I don’t know about you, but I live in the SOUTH, where it is hot and humid for most of the year. A good deodorant can become your best friend. And a natural antiperspirant? Even better. I’m not saying that this will keep you from sweating, but the arrowroot powder does help. The baking soda neutralizes any odor and lasts all day long. Best of all, it’s much more solid at room temp than other homemade deodorants. You don’t need to keep it in the fridge all the time. After many trials and errors, this is the best recipe I’ve come up with for a GOOD, SOLID deodorant that lasts all day.
Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a pan or double boiler over low heat. Whisk in the baking soda and arrowroot powder. Remove pan from heat, and stir in essential oils. Add more if it isn’t fragrant enough for you. Pour into deodorant container. Leave uncapped for 24 hours or until cool. Then cap.
Do you think I could use solid cacao butter instead of beeswax?
You said you use 2 TBSP beeswax. The beeswax I have came in 1oz cubes. Is the 2tbsp supposed to be melted? Looking for a suggestion of how to measure that easily!
If it’s solid, shave it or grate it, and then measure 2 TBSP.
There are 2 table spoons in 1 ounce
Love this! I love making my own deodorant and makeup! Keep up the good work! http://www.amysheree.com
did anyone have trouble with the holes in the device that pushes the deodorant up? I used an old ban solid deodorant container and my mix went straight to the bottom. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
Yes! I used foil to cover the little plastic piece (make a small hole in the center so it can move up and down). Also, I waited until my mixture cooled and thickened a bit before filling the container.
I made this deodorant yesterday, so far I love it and am really pleased with your recipe! I made it with tea tree oil, lemon, and sweet orange. It smells awesome. Just wondering if this stains clothing due to the coconut oil? Thanks
It does not stain clothing, but some people with fair skin have discovered that unbleached (yellow) beeswax can cause discoloration of the skin over prolonged use. This does not happen with everyone, but if it does happen, simply stop using or when you make it OMIT the beeswax. The beeswax keeps it solid, so if you remove it, it will be more of a cream deodorant.
Just wanted to tell you I’ve been using this since last November and it’s my favorite recipe so far (I’ve tried a few). It works, and stays much more solid than other recipes, which I appreciate! Thanks for sharing.
Where can I buy beeswax and arrowroot ?
Beeswax (buy here)
Arrowroot (buy here)
Thank you so much for the recipe! I was wondering if there’s a substitute for Baking Soda? My skin is sensitive under the arms and they don’t like baking soda.