Making deodorant is not only cheap & surprisingly easy, natural ingredients can be used that will cut back on harsh chemicals coming in contact with your skin.
To store the cream versions, small glass or plastic jars work well. If solid/stick versions are preferred, find them online (even eBay) by searching for “empty deodorant tubes” (or containers). Containers can also be salvaged from purchased products by cleaning them out really well.
Here are a couple different recipes to get started with.
I have also listed several more homemade options that I’ve handpicked from around the net (both creams and sticks) that include items such as cocoa and shea butter, bentonite clay, a variety of essential oils (lavender, lime, etc.) and more.
1 part baking soda
1 part cornstarch
- Combine well.
- Put into a shake box with a puff.
- Apply daily or as needed.
Updated notes: The general tea tree/ratio is about 10 drops per 1 cup of total mix. Adjust to preference, there are no hard and fast rules here.
If skin is very sensitive and commercial products are irritating, give this a try. Tea tree is antifungal, a disinfectant, powerful antiseptic, this fights odor unbelievably well.
This one’s easy!
- Combine equal parts of baking soda, petroleum jelly and talcum powder. Melt over low heat until it’s completely smooth and well mixed. Stir constantly while heating.
- Pour into a jar and seal. Cool at room temperature then use as needed.
- For the first batch try 2 or 3 TBS per ingredient to start with. If you like it, increase the amounts for a larger batch.
Coconut Lime: Coconut oil, bicarb, arrowroot powder and lime EO.
Lavender: Will last about 2 to 3 months depending on usage. Has a solid gel-like consistency and can be stored in a jar or twist-up container.
Stick: Grated or beeswax beads, coconut oil, shea, clay (bentonite or other), EO blend (of choice).