I’ve recently been introduced to the world of essential oils and it’s fair to say that I’ve been pretty obsessed with them since. For a long time I have wanted to minimize some of the toxins I use on a daily basis, so after reading a book that totally opened my eyes and inspired me to make my own products, I will be posting a new natural item (household, cosmetic, etc) that I’ve made added to my roster, eliminating one toxic product in our home at a time.
The first one I decided to make was a natural deodorant. Until last week, I’ve used an antiperspirant everyday of my adult life, and I’ve never felt terribly good about the ingredients that are in them. It’s easy to avoid the ingredients list when the smell of tropical pineapple breeze is wafting up from my armpits.
After having used my new “hippie” deodorant for a week now I must say the results have been amazing! The first few days I was blown away with how well it worked and the zero b/o I was smelling. Then we got hit with some hawt late summer days and my mix got a little melty…this meant I was rubbing just oil onto my pits. Nothing a little remix and refrigeration couldn’t fix, and we’re back in the game!
Here is the recipe I used:
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (I used arrowroot “flour”, it seemed to do the trick)
1/4 cup baking soda (Aluminim-free)
6 tbsp coconut oil
25-25 drops lavander oil
10-15 drops peppermint oil
Mix arrowroot and baking soda, then add melted coconut oil, mix together until smooth, then let cool for 10 minutes or so. Add essential oils. You can really use any oil you love the smell of, and keep adding more until the smell is perfect for you. I really love the tingly effect the peppermint has, but some may find it intense, so use sparingly.
Transfer into a small glass container, I got mine at the dollar store, but you can also use a small mason jar or old face cream container.
If I were to do another version I would probably add some shea butter as well as coconut oil to solidify it a little bit, but at the time of making it, I didn’t have any shea. Another mix I made for the hub included peppermint and tea tree oils – positive reviews so far!
Happy Deodorizing! And stay tuned to see what I’m making next week!