Of course, research on such things is always mixed, so I'm not saying you should scream in horror and throw your deodorant out the window. For some skin types the baking soda is the irritating component in this recipe and that ingredient alone can be the reason for the irritation. One problem I've noticed though is that at warmer temperature, the deodorant melts and separates which is a pain.
This is also common in some skin types and if you have used conventional deodorant for a long time and have a build up of the chemicals from that deodorant in your skin. But now that I have been using the homemade formula, I find I hardly sweat at all!
The total for one recipe is 83+47+33+34=197 cents -> $1.97 per tube of deodorant. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins. I already use grapefruit EO in my hair so so wearing it as a deodorant should be quite refreshing. The issues surrounding the other ingredients in deodorant are more murky to wade through.
Place the cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler and heat until everything is melted, remove from heat and add the dry ingredients and essential oil, stir very well to combine. For additional cleaning of the air itself, essential oil diffusers and air purifiers are both great options. I bought a cheap 4€ bottle of KTC 100% Pure Coconut Oil but have just realised that is says ‘flavourless oil' on the back. I've come to the conclusion that the baking soda is just too abrasive for me. I do have very sensitive skin, so it makes sense.
Now that you know how to make homemade deodorant
go and make yourself a batch, and keep your pits stink free without all those extra chemicals. The starch and baking soda help absorb sweat and the shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil help to moisturize your skin. Coconut oil has some nice antimicrobial properties that help shelf life
and curb odor, but if you know your skin doesn't like it, you could try jojoba oil instead — which mimics human sebum. The problem with bentonite clay is it turns dark gray when wet and all the arm pits of my shirts turned black :-(. That is probably the best solution if you're hoping to use it in a deodorant stick container. Even if your natural deodorant is made up of all essential oils, alcohol could be lurking in the ingredients.
I really liked this recipe except ……. Now that its summer and hot here in Michigan the deodorant is literally dripping from the container when I go to put it on (liquid!). There are many variations of the ratios of arrowroot or cornstarch or clay — and each individual body is unique — so it may take playing around a bit to find your ideal combination. Since my first natural deodorant purchase, I've learned how to make many (not all, but many) homemade products. I'm dying to give it a try but I had a question- the recipe calls for 1/2 C + 1 tsp beeswax. I like to address this up front to displace the common assumption that homemade products are made simply for the savings… savings is just one handsome benefit. It may not seem that way right now, but if you switch to light and airy spray, you will think stick deodorant is downright archaic and dense. I've found this recipe to be very successful but I do sometimes get irriation from the baking soda.
Consider what it is you're looking for in an antiperspirant before choosing between a stick and spray formula. Whenever I make this shampoo I add in a touch of pure olive oil to make her coat super shiny and soft, works like a charm! I knew a natural, effective deodorant must exist, and making my own was definitely out of the question at the moment. By the end of my cardio, I would stick to the high heavens if I had forgotten to apply fresh deodorant beforehand.