I've spent a number of years working to shift my personal care routine to safer options. I've been washing my face with honey since 2006. I've been washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar (also called 'no poo') since 2010. And for the past year and a half when I need a little bit of moisture on my skin or hair, I've been using coconut oil.
Earlier this year I decided to try greening one more of my personal care products: deodorant. I was a little bit leery about this one. I've tried so many 'green' deodorants, and I haven't really been happy with any of them. I was skeptical that something I made myself could really work. However, I'm happy to report that after some months, homemade deodorant is my favourite deodorant. I use the crystal as a back-up, and I'm perfectly satisfied with it, but I don't love the crystal like I love my deodorant.
This isn't the first time we've talked about homemade deodorant here on the Green Phone Booth. You can find a homemade deodorant recipe round-up here. All the same, everyone has their own favourites, and so today I'm sharing mine:
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp beeswax
- 5 Tbsp arrowroot flour
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- 12 drops grapefruit seed extract
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 old, clean deodorant tubes
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring to blend. Remove from heat. Stir the arrowroot and baking soda together in a medium-sized glass bowl and add the melted coconut oil and beeswax. Mix well to combine. Add the grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, lavender and peppermint. Stir well again, and then use the mix to fill the deodorant tubes. Place the filled tubes in the refrigerator, with the lids off, until they've thoroughly hardened.
- I grate the beeswax so that I can measure it more easily, and so that it melts more quickly. I recommend warming the beeswax for a minute in your hands before grating it, to make it easier.
- Many people use corn starch instead of arrowroot flour, but I've heard it can encourage the growth of yeast, which is why I use arrowroot.
- You can replace the lavender and peppermint with essential oils of your choosing, or skip them altogether.
- It's really tempting to try to fill the deodorant tubes all the way to the top, but don't, because it's messy, it will be harder to use later, and the lid may not fit.
- The reason you leave the lid off while it's hardening is because a little bit of the deodorant often ends up on the outside of the tube while you're filling it, and if that hardens with the lid on, the lid will be very hard to get off.
- If you don't have enough to fill a whole tube, move the dispenser up until it's at a better height.