Mix everything together in a bowl. Store in dark amber or blue glass jars (like the one below) .
To use: simply take a dime size amount and smear onto each pit.
This is my go-to deodorant recipe. I'm serious, I come here for the recipe when I run out to make more!!
It's simple and easy to make and uses just a few ingredients from your pantry. Add in some essential oils (EOs) to help fight bacteria and done! --- More on that below.
The not-so-secret ingredient in this recipe is the baking soda. It's really what helps with body odor and keeps you dry. Some recipes call for just baking soda, but if you have sensitive pits (as I do), using arrowroot starch with baking soda is a much gentler alternative. I have tried using only arrowroot starch, but found it left me feeling less than fresh ;) Feel free to try using only arrowroot powder and see if it works for you.
Glycerin is a known humectant, and you want to add this to help soften the baking soda's abrasive nature. During the hot summer months, the coconut oil will be in a softer state, so the deo will be easy to glide on. During the colder winter months, you'll want to add more glycerin to avoid the deo turning into a thick paste and leaving cakey bits. Which means FOLLOW THIS VARIATION DURING COLDER WEATHER:
Cold Weather Variation: omit the extra 4 TBsp arrowroot starch. Add in 1-2 TBsp more glycerin, or more as needed, to create a smooth paste.
If you DON'T follow this variation, you'll have to add in several heaping TBsp of glycerin to make it smooth and prevent it leaving little bits everywhere.
Also note that if you see the oil floating on top of the jar as it's cooling, give it a stir to combine everything and it'll harden up and be just fine.
There are many different EO recipe blends you can find online.
I always include a few EOs that have antibacterial properties for body odor and then add a few EOs for their scent properties ---
yep, to smell nice :)
The combination I tend to use is something like this:
Here are some other EO combo ideas you can try:
Clean: 20 drops each Lemon, Lavender & Rosemary
Fresh: 20 drops each Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint
Outdoorsy: 20 drops each Wintergreen, Cypress & Fir Balsam
Bacteria Away!: 10 drops each Lemongrass, Lemon, Thyme, Tea Tree, Rosemary & Eucalyptus
Note that there are lots of other EOs out there and you can play around with the amount of drops you use or even use the concept of top, middle and lower notes to layer scents as aromatherapists do.
Final notes: I gave this deo to a friend who's a naturopath and he was so keen, he wanted the recipe! Apparently, he had been forking out over $10 for a small jar that had about the same ingredients. Right-O, this recipe is pretty dirt cheap to make :)
Inspiration for the name of this recipe Heaven's Passion Pit-Stop:
While your deo probably won't excite any passion, it certainly won't get in the way of any (what with you smelling so nice and all)!
(Waving) Happy clean armpit trails :)
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