I’ve known about the harmful chemicals in antiperspirants for a while but I didn’t know what other option I had so I just accepted it. When I received my Young Living essential oils kit I was inspired to use them to make a natural deodorant and I’m so happy I did.
The first step in this process was accepting that I was going to sweat. For many years I chose antiperspirants so that no sweat would leave that area of my body. Yes, completely unhealthy. I made the easiest recipe I could find with ingredients I already had on hand. I melted and combined the ingredients into a mason jar and used a wooden craft stick as my applicator. I did this for a few days and I noticed that I wasn’t smelling the way I had intended to (even after multiple applications) but I refused to give up!
I started doing more research and during this time I learned about Purification essential oil. It doesn’t cover up odors but goes in and kills the odor. Aha! If the odor that comes from our bodies is caused by bacteria leaving, then incorporating this oil would help to combat that smell. It did!
Another thing I didn’t like about the trial deodorant was its consistency. Coconut oil has a low melting point so there were areas of liquid in the jar along with solid parts. What was I going to do when traveling? Add beeswax!
I melted down what I had already made, added beeswax and incorporated Purification into the mixture. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I have found that I actually smell better than I did when using the antiperspirants. I think this has something to do with letting your body work the way it was designed. I’m so thankful I found these oils. They remove toxins from the area where they are applied so I like to think that every time I apply my deodorant, I’m actually detoxifying that area of my body.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup beeswax
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
1/4 baking soda
10 drops YL lavender essential oil
10 drops YL purification essential oil
5 drops YL tea tree essential oil
In a double boiler melt down coconut oil and beeswax. Stir in arrowroot powder and baking soda until you reach a smooth consistency then add in oils and stir a few more times. Pour liquid into containers and put in refrigerator to harden. Once they are firm (about 15 minutes) you can move them to your cabinet to store.
This recipe makes enough to fill up three containers and still have a little extra. If you notice a hole in the middle of the container after the mixture has hardened just pour the extra onto it. You can also purchase clear sticker paper to print a label for a personalized touch.