Making your own deodorant is a fun and cost effective way to stock your medicine chest with a daily necessity. You only need a few ingredients and a few supplies and then you can get creative. Keep in mind this is deodorant, not anti-perspirant so it will help you not get stinky but will not keep you from sweating. I do not use anti-perspirants because they have aluminum in them (that's what keeps you from sweating) and aluminum has been linked in some studies to Alzheimer's Disease. (It has also been ruled out in other studies). Alzheimer's runs in my family, two generations of it so far. So I figure, better safe than sorry. Plus, I don't mind sweating.
DIY Solid Deodorant
You will need:
- 1/2 ounce beeswax (if you like it a little bit softer you can use slightly less)
- 1 ounce carrier oil of your choice, hemp, almond, jojoba, etc.
- 1/2 ounce coconut oil
- no more than 36 drops of essential oil. If you choose to use a blend of oils, be sure not to go over 36 total drops.
- six small deodorant tubes or other container to hold your finished product
- small cooking pot
- Pyrex measuring cup
- kitchen scale
- oven glove
- small pipettes, optional but helpful.
- Set tubes up on a tray.
- Fill your cooking pot half way with water and set to boil.
- Add the beeswax to your Pyrex and place the Pyrex into the pot of boiling water.
- Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil.
- When that is melted and combined remove from the heat and add your carrier oil. Stir.
- Add your essential oil(s).
- Either pour or use your pipettes to fill the tubes with the mixture. Allow to cool completely before you attempt to roll them up.