This recipe was born shortly after I discovered that a few  people were reacting to my regular homemade deodorant, and then after waxing one day, I discovered that I did too…

I played around with my original recipe and worked out that bicarb was mainly to blame, added some lavender essential oil to soothe, and got some lovely ladies to be  guinea pigs… Now, I am satisfied.

So here it is, my natural deodorant fussy formula – I hope you love it! Remember to be kind to the homemade process and appreciate the magic in creating your own beauty products!

 

 

Makes: 240 g | 8.5 oz Prep time: < 10 min.

 

INGREDIENTS  

75 g | 2.6 oz shea butter

65 g | 2.3 oz coconut oil

15 g | 0.5 oz beeswax

60 g | 2.1 oz arrowroot flour (or cornflour)

25 g | 0.9 oz sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)

40 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are patchouli, tea tree and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

TO USE

Scoop a small amount of balm (the size of your fingernail is plenty) and rub gently onto clean armpits.

 

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • For an extra kick, substitute the arrowroot powder for bentonite clay – a simple straight swap. Sometimes deodorant paste just doesn’t cut the mustard for everyone all of the time and this little hack might just do the trick!
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.

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