broiler over low heat. I use a oven-safe glass container with a spout in a saucepan of water to melt the contents.
- Once completely melted, remove from the heat. You’ll add the corn starch (or arrowroot powder) and baking soda to the mixture until everything is combined.
- Add the vitamin E oil and your essential oil(s) to the mixture until everything is combined.
- Pour the mixture directly into a clean used deodorant container (or a new deodorant container). I save any remaining solid deodorant to a small container to use a pit paste.
- The deodorant can be kept on the counter to cool and harden or placed in the refrigerator to solidify quicker.
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