deodorant recipes that work

Homemade Deodorant Recipes that Actually WORK!

So we know that deodorants are packed with chemicals that are bad for you. Here are some recipes that will keep your pits fragrant and chemical free. The coconut oil and shea butter are brilliant for creating pits softer than a baby’s bum!

Weapons-grade Foxy Smellerific Deodorant Recipe

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (feel free to use cedar for a manlier smell or omit this for fragrance free)

Place a mason jar with the coconut oil and shea butter in a pot of water on the stove. Over a medium heat, allow these two to melt, then turn off the heat and remove the mason jar. Add baking soda and cornstarch (or arrowroot) and mix well. Add the essential oil.

I leave this in the mason jar and apply it with a spoon, but you can put it in an old deodorant stick and keep it in the fridge during the summer. The downside of our first deodorant is that coconut oil melts at room temperature. If you want one that doesn’t, here’s a slightly more complicated recipe.

The Pitts Rank Buster Deodorant Recipes

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax
  • 5 drops essential oil (here again, opt for lavender which has great antibacterial properties or a citrus one for men)

Pop a mason jar in a pot of water over a medium heat. Add the coconut oil and beeswax and heat until they are both melted. Remove from the heat and add the cornstarch, baking soda and essential oil.

Pour the mixture into an empty deodorant stick. Work quickly as the deodorant will solidify quickly.


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