All-Natural Solid Deodorant Recipe
Taking charge of what goes on our skin by creating homemade body products is not only a fun, creative process but also a substantial step towards overall health and wellbeing.
Our skin, as the largest organ of our body, absorbs many substances it comes into contact with, and commercially available body products often contain a mixture of chemicals and synthetic substances that may have potential health risks.
Now, let's consider this all-natural deodorant. Homemade deodorants, like the one you can find in the Essential Living Book, are free from artificial fragrances, parabens, aluminum compounds, and other potentially harmful ingredients found in commercial deodorants. When you create your own deodorant, you control the ingredients and can choose natural, organic components that are kind to your skin and body. You can pick essential oils with antibacterial properties like tea tree or lavender, or soothing ones like chamomile. These ingredients not only provide a pleasant natural fragrance but also keep you fresh by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
Moreover, making your own body products contributes to sustainability. You can eliminate or reduce plastic waste by reusing containers, and you ensure that the products you use are biodegradable and do not harm aquatic life when washed down the drain.
Making your own body products can be a therapeutic process. There's something gratifying about creating something with your own hands that can also promote a sense of self-sufficiency and independence.
All Natural Solid Deodorant
Makes about four 1 oz (30 ml) deodorant tubes.
1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera flava)
3 fl oz (90 ml) Jojoba Wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
20 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
20 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Pyrex-style large measuring bowl
Medium stove top pot
Glass stirring rod or spoon
Four 1 oz deodorant tubes
Directions: Use the "Stove Top Melting Method" to liquefy and combine the base carriers.
Place the Pyrex measuring cup in the soup pot, and fill the pot 1/4 of the way with water. Boil water, add beeswax and jojoba to Pyrex, and allow to melt.
After removing the melted wax from the heat, add the essential oils and stir.
Immediately pour the liquid into the deodorant tubes and cover.
Allow deodorant to solidify for at least five minutes before applying.
Alternate Essential Oil Blends for Different Aromas
Note: These blends are less concentrated, but you can double the essential oil drops if you want them more concentrated.
For a woodsy and citrus aroma:
10 drops Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens)
10 drops distilled Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
For a floral and citrus aroma:
10 drops Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium x asperum)
10 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
In conclusion, making homemade body products like all-natural deodorant is not only a healthy choice for your body but also a sustainable, customizable, and satisfying endeavor. This new path of self-care can lead to an increased understanding of what your body needs to remain fresh, comfortable, and toxin-free.
Do you want to learn more about making natural body care products? Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy for Natural Living class is a dynamic and fun way to learn, with original blending videos made by Andrea Butje (yup, that's me).