Many commercial deodorants brands contain skin irritants (e.g. SLS, DEA), aluminum, synthetic fragrance, or other chemicals and can make your skin sore. Antiperspirants are even worse! Thankfully, there are natural alternatives to kill odor causing bacterias! Herbal deodorants are super effective since many of them have strong anti-bacterial properties.
Here a recipe for you to make your own natural deodorant that you can try if you have sensitive skin or if you would just prefer a natural method of deodorant. This natural deodorant will allow the release of perspiration, but will prevent odor by combating it with antiseptic essential oils, which kill odor-causing bacteria. You should be able to find these items in any health store or reputable supplies online.
1/2 cup cocoa butter9 oz. beeswax
1 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp thyme essential oil
2 tbsp rosemary essential oil
1 Tbsp tea tree essential oil
2 tbsp lavender essential oil
2 tbsp castor oil
1 cup baking soda (Sift the baking soda to avoid lumps that are really hard to get out.)
Melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter and the beeswax in double boiler pan on top of stove, directly on stove top on very low heat setting or microwave it in a safe glass. Remove from heat and add the castor and essential oils and stir with a skewer stick. Pour into a new or used deodorant container and allow to solidify. This recipe will make about 12 tubes of deodorants. You may adjust the recipe to make less.
Other Oils for Deodorant Blends
Patchouli – sweet and musky, moisturizing to the skin, attracts abundance
Peppermint and Spearmint – cooling and purifying, clean-smelling
Melaleuca – fight bacteria, astringent
Reputable Essential Oils vendor: http://www.edenbotanicals.com/
If you don’t feel like messing around with essential oils, waxes and butters, you can find natural and vegan handmade deodorants at Spa Therapy Works