There are so many reasons why I wanted to switch to an all natural deodorant. When I was nursing my third child, Brent (now 15 months), I decided it was more important than ever to try an all natural alternative.
I tried so many different options of the natural stuff and would spend far too long pondering the options at Whole Foods. But none of them smelled good or worked like I wanted or needed them to.
A good friend of mine and fellow DIY mom, Melanie (Owner of Petit Elephant NYC) and I decided to hit the kitchen and cook up our own version! And we got to choose the scent and how much or little protection we wanted. A win, win!! Right?!
What you'll need:
- All natural shea butter 1/4 Cup
- All natural coconut oil 1/4 Cup
- Arrow Root 1/4 Cup
- Baking Soda 3 tbsp.
- Essential Oil Scent appx 15 drops
- Storage Containers
- Double boiler
Start by combining the shea butter and coconut oil on low heat using the double boiler. Once liquified, turn the heat off. Add the essential oils. I recommend a baby powder scent to mimic store bought deodorant scents. But a fresh scent like peppermint or lavender also work really well. Carefully remove the bowl from the double boiler. It will be hot! Once this has cooled for a few minutes you can then add the arrow root powder and the baking soda. Depending on how much protection you need, you can add more or less of these powders. The arrow root helps with absorbing moisture. The baking soda helps reduce odor.
Then pour the mixture into a container. Place the container into the fridge to cool. Once cooled, this can be stored in the bathroom cabinet for daily use. If stored in a cool environment and in an air tight container, this can last up to a year!