DIY Deodorant

I ran out of deodorant the other day. I decided before I started to stink I had better make more. Make? Yes make.

After learning about what antiperspirants do and contain, and unsuccessfully trying a few natural ones, I searched the web and Pinterest for some DIY deodorant instructions. I found lots of different recipes. Then narrowed them down to ones that were solids and contained natural ingredients that I already had, or were affordable and accessable.

I ended up combining/adapting two recipes. One from One Good Thing by Jillee and one from Frugally Sustainable.

Here is what I came up with.

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DIY Deodorant Recipe
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. Beeswax
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Arrowroot powder (also called arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch)
1/4 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
2 capsules probiotics (shelf stable)
30 drops essential
3 Empty deodorant containers 2+ oz. (I just reuse some old containers I have)

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To make this recipe, combine the baking soda, arrowroot powder and probiotics (open up the capsules and dump them in) in a bowl.

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Next melt the beeswax using a double boiler method.

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Melt the coconut oil using the same double boiler method.

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Then combine the beeswax, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil and essential oils. I use 20 drops of Lavender Oil and 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.

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Now mix the liquids with the dry ingredients in the bowl until well combined.

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Spoon the mixture into empty deodorant containers.

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Clean up the outside of the container and put the cap on.  I put it in the fridge to harden and then it is ready to use. Store at room temperature.

See, easy! This deodorant works really well and lasts all day. I am extremely happy with it. And it is cheap. I added up my ingredient costs, did all of the math and it worked out to about $1.15 per stick. Yeah, cheaper than what I used to buy and so much better! No nasty chemicals. No clogged sweat glands. Easy, cheap and good for you!

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