Every time I attempt a new natural body product made with essential oils, there is often a trial and error period. Sometimes the recipes work first time, sometimes they never work. I look at it that I am getting the family (and in many cases my customers and readers) off of chemical slurries. Many body products can be made with kitchen ingredients and essential oils, which makes it easy to play around with. This is the first of my natural deodorant recipes. And yes, it works!
Natural Essential Oil Infused Deodorant
- ¼ cup aluminum free baking soda
- ¼ cup organic corn starch or arrowroot
- 3 to 5 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil, melted
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
- 5 drops lime essential oil
- 1 deodorant container
In a small bowl, mix together baking soda and corn starch. Add in essential oil, gently stir.
Add in 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, stirring until mixed. If dry, add a bit more oil as needed.
Using a small spoon, pack the mixture into the deodorant container. Push out any air pockets with a butter knife, fill in more mixture.
Let dry and set up before using.
After showering/bathing, wait for 30 minutes then apply.
Keep tightly covered between uses.
Natural deodorants made with corn starch and baking soda can cause redness in some individuals. To reduce chance of it, wait for 30 minutes after bathing, especially if you shave. If redness/itching occurs, wash the affected area and stop using for a day or two. It will go away quickly.
Not for use in areas where the temperature is above 70* on a regular basis.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These recipes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. They are not medical advice. This recipe contains essential oils. If any of the products cause skin irritation, discontinue use immediately. Do not ingest! If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these recipes.