I’ve been wanting to try my hand for a while and make an all natural homemade deodorant recipe, but I’ve always had doubts about whether it would really work or not. But this past weekend I finally caved and made a batch of my own homemade natural deodorant recipe AND I tested it out by wearing it to work today. Did it work? Yes, indeed, it did. And I stayed dry. Though on a hot day, I’d probably be safe rather than sorry and carry a tin of this with me to reapply mid-day. Following is the natural homemade deodorant recipe I came up with.
Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. certified organic arrowroot powder
1.5 oz. certified organic cocoa butter
1 oz. fractionated coconut oil or refined coconut oil
1 mL certified organic lavender essential oil
5 drops certified organic tea tree oil
Weigh out the baking soda and arrowroot powder using a digital scale and combine in a glass bowl. In a separate container, weight out the cocoa butter and melt at reduced heat in your microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. Then, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil (or coconut oil) and stir into the liquified cocoa butter. The heat of the melted cocoa butter should be enough to melt the coconut oil if using a solid. If not, you can heat it briefly to finish melting it completely. I like to use fractionated coconut oil because it absorbs into skin so well and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling – especially important when applying deodorant. Next, use a graduated plastic pipetteto measure out your lavender essential oil and stir into the cocoa butter and coconut oil mixture. Follow with 5 drops of tea tree oil and stir well.
Finally, pour the liquid mixture into your dry mix of arrowroot powder and baking soda. Mix thoroughly then pour into containers of your choice. I was able to fill three – 2 oz. plastic jars with 2.7 oz. each of deodorant, though this natural homemade deodorant is solid enough you can fill an empty deodorant container.
To use, simply scoop a small amount from jar and rub under armpits. Use more or less depending on personal preference.
Wondering what else you can make with coconut oil? Be sure to check out the eBook, Coconut Oil Cures (Miracle Healers From The Kitchen), by Sharon Daniels for in depth information on the myths and health benefits of coconut oil, how coconut oil works, ways to use coconut oil, and scientific evidence.
Looking for more DIY bath and beauty recipes that use coconut oil? Check out these natural recipes: DIY Handmade Pear Shimmer Dry Skin Balm, DIY Natural Vanilla and Patchouli Scented Bath Salts, and DIY Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes. Also be sure to follow my DIY boards on Pinterest!