Conventional deodorant contains aluminum. Learn how to make your own natural, aluminum-free homemade deodorant with this frugal recipe!
Guest Post by Lexie McNeill of Lexie Naturals
I’ve been using aluminum free natural deodorant since I was a teenager. My dermatologist recommended it for several different reasons, and I have never looked back. To see why I use aluminum free deodorant check out this post.
I have tried the crystal stick that you must wet before using, vegetable-based deodorants, and a popular brand that can be purchased at your local store. After years of using the above with little to no success and thinking about the benefits of homemade anything, I decided to make my own. It has been such a fun and easy experience (not to mention very frugal)!
I started with this recipe and really loved it, but my mom and sister refused to use it since it must be applied with your fingers or kept in the fridge. So, I set out to find a recipe that works like the typical deodorant bar. After searching the web, getting testers to give feedback, and doing my own tweaking, I finally came up with a recipe that actually works and goes on smoothly.
Here are step-by-step directions for creating your own aluminum/paraben free deodorant stick. This makes enough for 2-3 average-sized deodorant sticks. You can half this recipe, but I find it’s easier to make a larger batch.
Natural Homemade Deodorant Stick
You will need:
2 heaping Tbsp. beeswax pellets (pellets are easier to measure)
1 Tbsp. shea butter
5 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder for very sensitive skin)
1/4 cup aluminum free baking soda
10-15 drops tea tree essential oil
10-15 drops lavender essential oil
10-15 drops of other essential oils (optional; used for scenting purposes)
2-3 new or used deodorant tubes (cleaned and twisted all the way back down)
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1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler (I just put a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water).
2. Add shea butter and coconut oil and heat until just melted. Stir occasionally. I like to use a wooden stick to stir because the beeswax will stick to a spoon and make it hard to clean.
3. Remove from heat and add cornstarch and baking soda. Stir until lumps are gone and the texture is smooth.
4. Add essential oils and stir until well mixed.
5. Pour into old deodorant tubes and let sit a few hours before adding the tops. You will want to fill them until they seem to almost overflow because they will fall down a good bit once cooled. You can also fill them half way and let them sit 5 minutes before filling the rest of the way. This will ensure you get them as full as possible.
Tips: When I have extra deodorant I simply pour it out onto parchment paper and either apply it with my fingers or reheat it with my next batch because I don’t like to waste anything. Wipe out your bowl with a paper towel (this is one of the only times I use paper towels). If you get the bowl wet the water will just slide off the beeswax and make it very difficult to clean.
Here are some things you need to know about natural deodorant if you’ve never used it before:
- Don’t over apply. You only need to lightly coat your underarms. Over applying will actually make it not work as well. Two to four swipes is ideal.
- Only twist up as much as you need. It will be slightly softer than store-bought deodorant, and may fall off if you twist it up too much.
- Some people experience a week or two of detoxing once switching over to a natural product. While none of my testers experienced this, it is still possible. You need to give the deodorant a good 2-3 weeks use before deciding if it works for you or not.
- This deodorant will stay solid at room temperature; however, if you live in an area with extreme heat you can put the stick in the refrigerator to harden it up a bit.
- This is a deodorant only, and it will not keep you from sweating (though it does do a good job of absorbing most of it, and certainly keeps you from stinking).
For other homemade skincare products, check out these tutorials!
Do you use a natural deodorant? Have you ever tried making your own homemade deodorant?
Lexie is a follower of Jesus, the wife of the very talented Stephen McNeill, and a stay-at-home mother of two exquisite girls. Her passions include spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, and teaching. In an effort to live more naturally and frugally, she began making and selling her own skin care products. She loves sharing these passions with others and helping other families catch the vision of living a more natural lifestyle. Her blog can be found here, and her facebook page can be found here.
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