Forgive my blatant pun, but all too often deodorants get the short end of the stick when it comes to our personal beauty routines. For something that most people apply to their body every single day, it is surprising that many of us are willing to settle for a mass produced stick of deodorant, when making your own customized, all natural deodorant is quick, easy, and affordable. Simply create a base for your Deodorant using Oils, Waxes, Butters and Additives, then scent it with a customized blend of Essential Oils.
A Deodorant Base can be created similarly to a Balm Base. Combine 1 part Vegetable Butter, 2 parts Vegetable Oil, and 1 part Wax to create a base. Next, add 1 part Baking Soda, and 1 part Cornstarch or Dry-Flo to lend absorbency and deodorizing ability to the base. Depending on the Butters, Oils, and Waxes you choose, you may need to adjust the proportions to acheive an ideal consistency. You may want to package your first batch of Deodorant in a wide mouth jar to make it easy to use regardless of its texture. If the recipe you create yields a very hard Deodorant, you can package in Stick Tube or Deodorant Containers.
Essential Oil Blend
The majority of your Essential Oil Blend should be composed of Essential Oils that you will enjoy smelling throughout the day. Some personal favorites of mine include: Jasmine Absolute, Rose Essential Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Bergamot Essential Oil. Creating your own, personal blend will make your Deodorant a pleasure to use every day.
Many Essential Oils contain deodorizing properties that can help to enhance your Deodorant Base. Cypress, Myrrh, Lemongrass, Spruce, and Pine Essential Oils contain components that can help to add extra deodorizing power to your blend. Tea Tree, Niaouli, Nerolina, Juniper, and Ravensara Essential Oils are known for their antiseptic properties. Adding an antiseptic Essential Oil to your deodorant is another way to enhance its deodorizing abilities.
Check out our recent post on creating Essential Oil Blends for Natural Deodorants for sample blend recipes.
Remember to reasearch your chosen Essential Oils well before adding them to your recipe. Make sure that the Essential Oils you are using won't conflict with any medical conditions that you may have. While the exact percentage of Essential Oil can be adjusted to suit your personal taste and tolerance, I would recommend using a total of around 2% Essential Oil in your Deodorant Formula.
More Deodorant Recipes
There are many more recipes available for creating handmade, Natural Deodorants. One of my favorite bloggers, Amy Karol, recently posted this recipe of her own. Recipes for Herbal Stick Deodorant and Herbal Deodorant Spray are available at FromNatureWithLove.com's Recipe Database. You can also find a great recipe for Solid Deodorant in the Database.