Updated: Aug 29
Homemade deodorant can be a simple way for you to avoid chemicals ingredients found in some store-bought deodorants such as parabens, triclosan, phthalates, propylene glycol and aluminum. This all natural version is easy to make, definitely works and smells amazing!
I remember when I was a teenager and purchased store-bought deodorant. I applied the deodorant to my skin and the after effect was a tingling feeling under my arms. I knew instinctively something wasn't right about that, lol! Eventually, I did my research on the ingredients and found out the chemicals were not good for my body.
Let's talk about these ingredients for a bit:
Shea Butter is a vegetable fat extracted from the nut of the African Karite tree in Africa.
Shea butter has great benefits - its loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, Its great for all skin types. Shea butter has a natural SPF of 6 to 10 and forms a light protective barrier on the skin to black U.V. rays from the sun. It also shields skin from pollution, and strong winds. It can be used in all temperatures, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, Lasts up to 2 years (when stored properly). Shea Butter enhances collagen production and is a very effective moisturizer. It helps stop the itching of stretching skin while naturally being non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores!).
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The essential oils Lavender and lemongrass are used in this recipe and I randomly chose these essential oils since I had them at home while also knowing they are great as an antibacterial. They truly compliment each other very nicely. Lemongrass is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and known to relieve stress, headaches, pain and more. Lavender is known to nourish the skin and relieve several skin issues such as itchy and dry skin.
NOTE: Please be mindful to use essential oils sparingly because they can be considered an irritant if used in high quantities. Avoid usage if you are not sure what is best to do in your recipe. It's okay if you leave the essential oils out of the recipe.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from seeds after they've been left from the winemaking process. Grapeseed oil is considered to contain a powerhouse of benefits for our skin. Its packed with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamin and other such vital nutrients. It is a lightweight oil that absorbs easily into the skin. Its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and even protect the skin from absorbing harmful UV rays. I can go on and on but I will stop here for now, lol.
TIP: In this recipe you can also leave out the baking soda if necessary and just replace it with more of the arrowroot powder.
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Suggestion: I recommend a glass container to store your deodorant as well.
1 ounce of shea butter
1/2 ounce of grapeseed oil
10 combined drops of essential oils of choice
1 ounce of combined powder consisting of equal parts of baking soda, arrowroot powder and bentonite clay
Weigh out the grapeseed oil and butter into a heatproof mixing bowl, set over a double boiler until melted, and remove from heat. Add essential oils to your melted mixture and blend.