Easy DIY Lavender Deodorant
There are so many reasons to make your own hygiene products. If you're like me and try to pay attention to what you're putting in your body when you eat, then it naturally follows that you're going to want to pay attention to what you put ON your body as well. I've done enough independent research to determine that this is the way to go for me. I think it's healthier and even more affordable. For you it may just be a fun craft to try out. Whatever your reasons, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't give DIY a try. At the very least it's a fun science experiment ;)
I actually happened to have an almost empty deodorant container when I did this, but it's not really necessary. You can use any kind of container you like... a mold or just a glass jar will do.
Here's what you need!
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Shea Butter
2 Tbsp Arrowrroot
5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Add coconut oil and shea butter to a glass jar.
Place jar in a few inches of water in a saucepan. Use medium heat until the mixture is melted and combined.
Add baking soda, arrowroot, and essential oils and combine.
You can use any essential oils that make you happy. This is my box of potions that Erik painted all pretty and gave me for my birthday. It helps me pretend I'm Claire from Outlander. For this, I chose lavender and tea tree because they're both good for the skin and smell nice, but aren't too powerful a smell either.
Then place the jar in the refrigerator until it has cooled off into a more solid, paste-like consistency.
Scoop into your vessel of choice.
I refrigerated it again afterward to make it a little more solid, but you don't have to do that. The texture is really more of an aesthetic preference.
And ta da! Deodorant!
I've been using this for about a week and while it feels a little more wet than typical deodorant when I first put it on, I don't notice much difference after that. So to me, that's a win. It seems similar in effectiveness, lower in cost, and ingredients I don't have to worry about putting on my skin. Winning all around.
Let me know if you've tried this, have your own deo recipe, or if you have a DIY request for the future!