Make your own homemade deodorant. It’s not a new idea here on Thank Your Body. In fact, my original homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin is still one of my most popular posts… and one of my most trusted recipes. I’ve used that recipe for several years. It’s worked better than any store bought stuff I’ve used and a whole lot safer. (Get the original recipe here and learn why I ditched commercial deodorant.)
So why another homemade deodorant recipe?
I’ll give you one word: LAZY.
Okay, maybe that one word doesn’t really convey the whole story. After all, if laziness were my most telling virtue I don’t think I’d ever be making my own deodorant. I mean, it’s just so easy to buy something at the store.
Here’s the deal: I had a baby last year. Kiddo #2. Nothing earth shattering about that as plenty of women do it (and are awesome enough to have even more kids!). But I noticed that when baby D came around I just wanted things a little easier. And as silly or stupid as it may seem, I was sick of using my deodorant in a jar. I know, lazy. But when you aren’t sure what day you’re going to get your next shower, taking an extra thirty seconds to wash the left over deodorant off your fingers is just too much. (Yes, there’s a bit of sarcasm in there, but on my really tired days I can’t honestly say I felt this way.)
This whole “not wanting to swipe my deodorant with my fingers” thing actually took me to my favorite real foods market where I added some (pricey but non-toxic) deodorant to my shopping cart. I looked at the ingredients and wasn’t surprised to see a similar list as what I make myself.
“Just this once.” I told myself. “And then I’ll make my own again.”
Well, I was right about that. Not only was I not interested in chugging $6 – $9 for a thing of deodorant, turns out it didn’t work as well as the stuff I made myself. (My husband said the same thing.) And that’s why I’m here today. I’m here to share my NEW deodorant stick recipe. It’s still a perfect recipe for those with sensitive skin as it’s mostly the same ingredients. I’ve added a little beeswax to give it some “hold” inside the container and some shea butter because my pits love it.
Oh yeah, and I added the handy “fingers-free” container.
Verdict: I love it.
It’s works SO much better than anything else. My pits don’t hate me. And I can be as lazy as I want with it. Best part? It took me like five minutes* to make and is way cheaper than buying from the store. If you haven’t ventured out to homemade deodorant yet, now is the time.
*I highly recommend getting the beeswax pellets. Save yourself the hassle of trying to grate a bar of the stuff (and you don’t have to ruin a perfectly good grater either).
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Homemade Deodorant Stick Recipe for Sensitive Skin
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 Tbs. beeswax, grated or pellets
2 Tbs. shea butter
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
2 Tbs. baking soda (reduce to 1 Tbs if still to harsh for your skin)
10 – 15 drops essential oil**
1. Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted.
2. Once completely melted remove off heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Then add essential oils. Mix thoroughly, but quickly as mixture will start to thicken.
3. Pour into two empty deodorant containers and let your homemade deodorant sit until completely set (give it a couple hours for good measure). Place lid on and use as you would any other deodorant.
**Note on essential oils: You can add whatever “flavor” you like. I like to add 5 drops of Malaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) or Purification for their deodorizing properties. Then add 10 drops of whatever scent you prefer. Keep in mind that citrus oils are photosensitive and might be better avoided if you spend a lot of time in the sun with your armpits exposed. I don’t, so I added Tangerine and LOVE it. Lavender is another popular oil for deodorant.