I’ve been a big fan of making my own beauty products since I’ve discovered all the terrible ingredients that go into making them. Did you know that on average woman uses over 500 chemicals a day? Mostly unregulated in the US, these chemicals are simply untested or lightly controlled by responsible government bodies. Pretty scary stuff right?
Well, if you are like me and really don’t like using all that chemical soup in your body, start making your own beauty products. This DIY Cocoa Butter & Peppermint Deodorant is incredibly efficient, smells super nice and costs a fraction of what you’d pay for a regular (chemical laden) deodorant at the supermarket.
Making Your Own
This DIY recipe is very simple and you can personalise it to your taste. Swap essential oils if you want a different smell or remove the baking soda if you have sensitive skin. In total, you’ll probably spend 10 minutes making it will last you for a long, long time. I actually never finished mine (3rd time making it) as I always end up giving it to a friend who wants to try it…oops!
On the first time I made my own deodorant, I used only 4 ingredients. On this last recipe, I added some cocoa butter in hopes that my deodorant will last the blasting summer of Queensland. If it doesn’t I’ll keep trying. Truth is, this deodorant recipe works both ways. In winter, you’ll get a harder consistency and may need the help of a small scoop. In summer, the heat will make sure to keep your deodorant in a more creamy-like consistency. Nonetheless, it will protect you (and anyone around you) from a smelly pit and still be safe to your body and skin. And I’ll keep you updated on the consistency of it through my Instagram.
Before we get started, I’ll break down on the ingredients I used and why I chose them.
Arrowroot Powder (or Tapioca Starch)
Arrowroot powder is a great absorbent and very healing to the skin. As it is also gluten free, it’s safe to use even by those with severe allergy. Arrowroot can be used as a talcum and is used by ancient tribes in Africa to heal ulcers and wounds.
Baking soda is one of the greatest natural cleaning and deodorising products you’ll probably have at home. It’s an amazing way to clean surfaces and get rid of unwanted marks, stains and grime at home without all the chemical waste that would otherwise contaminate your home and the oceans (you know, everything goes down the drain…). Some people unfortunately have a reaction to baking soda, so for this recipe, you can skip it and add more arrowroot powder instead.
Coconut oil is an amazing moisturiser and it’s great to keep your skin smooth and smelling like a tropical holiday. It is also a great antibacterial, being the perfect ingredient to keep your armpits healthy and bacteria-free.
I added cocoa butter to this recipe because I wanted to make a deodorant that will survive the heat. But cocoa butter has many other benefits. First of all, it’s a wonderful antioxidant, so it’s an amazing addition to an area which is usually bombed with chemicals and/or being shaved off (whichever is your preferred hair removal method). Plus, it smells a little like chocolate, and whatever smells like that, can stay.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Well, lastly, but certainly not least: peppermint oil. Essential oils are amazing but peppermint oil is truly a winner! It was the first one I bought and the one I use the most. Being a fantastic oil for both respiratory and digestive system, this oil is also great for hair and skin. It provides a nourishing and cooling sensation and leaves your skin smelling refreshingly minty.
Not sure where to buy these ingredients? Any health shop stocks Essential Oils, Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil, or you can buy it online here too.
You can buy baking soda and arrowroot powder at your local supermarket (usually on the baking section).
Cocoa Butter & Peppermint Deodorant
Now that I’m done with the talking, here’s the recipes for this amazingly simply homemade deodorant.
Have you done your deodorant before? Did it work for you? Or would you like to see other recipes? Let me know in the comments!
Peace & Love,