DIY Coconut oil Lavender DeodorantOne of the best ways to upgrade your life is to take the toxins out of it.  Completely possible, hell no, unfortunately.  But when it comes to your hygiene and cosmetics, it’s quite possible.  I started my switch to non-toxic formulas with deodorant.  I feel like many of us do that first.  We hear about how the aluminum in regular deodorants is not good for us, so we switch to the non aluminum brands like tom’s or my personal favorite, Natural for Her by Herban Cowboy.  Herban Cowboy, how freakin’ clever is that!

 

Buuuut many of find those don’t work well and give up.  Honestly we tend to give up too soon, because our pits need to go through a detox and get used to the non-toxic deodorants, so during that time you need to reapply a few to several times a day. That’s just the way it is.  

 

In my trials of many types of non-toxic deodorants I’ve become a big fan of this DIY deodorant recipe, so I wanted to share it with you.  It’s a coconut oil based stick deodorant.  It does get melty if it’s in warmth (it’s totally fine in your 72 degree home) so I wouldn’t recommend carrying it in your purse in the summer time.  Though for me it typically lasts all day so I don’t need to.  Though I do carry a spray deodorant (weleda brand or a DIY deodorant spray) back up in my purse during the warm weather months.  You got to have a back up.  Also check out my Ultimate Guide to DIY and Natural Deodorants for more tips on different types of DIY deodorants, because everyone will have one that works better then the others for them.

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coconut oil – 2 tbsp

cacao butter – 1 tbsp

beeswax – 1 tbsp

arrowroot powder  – 2-3  tbsp

baking soda – 1 tbsp

bentonite clay – .5 tbsp

bergamot – 5 drops

lavender – 8 drops

eucalyptus – 4 drops

myrrh – 3 drops

 

Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and cacao butter in a double boiled (or do as I do and use a glass measuring cup in a small pot of water – don’t bring the water to a rapid boil)

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Remove from heat and mix in the arrowroot, baking soda and bentonite clay with a wooden or plastic mixing tool.  Bentonite clay is not suppose to come into contact with metal.  The metal will lessen the effectiveness of the clay’s detoxing ability.

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Allow the mixture to cool slightly so it just begins to thicken. You can put it in the fridge for just a couple minutes to speed this process up. It thickens very quickly in the fridge so really just a couple minutes.  

 

Mix in the essential oils.  I do about 20 drops total of essential oil, and these are the what I like to use but if you don’t have these or all of them there are lots of great antibacterial / antimicrobial essential oils that make great combinations.  Such as clary-sage, frankincense, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, rosemary, and tea tree.  You’ll see lemon a lot as well if you read other blogs and recipes.  I don’t like to use citric oils in my everyday body products because they cause photosensitivity (sun sensitivity).  So especially in the summer when I’m in the sun a lot without sleeves.

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Pour the mixture into an empty stick deodorant container.  You can see I used an old container from a purchased deodorant I had finished.  Allow to cool completely before using.  And there you have it, and awesome DIY deodorant.

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Coconut lavender deodorant
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  2. cacao butter - 1 tbsp
  3. beeswax - 1 tbsp
  4. arrowroot powder - 2-3 tbsp
  5. baking soda - 1 tbsp
  6. bentonite clay - .5 tbsp
  7. bergamot - 5 drops
  8. lavender - 8 drops
  9. eucalyptus - 4 drops
  10. myrrh - 3 drops
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and cacao butter in a double boiled (or do as I do and use a glass measuring cup in a small pot of water - don’t bring the water to a rapid boil)
  2. Remove from heat and mix in the arrowroot, baking soda and bentonite clay with a wooden or plastic mixing tool.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly so it just begins to thicken. You can put it in the fridge for just a couple minutes to speed this process up. It thickens very quickly in the fridge so really just a couple minutes.
  4. Mix in the essential oils. I do about 20 drops total of essential oil.
  5. Pour the mixture into an empty stick deodorant container. Allow to cool completely before using.
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