Here is my tried and tested homemade, all-natural, low waste deodorant recipe!
I used to frequently buy hardcore, super intense deodorant full of nasties like aluminium, but about three years ago I started making my own, and I haven’t looked back.
This magical formula has kept me smelling fresh on through many hikes, sweaty yoga and dance classes, and hot summer days working outside.
Even though it’s oil based, it’s easily absorbed, surprisingly light and won’t leave any residue on your clothes.
It is not completely Zero Waste because some of the ingredients are hard to get totally unpackaged. But, by buying just a few simple ingredients in bulk from time to time, you can create all manner of homemade lotions and potions, and this still generates far less waste packaging then if you buy packaged cosmetics. It’s also far cheaper than buying packaged deodorant, as you only need small amounts of ingredients to make a lot of product!
the magical formula includes:
- unrefined shea butter: which smells heavenly, and will make your skin s-u-per soft and lovely
- coconut oil: it’s antibacterial and antifungal so helps fight smelly pits, and is also super moisturising
- bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) : also effectively reduces body odour
- cornstarch : highly absorbent so absorbs sweat and prevents sweat patches, but won’t block pores or prevent sweat unlike most chemical antiperspirants. Other recipes on the internet call for arrowroot, which I find doesn’t work half as well as good old fashioned cornflour!
(makes enough to fill 2 x 50g pots, which for me last about 3 weeks each)
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp unrefined shea butter
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp baking soda
5-6 drops of your favourite essential oils: I like using 2-3 drops each of patchouli, sandalwood and pine, so I smell like the happy hippy I am 🙂
In a large bowl, whip together all the ingredients except the essential oils until light and fluffy and all the lumps have gone. Add the essential oils and stir in well. Spoon into clean glass jars, seal and store until ready to use. To use, mix ~ 1/2 tsp of the mixture between your hands to melt it, then apply.