Some might think I go a bit far with the whole hippie dippy crunchy granola thing, but I say if I can make it myself then why the hell not. Actually it goes a bit further than that. I am consumed by needing to know what is in ‘that’. Be it food or lotion or laundry detergent, if I don’t know what those ingredients are (and I don’t mean because they’re exotic) then I don’t want any part of it. Now I don’t make everything, but I do make a lot. If I did a better job with packaging then my whole family would be on board with the ‘make it self’ program. A prime example of this is deodorant.
I’ve been making my own deodorant for some time. First, because of my desire to keep ingredients pure and simple; second, because of my sensitive skin; and third because I deplore (yes, I feel that strongly) the fake sugary scent of most home and body products. My first batch worked, but because I wasn’t used to having to spread on with my figures I wasn’t using enough. My second batch was even better because of the addition of essential oils and using my fingers had become second nature…now in come my kids. Though my kids were proud of my efforts they point blank told me ‘I don’t like having to stick my fingers in the silly little jar and then spread rub spread’, or something to that effect. So I, being the awesome mother that I am, invested in deodorant tubes and made everyone’s life better.
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to make your own or you can order Balm Deodorant by Eco-Arts from me.
You will need:
- 2 Tbsp. beeswax (pellets are easier to measure, but I currently have chunks)
- 1 Tbsp. shea butter
- 5 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 Tsp. bentonite clay
- 10-15 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10-15 drops lemon essential oil
- 2-3 new or used deodorant tubes
First, put the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a glass bowl. I would recommend melting the beeswax first as it takes longer though that is not what I did here.
If you are lucky enough to have a double boiler use that to melt the ingredients. I do not so I fill a wok with water, put in my bowl and bring to boil. I tend to turn the temp down so as not to have any unfortunate accidents and stir continuously until fully melted.
Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch/arrowroot mix, baking soda and bentonite clay until smooth (the pic below is not completely smooth yet). I find that I have to sometimes put the bowl back in the hot water to keep the oils from solidifying before I’m done.
At this point add the essential oils. I like the tea tree oil for its anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. I add the lemon because the bright scent cheers me up, and because it is good for minor skin irritations. I use doTerra essential oils for EVERYTHING which you can buy here (http://mydoterra.com/ecoartsliving) though other oils are fine as well.
Pour the mix into deodorant tubes and let sit a few hours before adding the tops. Don’t be alarmed if they settle a little once cooled. This is the norm. If I have extra I put into a mason jar and just add to the next batch I make.
YES, I don’t like to throw away anything lol.