After many years of searching for a store-bought deodorant that works for my body, I have resigned myself to admitting defeat. And in order to pick myself up, I decided to (finally) learn how to make my own!
A few months ago, I was browsing some of my favorite blogs and I saw a post on Homemade Wellbeing by Kristina. She had written about making her own deodorant and how successful it had been for her. She made it sound so easy and I was inspired to finally get off my butt and do something about my deodorant situation. Check out her post here!
Off I went to the Crunchy Betty website to read about making deodorant at home. I almost fell off my chair when I saw how easy it is! With nothing in my way, I was off to the races. Click here to see the recipe that I used.
Making my Own Deodorant
It was really easy. I followed the recipe on the Crunchy Betty site to the letter and I was not disappointed.
First, I took some coconut oil and some sweet almond oil and infused with dried chamomile and calendula flowers. She recommends that you leave it alone to infuse for a couple of weeks. I ended up getting a little busy and it sat there for about 7 weeks. It wasn’t a problem. If anything, the oil came out with a stronger infusion of the flowers.
Second, I strained the oil. I ended up getting about 8 tablespoons of oil.
Third, I mixed in equal parts of arrowroot powder and baking soda. You use 1/4 cups and 2 tablespoons of each one. Stir well.
And Voila, you’re done!
Testing my Own Deodorant
It was easy to make, but did it work?
I tested it for 10 days. I applied it once each day, in the morning after my shower.
During that time, I continued with my daily routine just like normal. This included things like my Jillian Michaels workouts (there’s a lot of sweating involved in those!) and long walks in the sun with my little boy. I even used it when I was around other people!
This deodorant worked for me for every single minute of the ten-day trial. That’s more than I can say for any of the other store-bought deodorants I have ever tried. It simple works perfectly with my body!
I did find that the mixture separated in the jar throughout the day. So, I kept a small spatula on hand so that I could give it a vigorous stir before applying it in the morning.
One Huge Step Forward
Finding a natural deodorant to use has been a long time coming for me. I’ve learned how to make many of my own skin care products, like lotion, cream and soap, over the past couple of years. I’m so excited to have a product that works for me. It’s got a handful of ingredients, it’s easy to make and most importantly, it works for me! The only drawback for me with this deodorant is the need to mix it up again each morning. Perhaps I’ll have to keep experimenting with the recipe.
Do you use a homemade or natural deodorant? If you do, what’s YOUR secret for the perfect product?