I am one of those people who cannot tolerate the DIY deodorants with so much baking soda in the recipe. Without it, I do not smell pretty. I did not find any other versions without the baking soda did nothing for odor. This is my formula that I found to not cause any a rash or itching.
If you are new to using this sort of deodorant, it is a good thing to find methods online to detox your armpits. You will find you may get darker skin for a few weeks to a month. You may perspire more. Your body is detoxing the chemicals out of the pores. Patience is important. Once your body is detoxed, you will find out your armpit skin is normal-colored and that they were darker before. I find I perspire without smell and no longer do a full, drip sweat.
Remember! A tiny bit is all you need. If you slather it on, you may get coconut oil blotches on your clothes. That is the indicator you are using too much. More is NOT better. You want a small bit. Really. I do not get ingrown hairs or other issues in my armpits any more. I hope this works well for you too.
Deodorant Recipe – Low Baking Soda Formula
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp bee’s wax pellets*
10 drops total of essential oils
2 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
Add: 6 drops of your favorite essential oils
(I prefer 3 drops of ylang-ylang and 3 drops of neroli essential oils)
*I found I prefer a very soft cream, 1/2 tsp of the bee’s wax is enough. If you prefer a harder cream or hard enough for a pop-up container, you can add up to 1 tbsp of the wax pellets. You can also use the soy things if wanted… or add none at all. It is a matter of preference.
Into a 4 oz jar, add the essential oils. Set aside.
In a double-boiler or a small pot over low heat, add the coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and, if using, wax pellets. Stir and melt the wax and coconut oil, stirring so the wax, arrowroot powder and baking soda melt into the oil completely. Turn off the flame and take the top pot off the boiler, drying the bottom so no water gets into the deodorant.
Stir the liquid, making sure it is blended. It should look like whole milk. Pour into the jar on top of the essential oils. Stir gently and well with a kabob stick, chopstick or a stainless steel mini-whisk. Once blended, let sit for half of an hour. Stir again if needed. It will take hours to set up if using only a little wax, it will set up much faster with more wax added.
Take a teeny-weeny dab and rub into each armpit. You do NOT need much for it to work. If you are getting stains on your clothes, you are using too much. Coconut oil soaks into your skin, it does not sit on top of it, unless you are putting on too much. More is NOT better.
For those new to using a better and safer deodorant:
This may not work for 1 to 2 weeks for you while your body detoxes from all of the chemicals used previously. This is normal. Change during a vacation off work, etc. Again, you may want to detox your armpits first with clay before applying for the first time. There is many recipes online to help you with this. I still do this occasionally.
If the skin in your armpits is darkened, they may become darker at first as the chemicals are leached from your skin. Mine did this. They are now normal-colored, not like they had been before I switched to this deodorant.
*Deb’s Standard Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or claim to be one. This recipe is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice. Always see your favorite Medical, Voodoo, Hoodoo or Witch Doctor/Practitioner, Old Man Tree, Mr. Toad, etc., when you are sick, broken or having a bad day. Always research something on your own. I claim no responsibility nor can be held accountable for any reactions and/or any other undesirable results one may have if they follow and use this recipe or advice, including zits, warts, smelling funny, and so on.