My money-saving cycle continues… Since making my own soap and cleaning supplies (among other things), I saved plenty of money to purchase my next money-saving product, which left me pondering what to make. I finally decided to make my own deodorant. After reviewing the toxic ingredients in many of our commercial deodorants, I decided that was the best option for me and my family. I had always used a product from my local drug store but after researching the possible negative health concerns related to the use of such products, like Parkinson’s and/or Alzheimer’s disease, I decided I wanted to make the change.
- 14 oz. of Shea butter for $6.95
- Coconut Oil (Full Spectrum brand) $7.86
- Baking Soda (free because I already had it on hand)
- Empty deodorant containers for $7.29 (pack of 5)
- Glass Bowl (free because I had one)
- Tea Tree oil (I already had this as well)
What I did was:
- Melt 2 Tbsp of Shea Butter with 3 Tbsp of Coconut Oil in glass bowl. Either use a double boiler or melt carefully in the microwave.
- Take off heat once melted and add 4 Tbsp of baking soda.
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I used tea tree).
- Mix well and then pour the ingredients into your deodorant containers.
- Place in fridge to harden.
You have to keep these refrigerated but that didn’t matter to me because I knew I was helping myself stay healthy. After a few weeks use, I found that they worked just as well as my commercial deodorants. My husband even used them while working out and was satisfied with the results. You could certainly tweak the recipe however you see fit but this one worked best for me.
After a few weeks of use, I decided to try my old deodorant to see if there was a real difference and I found that I smelled of body odor once switching back. It seems my body chemistry had rid itself of the toxic deodorant ingredients and had adjusted to work with the natural ingredients in my homemade deodorant. Had I bought an organic deodorant from whole foods, I would have paid upwards of $8 when I made 5 deodorant sticks for $4.42 with PLENTY of leftover ingredients to make more when we run out. That’s huge in my book.
So, there you have it. Hope you find this helpful in your quest for making your own products. Be sure to check out Danielle’s article on DIY deodorant, for an alternative recipe, here.