Ok, so I’m officially crunchy when I’m making my own deodorant! But this stuff actually works impressively well. If you google DIY deodorant, you’ll find several options… I saw this one repeated several places and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I picked this one to try! I would say it works 85 – 90% as well as my aluminum based deodorant, but without the aluminum and any other unwanted ingredients.
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp100% shea butter
- 3 Tbsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp tapioca starch (or arrowroot powder or some other thickening agent)
- if you wish – a few drops of essential oils; I used melaluca (tea tree oil) and geranium (I don’t really know much about this subject….)
- a small jar with lid for making and storing
Place coconut oil and shea butter in the jar. Fill a small saucepan with several inches of water and place the jar in it. Heat on medium-low until contents of jar melt, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, mix baking soda and tapioca starch in a bowl. Once the jar contents are completely liquid, stir in dry ingredients. Add oil, if you wish. Stir well. Allow to cool (in fridge for faster cooling). Once cool, put a lid on the jar for storing. Apply to armpits like a thick lotion.
**I hear you can reuse an empty deodorant stick and pour the mixture in while still liquid and then allow to cool. If I try that next time, I’ll report back! 🙂