Actually it was deodorant for the whole family! I’m not going to convince you of the evils of commercial deodorants, if you are looking into alternatives then you have an idea. Maybe you just like making stuff.
I just like making stuff. I make all kinds of things, it keeps me same when my real job (making hand dyed silk worship banners) gets too “monotonous” which is silly because hand dyeing has many tones, (see what I did there?) but if you are an eclectic artist, anything can get boring if you do it a thousand times a year, or more… I’ve lost count.
Anyhow, I decided to make deodorant. I looked at recipes for different homemade pastes and was grossed out by finger application. Im not slapping goo into my armpits when im trying not to be sweaty! Some suggested powdering with baking soda. No way was the husband going to go for that! I had to combine common ingredients into a working consistency that still looked like a commercial deodorant/antiperspirant. It needed to keep a manly man from smelling like a… (insert your go to stinky smell here or in a comment below!) and instead smell clean. I feel like I found the right combination of essential oils for that but you can use whichever you like best.
My husband and I tried it, I happen to think it works well, but I work inside. It does get really hot here, over 100 degrees (F) for a couple of months in the summer time. Today it is supposed to be 107. Ick.
He works outside and is prone to chafing, so his condition was, “It better not chafe, if that happens, it’s a no go.”
That works for me. I would alter the recipe if necessary (since I happen to feel chafed underarms would seriously ruin his mood thereby ruining my mood) but the review came back as non-chafing so, overall I am pretty happy with it.
Here it is.
Begin by melting the coconut oil and butters with the wax. Stir in the dry ingredients slowly and mix to an even consistency, remove from heat before adding the essential oils. Pour carefully into empty tubes to just below the top. Discard leftover mixture with heavy sediment or sift it somehow. (let me know if you succeed)
Allow to cool to body temperature and turn the wheel to break the deodorant free from the sides of the tubes then cool the rest of the way. That’s it. It probably took me about 20 minutes to prep and mix. Cooling was about an hour. This makes enough for 5 regular deodorant tubes
Illipe Butter 4 oz. (from mountain rose herbs, I just used the whole container)
It looks like they only have a similar butter called kokum butter. It is a hard butter. If you can’t get that, then use cocoa butter which is semi-hard and add an extra half oz. of beeswax.
half cup of corn starch (you can use arrowroot powder, it does the same thing since it is also a starch)
half cup of bentonite clay powder (also from mountain rose herbs) i’m not sure there is a good substitute here
3 tbsp baking soda (from the grocery store)
1/2 cup of coconut oil (got the gallon jar from Costco) we use it to cook all the time
beeswax (mine was a block from Michael’s, you might want the pastilles from mountain rose herbs if you have to place an order) I don’t recommend other waxes. Petroleum wax is one of those things you might prefer to avoid and soy wax is softer and may be estrogen rich since soy overall is very estrogen rich. Unless you absolutely need an estrogen supplement, you might want to avoid it.
(here’s the tricky part, I grated the beeswax, which caused it to curl up and take up about 3x the actual amount of space it should so I used 1 1/2 cups grated where I would have used 1/2 cup melted or maybe 5/8 c. pastilles)
25 drops of tea tree oil (anti bacterial & deodorant) from my grocery store
25 drops lavender oil (deodorant and skin soothing) from my health food store
10 drops irish clover oil for fragrance (this is optional) since we would all be trying it (this is a neutral fragrance and smells more like soap over the lavender and tea tree oils) from a now closed shop on Ebay. Sorry, I wish I could find more since I used most of it. I did find clover & slow as well as red clover but I don’t know how those smell.
You can choose your own fragrance oil really! Try to find a pure essential oil you like rather than one that is premixed with carrier oils. A dram should be enough for a batch or two.
I bought the empty tubes on amazon.com for probably too much but since I only wanted enough to hold the small batch I was making the set of 5 was enough, though I could have done without the ugly/dumb sticker which I peeled off of the one I am currently using. At least that tells me which one is open.
The last tube I poured out of the melted solution had more sediment in it from the bentonite and was probably only 80% full. That one might be a ‘chafer’ There was also sediment in the bottom of the saucepan. No, I didn’t use a double boiler or set aside the pot for only deodorant making activities. I just ran it through the dish washer. It seems ok. If we all die from mostly organic deodorant residue in our food, I’ll let you know.
After two or three weeks I’m still liking it and brought one of the tubes to my bff to try since she’s more into natural eating/supplements/body products than I am. Her husband made a few sarcastic remarks, which coming from him, meant he was supportive and interested. Aww, gee!
She said she would offer a review of it after she tried it.
My husband is still using it except he left the tube in his truck and I have to remix it. I think he is now using the same one that I am using… yeah.