For years I’ve been trying out various different natural and organic deodorants. The only ones I’ve ever really liked the scent of is the ones from Lavanila – The Healthy Deodorant.
But I wanted to try making my own, to avoid having to replace my deodorants so frequently and get more “bang for my bucks”. I love Lauren Singer’s DIY deodorant recipe from Trash is for Tossers, so mine is pretty much based on that one.
I tried using lemongrass essential oil, which I love the scent of and thought it would be perfect for my deodorant. But for some reason it just didn’t work for me. I thought it would smell lovely and fresh, but instead it actually smelled a bit sweaty. Not cute!
So I tried using Gardenia essential oil instead, and for me this was a much better fit! I find it works better and blends in well with the other ingredients.
So here is the full recipe for DIY deodorant I’ve been using and enjoying lately:
- 1 Tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 (Small) Tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon of organic shea butter
- 2 Tablespoons of arrowroot powder
- 6-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I use Gardenia)
Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and gradually heat it up in the microwave or over a double boiler. Be carefull not to overheat it. Once it’s all melted and stirred together, add in your essential oil (or oils) of choice.
Also check out the video that goes along with this blogpost: