The idea may get some readers’ noses out of joint (so good! – Ed), but the health benefits of home-made deodorant make this a recipe not to be missed – and it smells lovely too!
I know, I know. Before you think this is just for hippy freaks, think again. I have one “natural” friend who gave up on being natural because she was sick of being “Crunchy Betty”, which she explained is someone who is au naturel but ends up being kinda disgusting. Yep, she had a point. Who wants to be like that? However, that conversation put me on a crusade to prove you can get back to basics without being gross.
The thing that I’ve discovered in all of this is manufacturers add chemical after chemical to their products to do a job that is often easily achieved by simple things found in nature, and it leaves you wondering why they ever changed things to begin with?
Look at the ingredient list on your deodorant and then ask yourself if it could possibly be good absorbing any of those things into your body. Artificial fragrances often mimic hormones or are in fact synthetic hormones, and some studies suggest that the aluminium and parabens are linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia and breast cancer.
All that aside, I’m keen to minimise the chemical bombardment…just because.
I’ve been tinkering with this recipe and I think it’s pretty much spot on. In saying that feel free to change to proportions to suit what you like. The end result will be as good as the quality of your ingredients and I promise it will leave you sans pong.
Shea butter – 65g
Coconut oil – 15g
Jojoba oil – 1 tsp (you could use grapeseed oil or another similar oil of your choice)
Sodium bicarbonate – 2 ½ tsp
Tapioca starch – 70g (arrowroot also works)
White kaolin clay – 25g
Essential oils for fragrance – make sure they are good quality as cheap ones often have synthetic additives. Personal choice: I used geranium, lavender, peppermint and citrus.
Cedar, cypress and clove are nice also.
I buy the bicarbonate, organic coconut oil and organic tapioca just from the supermarket. The rest you may be able to get from your local health food store, but I guarantee you it will be much cheaper from a specialised online supplier.
In a small saucepan, preferably one with a pouring spout, simply melt the shea butter over a very, very low heat until just melted.
Add all the other ingredients and mix together.
Do not let it bubble or boil. Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
Pour into small glass pots/jars and leave to cool. It will become firm. This recipe makes up about 150mls, which would be enough to last for months.
How to use
Step 1) Scoop a pea/small marble sized amount with your finger nail and rub into your pits (it feels like a cream that turns to a dry powder).
Step 2) Enjoy a stink free day.
Need I say it – if you experience any skin irritation discontinue use.