I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting today. But I wasn’t making food. Oh no, I was making homemade deodorant. It’s so fun to get in the kitchen and start cooking and experimenting with herbs and oils. I think it’s good for the soul. Okay, at least it’s good for the body. 🙂
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I’ve been making my own deodorant for a few years now, but last fall I noticed that my skin was getting irritated. At first I wasn’t sure if it was my razor or my deodorant or my soap. I had used up all of the soap that I had made so I was using store bought soap, but it was a good natural brand. My razor was the same razor I had been using, so I didn’t really think that was the problem. But that left my deodorant-that I had made!
After thinking it through, I remembered that a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away when I did use store bought deodorant, I tried a brand with baking soda in it. It worked ok at first, but after using it for a couple months it started irritating my skin. And guess what my homemade deodorant had in it? Yep, baking soda.
Now baking soda is an amazing product that we use all the time around here. So I didn’t go toss out all of mine. But as natural and wonderful as it is, it can irritate some people’s skin. So I decided I needed to tweak my recipe (aka leave out the baking soda) and make up another batch. And the fact that I was about to run out of my old homemade deodorant was an incentive to get cooking up a new batch too.
But why go to the trouble of homemade deodorant?
One of the best things about homemade deodorant is the health-boosting benefits of all the ingredients. Even without the baking soda, this stuff is packed with healthy stuff. Coconut oil is the main ingredient and is loaded with skin soothing properties as well as anti-microbial properties. Next up is Bentonite clay. This is one of my favorite things about this deodorant. Bentonite clay has a strong negative charge that attracts toxins and heavy metals. It also has the ability to absorb many times it’s weight, thereby pulling these toxins out of the body as waste. Sea salt is a well known ingredient in many natural deodorants and for good reason. Sea salt is great at inhibiting the growth of bacteria and other microbes. Arrowroot is a nutrient rich starch that helps thicken the deodorant. Beeswax is what makes this deodorant solid, but it also adds skin soothing properties and mild anti-bacterial qualities. Last is essential oils. Not only do they make the deodorant smell amazing, they also add anti-bacterial qualities. You can read more on why it’s a good idea to make your own homemade deodorant here.
Below you’ll find five different homemade deodorant recipes. The base ingredients are all the same, but each one uses different essential oils, all of which have anti-microbial qualities. These deodorant recipes turned out amazing. They work and smell great. Since I needed to make some for the hubby and my daughters, I decided to stray from my old faithful and come up with some fresh new scents. The final verdict was a win!
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Now you can make your own easy, natural homemade deodorant and rest assured that you’ll be smelling great and staying healthy.
Until next time,