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It is probably completely unsurprising that I am a “DIY deodorant” kind of person.
It’s okay, though! It works well, and I’m not smelly. Pinkie swear.
This is a slight reworking of the basic DIY deodorant recipe that everyone and their Aunt Nancy has probably seen in roughly a million other places online. Unfortunately for a lot of people, the basic recipe also has a tendency to burn and irritate skin like whoa. With a slight change in the ingredient ratio and the addition of a little jojoba oil, I’ve found that this one tends to play much more nicely with my (very sensitive) skin. If you’re interested in giving it a go, you’ll need:
- Arrowroot starch
- Baking soda
- Coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Skin-safe essential oils (i.e. lavender, tea tree, lemon, etc. Remember to check for any potential side-effects or contraindications before use)
- Jar with lid (a small glass canning jar works well for this)
- A (clean) popsicle stick, glass swizzle stick, or other non-reactive stirring implement.
The actual making is pretty easy. The coconut oil should be soft, but not completely melted. (Be careful using the microwave to soften it, as it can end up overheating and spattering on you.)
Combine just under three parts coconut oil, two parts arrowroot starch, and one part baking soda into a dry paste. Add jojoba oil, drop by drop, and continue mixing until it reaches a creamy consistency.
Once the right consistency has been achieved, add a few drops of your chosen essential oil until it is scented to your satisfaction. I prefer mine to have a light scent, so as little as ten or fifteen drops is enough to scent a six tablespoon batch for me. If you’re a witchy sort, this is a good opportunity to incorporate some protective oils (like rosemary) or love-drawing oils (like rose) into your formula– why can’t deodorant be a potion?
To apply, take a pea-sized amount onto the tip of your fingers and rub onto clean underarms. It’s best to store this in a cool, dry place to keep the ingredients from separating, but they can be easily mixed together again if it ends up melting.
Some people have reported being able to keep their homemade deodorant in a cleaned, emptied stick-type deodorant container, but I haven’t experienced luck with this. I attempted to add shea butter and beeswax to the formula for a more solid consistency, but the result wasn’t an ideal recipe for my skin. If you still experience burning, substitute some more arrowroot for some of the baking soda. If you’d prefer something more moisturizing, consider substituting some softened shea, mango, or cocoa butter for some of the coconut oil. This recipe is very flexible, so play around with it!