I bought a stick of natural deodorant a while back and loved how great it smelled and the fact that it contained no aluminum. My husband is allergic to aluminum in deodorants so we tried it out on him to see if this kind irritated his skin. To our complete happiness, it didn’t. The only problem was, this natural deodorant was very expensive when compared to the price of regular deodorant; about twice as much, actually. I just couldn’t see myself paying this amount for the long run and when I looked at the ingredients on the back, it kind of surprised me as they were all things most people (well me, anyways) have in their homes or can easily obtain. I decided to play around a little bit with the ingredients and make my own.
The first batch was too soft and it crumbled as I tried to apply it. This batch was perfect as I adjusted the ratios of ingredients. So here it is, my homemade almond scented deodorant recipe! Make sure you read the notes on this recipe as it is a bit different than the store-bought stuff you are used to.
Almond-Scented Homemade Deodorant
- 1/8 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/8 Cup Arrowroot powder
- 3 Tbsp Beeswax pellets (or grated and packed)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Raw Shea Butter
- 15 Drops Almond Essential Oil
- First, add a glass jar or measuring cup to a pot and add water to the pot, creating a double boiler. Add your beeswax to it and start it simmering.
- When the beeswax is melted, add in your coconut oil and raw Shea butter. Melt until all parts are liquid. This happens pretty quickly. Add in your essential oil and mix well.
- Remove from heat and add in the arrowroot flour and baking soda. Mix it into a runny paste and quickly pour into an empty, clean deodorant container. Allow to harden overnight without the lid.
- This deodorant will not work as an antiperspirant. It will only mask odor but may keep some wetness down as it contains baking soda.
- Natural deodorants take some time to get used to. Do not apply heavily and do not press too hard when you apply.
- Your body may go through a detoxing period and you may think it is not working. It takes a while to balance out your PH levels after stopping store-bought deodorant. Give it some time.
- If irritation persists, try using half as much baking soda and upping the arrowroot.
- You can purchase empty deodorant containers online for fairly low cost or you can just save an old one and wash it out like I did. Beeswax, arrowroot and Shea butter can be bought there as well.
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