For years I tried many brands of natural and eco under arm deodorants and struggled to find one that I like, that works, and that isn’t expensive. This lead to my first attempt at hand-making some. I really wanted to incorporate my favourite ingredient of all time – Coconut Oil. It’s anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and is extremely tolerant to heat and yields a naturally lengthy shelf life – and no need for preservatives!
There were plenty of recipes posted across the internet, however I found this particular ‘inspired’ recipe has a nicer texture and the scent works wonderfully well for both men and women. A great product that is so easy to make and really worth the effort.
150g organic extra virgin coconut oil
50g bicarb soda
70g arrowroot, tapioca or corn starch
3 x drops sage essential oil
3 x drops orange essential oil
3 x drops petitgrain essential oil
1 x teaspoon unrefined shea butter – optional
In a medium saucepan, gently melt the coconut oil on the lowest heat. Once melted, add in the bicarb and starch and stir until dissolved and combined. Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Pour into storage containers and set aside to cool and set.
Makes approx. 5 roll on deodorant bottles full or around 250g. This is a great way to save and re-use your old roll-on containers, making sure you boil in water for 10 minutes and then air dry before refilling. Costs around $2-$2.50 per 50ml bottle compared with store bought ones which average around $8-$15 each. If you look to buy the ingredients in bulk ie: 1 kg coconut oil, this will last at least 6 batches of deodorant.
In the cooler months either store in small jars, or run your roll-on bottles under warm water first before using to liquify the mixture.
Makes a great homemade gift too!