Switching from antiperspirant to homemade deodorant was a crunchy leap I have wanted to take for a long time, but I was too scared. Buying natural or crystal deodorant is another option, but I find them expensive and often the ingredients are not 100% natural. Another preference for me was that it would be in stick form. I found this recipe on Keeper of the Home which she has altered and worked on, and thus I trusted it would turn out well. I have finally made the leap!
Natural Deodorant Stick
-1/8 c arrowroot powder
-1/8 c baking soda
-2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
-1 heaping tbsp beeswax
-2 drops castor oil (optional - helps it to slide on better)
-8 drops tea tree essential oil
-8 drops lavender essential oil
-up to another 10 drops of another essential oil for scent purposes
1. Add all ingredients into a small pot over medium heat on the stove.
2. Stir until everything has melted into a smooth consistency.
3. Have a container ready. We emptied mainstream deodorant containers and washed them out in a pot of boiling water. Make sure it is turned back down the bottom.
4. Pour the melted mixture into the container until full.
5. Allow to cool and set on the counter for a couple of hours.
It is a good idea to have a "detox" period of about a week where you use no deodorant or antiperspirant after quitting the mainstream stuff and before beginning the natural replacement. I was happy to be doing this in the winter. When you do use it, this homemade deodorant will be softer than conventional deodorant. Be careful not to twist it up too high when using or to put on too much. Also, this will not prevent you from sweating, it will only prevent you from smelling bad. I have heard that your body will adjust as time goes by. I am still waiting to see.
I have been really impressed with the effectiveness of this deodorant. We made one for Brad as well, and it works even on his man sweat. Neither of us have been smelly, in fact we can smell the scents of the essential oils we each used. Mine is lavender scented, and Brad's is the spa spirit essential oil blend from the Spa Spirit Lip Balm post. The only downside I have come across thus far is that our white shirts end up with yellow in the arm pits, but I haven't found it to be a big deal. I am not sure what exactly causes this though. Is anyone out there able to educate me?
Have you tried any natural alternatives to antiperspirant?