Deodorant is one of those things that no one should be without. Right? The catch with it though is that everyone should have good deodorant. I’m pretty particular about mine, but over the years I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t want to just run to the store and grab any old tube. I want something that works well, doesn’t cost a ton to make and isn’t so full of chemicals that I’m not sure what I’m putting on my body. That’s why I started making my own homemade deodorant. I’d much rather use something that I know the complete ingredient list on. This homemade lavender deodorant is just one of the many items we make homemade instead of buying and yes, it is one of my favorite homemade items period.
I’ve tried a lot of homemade deodorant recipes over the last few years. It took a while to get to a finished product that I adore. It’s gentle enough on the skin that my Emma can wear it but holds up under even the hottest Texas sun. The ingredients that are included in this are perfect for making a homemade deodorant with. The beeswax will help to hold everything together in a “gel” form. The Shea butter and coconut oil will help it to glide (or spread) and to moisturize your skin so you aren’t drying out badly. The corn starch and baking soda will not only help with odor but it will also help to absorb moisture from sweat.
Homemade Lavender Deodorant
Tea tree oil is antimicrobial which means that using it in deodorant it will help to kill the bacteria that creates odor. Lavender of course will help mask anything that is left so that you smell clean and fresh. If you’re not fond of the scent of lavender, you can use any essential oil you want. Geranium oil, orange oil or peppermint oil would all be great for women. For men, you could use something like Spearmint oil or Spruce oil. In the past, I’ve always used peppermint when I’ve made this to include in homemade gift baskets, I pair it with my homemade coconut shampoo and my homemade shave cream at Christmas and its always very well received! For essential oils, I prefer Now Foods brands. They’re very affordable and just as high quality as the more expensive brands.
You will need:
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
- 2 heaping tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 3 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tsp Vitamin E Oil (or 4 capsules)
- 7 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3-5 drops Tea Tree Oil
To start, put all ingredients except the baking soda, cornstarch and oils in a medium sauce pan. Melt slowly over low heat making sure that you stir often. The beeswax will take a bit longer than the other stuff so be sure that you keep an eye on it.
Once the ingredients are melted, remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda and corn starch. Be sure you mix well. It will thicken as it cools, but you’ll want to keep an eye on it. Once it begins to cool and thicken, add your essential oils. If you wait too long, you will have a harder time stirring the oils in because it will thicken too much, but on the other hand, you don’t want it too hot since heat kills the properties of your essential oils quicker.
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