I have often thought that I am a major and direct contributor to the profitability of the deodorant industry. Not that I go through a ton of deodorant, but it’s just that I am perpetually buying a new one, convinced that this is going to be the miracle deodorant for me. We don’t know each other that well, so I don’t want to cross over any boundaries by going into too many details about my underarms. However, suffice to say that very few work for me. I seem to almost have an almost allergic reaction to aluminum-based anti-persperants and they make me perspire like crazy as if my body is staging a rebellion. I have tried crystal deodorants, both in the rock and liquid form. I have tried alcohol-based spray like Burt’s Bees and incredibly expensive sprays like Weleda. I have tried almost every natural deodorant on the market…not kidding. I have tried Lavolin and other brands of deodorants that you put on once a week. My armpits became incredibly sore for weeks and that ended that little experiment.
So please believe me when I say how amazing this recipe is! It really works and I can make it at home! Remember that there is often an “adjustment” period to let your body chemistry adapt to a new product before determining if it works for you as good as it works for me.
The reason I am calling this recipe “tube deodorant” is because it is too firm (because of the beeswax) to put in a jar. It works great in a recycled deodorant tube or a new one you can purchase from places like Mountain Rose Herb Company. The most popular DIY deodorant on the web is for a coconut oil/baking soda combo that you need to keep in a jar because if it gets too warm in your bathroom the coconut oil will melt out of the bottom of the tube. This recipe for tube deodorant does not melt and holds up well to cold and hot temps in your bathroom. I have not tried it in extreme temps though, so please leave feedback if try this recipe and you happen to live in Alaska or Hawaii for instance.
The other unique piece about this recipe is that it calls for shelf-stable probiotics. Something about adding probiotics is supposed to help support the good underarm bacterias and ward off the bad bacterias that create bad body odor. I have not looked into the scientific validity of this, but I just like to go off of personal experience. For me it works! If you don’t have any shelf-stable probiotics on hand it is a wonderful purchase to make because it is such a good supplement to take. Sometime supplement shops have a bunch of sample pack of items and you can try asking it they have any.
Most of the ingredients can be found at a well stocked natural food store. They might be a little pricy, but they will last you a very long time and can be used in so many other natural homemade beauty products like face lotion.
Makes: 1 tube of deodorant
1 Tb. cocoa butter
1 Tb. coconut oil
1 Tb. shea butter
1 Tb. beeswax
1 Tb. baking soda
2 ½ Tb. arrowroot powder
¼ tsp. vitamin E oil
15 drops essential oil (lavender, tea tree, jasmine, rose or any combo of your favorite)
2 capsules powdered shelf stable probiotics
- Melt the cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax over low heat, stirring occasionally with chopsticks, until all the solids are melted.
- Remove from heat and add the arrowroot and baking soda. Stir with a chopstick until thoroughly dissolved and combined. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil(s). Allow to cool in the pan until luke-warm and the consistency of pudding. Open the probiotic capsules and mix in.
- Use a spatula or spoon to put the deodorant mixuture into an empty, clean deodorant container.
- Place in the refrigerator to harden. Once hardened, remove from the refrigerator and keep on the counter.
- For very sensitive skin replace the baking soda with arrowroot powder. Also you can omit the essential oils too.
- The top might seem a little hard at first, but after the first use or two it will become softer to apply.