Many people who make their own household and personal hygiene products do so because they like knowing exactly what they are putting in their environment and on their bodies. This is why I love to make our soap and shampoo. I am confident that what I make is healthy for us and we are not exposed to unnecessary chemicals and substances. If you’re wondering why you might want to steer clear from typical commercial deodorants, here’s a list of just a few of the “nasties” that are in many of them:
- Aluminum – a neurotoxin that is easiest to ingest through our skin! This is the main ingredient in antiperspirants and scientists are beginning to link aluminum toxicity to Alzheimer’s.
- Cyclomethicone – a silicone derivative that coats the skin, trapping anything beneath it, and does not allow the skin to breathe. This can cause skin irritation. Also, it is non-biodegradable.
- Parabens – are strongly connected to Breast Cancer and tumors.
- Talc – is carcinogenic.
Even knowing all this, I still balked a bit on making my own deodorant. I’ve been buying the aluminum-free natural deodorant for several years now and have enjoyed the peace of mind. Sometimes, however, it was frustrating because they didn’t seem to work as well as they should. I assumed that whatever I could make probably wouldn’t match up to the commercial variety (oh, how our big-business society has ingrained this into us!) and I didn’t want to just end up with a scented lotion bar to try to “mask” any odors. It is still fully summer out here in the desert and I need my deodorant to work for me!
Then I came across this recipe at FrugallySustainable.com. This deodorant with probiotics REALLY WORKS! And when you think about it – it kind of makes sense.
Probiotics are good bacteria that people usually ingest to help regulate their digestive health. Now, people are discovering that probiotics are also great at regulating the balance of bacteria on the skin!
I’ve been using this deodorant recipe for almost 4 months now and I have been very happy with the results. I find that it works the way I’d always wanted the store-bought “natural” deodorant to work. Here are some of the benefits that you find with the healthful ingredients in this recipe:
- Coconut Butter/Avocado Oil/Shea Butter – these oils/butters are rich in vitamins and known for their moisturizing and protective properties.
- Baking Soda – a natural anti-perspirant that is also a deodorizer.
- Arrowroot Powder – not irritating as cornstarch can be and for those who are concerned about GMO’s – there’s no GMO arrowroot powder out there . . . yet.
- Shelf-stable Probiotics – these good bacteria discourage the growth of unfriendly or harmful bacteria and yeasts such as Candida. Less bad bacteria under those arms means less odor to fight!
If you want to make a small test batch, I recommend using Frugally Sustainable’s recipe. I’m of the mind-set that a bigger batch means a lot more product for less work so I’ve done a little tweaking and come up with a recipe that I love – and it makes about 15 0.75oz tubes of deodorant.
2.3oz Cocoa Butter
2.3 oz Beeswax
2 oz Avocado Oil
2 oz Shea Butter
~5 drops of Vitamin E oil
1 oz Baking Soda (if you are sensitive to baking soda, you may omit this ingredient)
1 oz Arrowroot Powder
8 capsules shelf-stable probiotics capsules (just make sure they contain either lactobacillus and bifidobacteria)
~1oz of essential oil or essential oil blend of your choosing (This is optional and you can leave it out or use less if you’re sensitive to scents.)
~15 0.75 twist up tubes/filling tray or the equivalent of your preferred tube (I find mine here)
While I’m waiting on the oils to melt, I like to measure out my dry ingredients and essential oils. Make sure to measure by weight! Measure out the baking soda and arrowroot powder into small bowls. You need to break open each probiotics capsule and dump the contents into another small bowl.
Once your oils are melted, cool just a few minutes and then add the avocado oil and Vitamin E oil.
Here’s where you need to work fast: Add the dry ingredients to the oils and mix well. Add your essential oils (to “taste”) and thoroughly combine. Do NOT forget the probiotics!!! (Like I did my last batch.)
Carefully pour your deodorant into tubes.
If the mix begins hardening before you finish filling your tubes, the best way to gently reheat it is to set your bowl in hot water. If you used the double boiler method to melt your oils, then you are already set!
Let your filled tubes sit for a couple of minutes to begin hardening. You can then pull them out, cover them and stick them in the fridge for a little while to fully harden. Once they’re completely cooled, you’re ready to go! You do not need to store these in the fridge unlike many natural deodorant recipes. One 0.75oz tube lasts me around 2 months.
These have been so great for me and my family – please let me know about your results!
P.S. If you’re not in the mood for a DIY – you can get one from me at my shop to try out!