Commercial deodorants are made with chemicals and artificial fragrances that can irritate your skin. If this is the first time you have read my stuff, you may not know that I have very sensitive skin; therefore, I was already limited to what deodorants I could use. Then, upon discovering that commercial deodorants were affecting my hormones, I immediately discontinued using them due to the high amounts of aluminum in it (the main ingredient to make it an antiperspirant). Why, you might ask? Well, check out these two sources for some research on how toxic aluminum is for your body: “Aluminum in your deodorant – The Inside Scoop” and “Aluminum Intake and It’s Toxic Effects on Health”. There are deodorants out there that aren’t as bad, but there is a healthy alternative to commercial deodorants—make your own, like I did! Making your own deodorant is affordable, natural, and great for your body and the environment. And as a HUGE plus, my husband loved the scent I created with essential oils so much that he asked for me to make one for him! So, the blend I used for the deodorant recipe here is perfect for both males and females. However, feel free to come up with your blend when you try it out. Ok, let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
¼ cup aluminum free baking soda
¼ cup arrowroot (I substituted with gluten-free cornstarch)
3-5 tablespoons coconut oil
15 drops of desired essential oils
1 empty deodorant container (I used an empty one from a previously bought deodorant but you can also purchase one here)
Recommended essential oils: Lemon, Melaleuca, Lavender, On Guard, Lime, Geranium, Lemongrass, Purify, and Thyme.
PLEASE NOTE: If you live in a warm climate, add one ounce of melted shea or cocoa butter to recipe.
- Combine baking soda, arrowroot (or cornstarch), and essential oil into bowl.
- Combine coconut oil with other ingredients one tablespoon at a time until mixture is at the desired consistency. (I forgot to take a picture of this step so here is one from DoTERRA’s blog.
- Press firmly into an empty deodorant container and let sit until the coconut oil solidifies. (I placed mine in the refrigerator for 4 hours).
- You’re done! Simply apply as needed. The consistency will be slightly silkier than store-bought so you won’t need to apply as hard or as much!
To purchase dōTERRA essential oils please visit my store here, or contact me via email (Karla@DoseOfDoTERRA.com) if you have any questions before you order and enjoy!
These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration because essential oils are not a drug. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.