I have tried quite a few natural deodorants but I still haven't found one which I am totally happy with in terms of its performance + smell therefore I fancied making my own.
For the fragrance, I used citrus-based oils because I personally find orange so fresh smelling. Tea tree is also a good choice of oil as it is naturally anti-bacterial.
This deodorant worked for me for everyday wear, I would say on a really hot day it isn't so great, and would probably need applying twice.
Common ingredients used in drugstore deodorants to be *aware* of:
Parabens - can be absorbed by the skin and can function as estrogen, research suggests some parabens may interfere with the way your body produces and regulates estrogen and other hormones
Phthalates - can mimic or block female hormones - when 'fragrance' is listed in ingredients Phthalates could actually be hidden under this branch because scents are protected under trade law they can get away with this broad term
Aluminium + Triclosan - are also ones to look out for, however, more research is needed to prove these of anything concrete
4tbsp coconut oil
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon beeswax
15 drops essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Links to ingredients:
Beeswax: is a by-product to producing honey, therefore it is a renewable and sustainable alternative to synthetic oils + waxes which can be in some face products.
Coconut oil: there are 3 things I look for on the labelling of jars, ‘virgin’ as this indicates the product has taken an un-refined process - ensuring the oil has come from fresh coconuts. If it is a virgin oil it will most likely be organic and produced in a cold-press method.
Corn starch: is the starch derived from corn grain - yes literally from sweetcorn. It is used in this recipe to absorb excess moisture under the arm.
Bicarbonate soda: is used for its ability to absorb odours.
You can use whatever essential oils you like and adjust the number of drops depending on how scented you like your products.
1. Fill a small saucepan with hot water, bring to the boil, and place a glass bowl on top of the saucepan. Pop the coconut oil & beeswax into it, stirring as it melts.
2. Take the bowl of ingredients off the heat. The coconut oil & beeswax does not need to be completely melted, just trigger the start of that process.
3. Continue to stir. Then add approx. 15 drops of essential oil I used (8 orange, 8 bergamot)
4. Add the bicarb + cornstarch. It will be a little lumpy so I suggest using a hand whisk at this stage.
5. Once the lumps have been beaten out. Pour the mixture into a jug, as it will be easier to pour into the containers.
6. Finally, line up your deodorant containers and pour the ingredients into them. Leave it to set at room temperature.