Okay — so I’ve always wanted to make my own deodorant.
I realize that this admission might catapult me into a new realm of eco-freakiness. I realize that people who used to think I was just “resourceful” or “crafy“, might decide (once and for all) that I am, in fact, a full-fledged hippy.
I’ve decided to risk all that and come clean (pun intended).
After finally finding/creating a recipe I’m happy with — it was time to give it a shot. So, earlier in the week (while the baby took a nap) I managed to make my first batch. I’ve been using the deodorant for nearly a week and loving(!) the way it works — even in the face of nonstop bustling, back-to-back meetings and (the biggest challenge) chasing two toddlers.
Granted, Steve is going to be the true test. His sensitive skin is what compelled me to want to make deodorant in the first place. Well…the fact that he has sensitive skin AND that the deodorant he likes costs over $6 a container. Ouch!
Here’s my recipe (adapted from ingredients and recipes I’ve found along the way):
- 6 empty deodorant containers
- ¼ c. cocoa butter
- 4oz bees wax (I like using the 1oz blocks)
- ½ c. coconut oil
- 1TBS rosemary essential oil (EO)
- ½ TBS teatree EO
- 1 tsp eucalyptus EO
- 1 TBS castor oil
- ½ c. baking soda (sifted to avoid lumps)
1. Melt the cocoa butter, bees wax and coconut oil in a double boiler
2. Remove from heat. Add castor oil and EO’s. Stir with wooden skewer.
3. Add baking soda and combine well.
4. Spoon into old deodorant containers and allow to solidify. Voila!