I do not consider myself to be very "crunchy." I know aluminum does not cause dementia nor does it give you cancer. I do, however, like smelling like essential oils and not synthetic fragrances. Before making my own deodorant, I was using a brand that I liked. I got tired of buying that deodorant though. It was $8 a stick (I know, what was I thinking!) and I hate single-use plastic. Now I make it myself.
I re-used an empty deodorant stick. I just peeled off the labels and wiped down the insides with a rag.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon beeswax pellets 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon shea butter 2 teaspoons whatever carrier oil you have on hand (safflower, sweet almond, jojoba, grape seed, etc.) 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 tablespoons arrow root powder 30-35 drops of essential oil (optional)
WARNING: If you are pregnant or nursing, consult a health care professional before using essential oils on your body or simply forgo using them all together.
Directions: 1. First you need to melt the coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and carrier oil together. Use whichever of the following methods that suits you. Method One - Double Boiler: Put the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Place a mixing bowl atop a saucepan filled with simmering water. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the surface of the water. Heat until melted. Method Two - Slow Cooker: Put the ingredients in a glass container. Pour a couple of inches of water into your slow cooker and set it to high. Lower the container into the water. Heat until melted.
2. Remove your mixture from the heat and add the baking soda and arrow root powder. Stir with a wooden tooth pick or skewer. Add your essential oils until you find a scent balance that you like. I used 30 drops of geranium and 5 drops of lemongrass. 3. Pour your lovely-smelling deodorant mixture into empty deodorant tube and allow to firm up. If you would like, you could also pour the deodorant into a small jar and apply it to your pits with your fingers...if you are into that kind of stuff.
So does it work? Yes! It keeps me stink free all day. Keep in mind that natural deodorants tend to not contain antiperspirants. Antiperspirants plug up your pores to prevent your armpits from sweating. Instead, this recipe has antimicrobial qualities, absorbs sweat and keeps you smelling fresh. In my opinion it works just as well any natural deodorant I have used. Hooray for less waste!