Adventures in Hippy Dippy Living: Deodorant

If you read my previous hippy dippy post, you know I was thinking about trying to make my own deodorant. Well, that day finally arrived! I ordered all the ingredients I needed a few days ago, and when they came in the mail today, I had to try it out.

So here’s the recipe I used for today’s experiment.

Maria’s Creamsicle Deodorant:
1/4 cup coconut oil
2T shea butter
2T cocoa butter
1/4 cup beeswax
4T baking soda (I originally made the batch with 2T, and found it was not enough to fight odor well, so I melted the sticks down and added 2T more)
2T arrowroot powder
12 drops orange essential oil
12 drops vanilla essential oil

Combine coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax in a glass mason jar sitting in a bath of boiling water in a saucepan over high heat. As the oils and wax melt, stir thoroughly, until everything is melted and combined.

Remove from heat. Add baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils, stirring continuously until smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes, stirring every so often. Pour or scoop into empty deodorant sticks.

Side note – the mixture smells delicious! I wanted to eat it. I’m sure that would not be advisable. And I’m sure the taste would disappoint.

My mixture filled two empty sticks completely, with a bit left over (but not enough to decently fill a third stick). I put the lid on the mason jar and stuck the leftovers in the fridge, to incorporate into the next creamsicle batch 🙂

So there ya have it! The deodorant sticks are currently chillin’ in the fridge (I originally wrote microwave instead of fridge – wow. I need sleep! lol). Once they have completely cooled and I try them out, I will post about how they performed! Fingers crossed for early success…

For those who would like to know where I got my recipe ideas, check out the following pages:
http://wellnessmama.com/4901/deodorant-bar-recipe/
http://thecrunchyurbanite.com/2013/11/24/homemade-deodorant/

After adding more baking soda, I feel this recipe is a winner! Soft enough to go on easily, but not too soft. The essential oils and cocoa butter make it great smelling but not overpowering. And the baking soda fights odor pretty well during an average day.

Looking forward to making the next batch with lavender and vanilla essential oils 🙂

Added a label to my deodorant bottle! Here it is:
deodorant label

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