DIY DEODORANT RECIPE
Recipe For A Green Life deodorant recipeMakes 8 ounces. Credit: recipeforagreenlife.wordpress.com
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil, Fair Trade, organic
- 1/4 C Arrowroot Powder
- 2 T Baking Soda
- 2-4 T Bentonite or Green Clay
- 10-20 drops lavender essential oil, optional
- Blend all dry ingredients together thoroughly.
- Then add the coconut oil and blend thoroughly.
- Add the essential oil drops and mix again.
- Add to a glass or tin container for storage and use.
- Follow the tips and precautions given below carefully.
DIY Deodorant Recipe Tips & Precautions
CS Sherin, March 26, 2018, updated May 2019
- Decrease the amount of baking soda if irritation occurs.
- Clay and essential oils are optional. I find that deodorant doesn’t work for me without clay.
- In warm weather, the deodorant may become less solid and more like a cream, or even a liquid in extreme heat. Because of this, you may need to store it in the refrigerator. Make sure that it is completely blended before putting it in the refrigerator. In cool weather, the deodorant should be between the consistency of a paste or cream.
- Apply a pea sized amount to each armpit. Rub in like lotion.
- The deodorant will need to be re-applied after swimming, exercising, or after being in conditions that create profuse sweating.
- The deodorant will not stain clothing, but it can build up on it — especially if you don’t rub it in all the way. Washing it will usually take care of any build-up. If for some reason, it doesn’t, apply some vinegar to the clothing, and then wash.
- Apply to dry skin only. If you apply the deodorant to wet skin the application will not be effective.
- This deodorant is not an antiperspirant. This means you will sweat, and your sweat can stain white shirts. However, keep in mind that it is natural and healthy for you to sweat, and not all sweat will stain.
Fun fact: I once sold my deodorant locally under my business name: Wild Clover, “Wild Clover Deodorant”. Because the deodorant lasts so long, and because of the costs of glass jars and eco-friendly labeling, etc. I decided that it is more affordable and sustainable to keep to sharing the recipe in my book, Recipe For A Green Life, and via this blog.
Sustainable Living Benefits of DIY Deodorant:
- You are eliminating single-use plastic waste!
- You are eliminating waste from packaging!
- You are eliminating toxic and unnecessary ingredients! Specifically, you are eliminating: phthalates, aluminum compounds, triclosan, silica, talc, propylene glycol, TEA, DEA, steareths, synthetic dyes, and synthetic fragrances.
- You are buying ingredients via bulk and refill, when possible, to minimize waste!
- You are buying ingredients that are ethically sourced (organic, local, Fair Trade)!
- You are taking the time to empower yourself with a simple and effective DIY approach!
- You are investing in what you DO want!
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