I have not used store-bought deodorant for awhile now. At first I tried using baking soda but found I needed to reapply it once or twice a day. Recently I purchased Pit Powder from Muddy H2O–it is a huge improvement over the plain baking soda and lasts a lot longer. I still wanted to create my own stick form of deodorant—I’ve scoured many recipes and techniques and created my own Coconut Oil Deodorant recipe to try:
Coconut Oil Deodorant
- 2 oz coconut oil
- 1/2 oz Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly (contains beeswax, vitamin E, and coconut oil)
- 1 oz shea butter
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup no-aluminum baking soda
- 30 drops Burt’s Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Oil (it was recommended to use about 20 drops tea tree oil for its anti-bacterial properties and another 20 drops of a scented essential oil for fragrance)
On my stove top I heated the coconut oil and Un-Petroleum until melted. Then I added the shea butter to melt. I removed it from the heat and stirred in the arrowroot powder, baking soda (no-aluminum), and essential oil. I then transferred the liquid to an old deodorant container to harden.
The deodorant is soft and I only crank up the stick as far as I want to use it. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F. Due to the fact that I have not been using commercial deodorant for some time I did not have an adjustment period before it worked—I saw a lot of warning on the net to give it a month for your body to adjust.
Does it get on my clothes? I have not had any problems with this
Does it last? I am good for the whole day
How does it smell? Slightly nutty with a light lemon note
Do I need to store it in the fridge? I do not–it is still firm enough for my liking even in 90 degree weather
The only issue I had was that one of the empty containers did not push the deodorant up; so I transferred it to a jar and apply with my fingers.