Written By Alexis Thompson
How to Make Organic Deodorants
How many deodorants are there out in the market? How many have you actually tried? Come on, be honest. Who hasn’t tried a lot of deodorant brands promising to make you smell cleaner for longer hours, or to make it less itchy, or make it smoother or lighten the color? Unknown to many, commercial deodorants contains a lot of ingredients like aluminum, penetration enhancers and fragrance, among others, that are harmful to ones health.
In the dawn of organic products when people now believe in the power of anything homemade, it not surprising that people makes anything from their own pantry. If you are guilty of this, raise your hand. (Raises my hand.) Who needs to spend extra cash on a $30 scrub when you have some brown sugar and olive oil in your house? Need a hair mask? Use some mayonnaise and plastic wrap on your hair. Body wash? Add some milk to warm water and wash away for a smoother skin. But have you ever thought of homemade products for your more delicate parts like arm pits and privates? Me neither. Have I tried it? Yes and no, I don’t stink.
So what do you need? Without further ado, here are your new best friends:
- 4 tbsps. Coconut oil – softens skin and has antibacterial properties. It is your best weapon against bad odor.
- 1 tbsp. Shea butter – softens and smoothens skin even after shaving or after waxing.
- 4 tsps. Clay - Keeps sweat from reaching your clothes.
- 1 1/2 tbspas. Beeswax – keeps the deodorant solid and stay its shape in the container
- 10-20 drops of Essential oil/s like tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, or peppermint -serves as odor-stopper. It is antibacterial and anti fungal.
- You also have to keep a sterilized deodorant container with you where you will put the mixture in.
Time to channel your inner Giadda or Barefoot Contessa. Here’s what you need to do:
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together in a very low heat while mixing it slowly and continuously, take a bigger cup and fill it with hot water and place the two ingredients together in a small cup and put it on the bigger cup.
Once it has melted, whip in the shea butter in the mixture and remove from heat. The mixture should now be in liquid form. Sprinkle or fold in the clay and mix well.
Finally, add in the essential oil/s of your choice. Let the mixture cool down for a while and then spoon in a sterilized container. Refrigerate the container until it has hardened.
Surprisingly, there have been a lot of recipes of homemade deodorant available online and its ingredients are found in the comforts of our own kitchens. Like many other homemade things, you can be assured that your deodorant contains only harmless materials. Creating your own deodorant not only saves you the horror of bumping into someone in the alley of deodorants, while you inspect the components of the new product that claims “24-hour protection“, but also saves from harmful things, saves a lot of money in the long run, and saves a lot of dark underarms.
It is easy to make your own deodorant. Just make a small amount, maybe just half of the portions I mentioned and try it for a week. I bet you will swear by it by the time you try it.
Alexis Thompson is a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.