In January, I began a mission to make one natural household or beauty product per month for a few important reasons:

  • to opt out of purchasing items from big unaccountable businesses that are poisoning us with the chemical ingredients in our basic household and beauty products.
  • to show my readers that making homemade products is cost-effective, quick and easy to make with wholesome, natural ingredients.
  • to further my personal quest to live a healthier life; My Wild Life!

In January I made moisturizer. I am still using it every day and I couldn’t be happier with how well it works and how glorious it smells! (I love chocolate!!!) More than that, it is incredibly satisfying to create something so healing with your own hands and to give a gift made with love to yourself and your family.

My next endeavor in February was natural deodorant (which, first off, I discovered I had been spelling wrong for years!) I chose deodorant because I have never been happy with a deodorant for long. In the past, I have tried numerous popular brands. They would always work great to control odor but after awhile and with every different brand, I would end up with a horrendous skin allergy to them – and I mean horrendous! Bumps, blisters, redness, itchiness, swelling – you name it, it was percolating under my arm! So I would switch brands, be ok for awhile, then same thing. The treatment for the rash was always lengthy, required topical medication and I was not allowed to wear any deodorant until it healed. Bad scene people!

421389_450335105035782_1598644830_nSince this kept happening, it occurred to me that there must be something toxic in these deodorants. So I did some reading. Apparently the aluminum in the anti-perspirants & parabens in the deodorants seemed to be culprits for many health issues. Since most women’s deodorants come with anti-perspirants in them, we are getting a double-dose of potential problems. Of course, with every article I read about aluminum and parabens being possible causes of ailments from skin rashes to alzheimers to cancer, there are just as many written about how none of those statements have been proven. I don’t know about you, but I like to use common sense and my own experience to guide me. If I am getting rashes from something, there is a reason. And it can’t be good.

So I decided to try some of the natural brands of deodorant that line the shelves at Whole Foods. I was happy to discover that some natural deodorant brands even have a “sports stick” for ladies that are physically active, so I purchased one of those along with a basic roll-on to compare. I am happy to report that I have been using various natural brands for 2 years and I have not had one allergic reaction. YAY!

But…I STINK!

There has not been one natural brand I have tried that can stop the stink. The roll-ons are laughable! Not only do I have to reapply them often to prevent odor for the length of a day, there is no guarantee that will work! In the summer when I’d go out for any length of time, I’d end up having to wash my armpits in public sinks all over the Boston area which is NOT GOOD – this is a deodorant deal-breaker! Unfortunately for me, the sporty-type ones also need frequent reapplication. None I have tried stands a chance against my Crossfit WODs. It has become embarrassing, my friends. I am a 40 year old woman and I stink.

Given my predicament, I decided it was time to experiment with making my own deodorant before the hot weather crept up on me again. I used a recipe from Wellness Mama again that had simple ingredients I already had in my pantry. It took no more than a few minutes to put together. You can see below how little ingredients are used and how cost-effective it is to DIY:

Wellness Mama – Healthy Homemade Deodorant

  • 3 T Coconut Oil
  • 3 T Baking Soda
  • 2 T Shea Butter
  • 2 T Arrowroot (optional)
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
  2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda)
  3. Mix well
  4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
  5. If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!

I purchased some empty deodorant containers from Voyageur Soap and Candle Company for ease of use. Plus I got to make cute personalized labels for them!

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As you can see, I made one stick for my sweet handsome and the other for me. I chose Vanilla essential oil for mine because part of the issue I was having with some natural deodorants was the scents were often citrus – even some unscented ones had grapefruit oil added – and I think the citrus scents can smell a bit sour, which could smell a bit like B-O even when I didn’t have any. The one I made myself smells good enough to eat! I used Sandalwood essential oil for my man because he likes the musky scent which is similar to his old deodorant.

I stored the newly made deodorants in the fridge to harden and then transferred them to the lavatory cabinet.

So how do they work?

AWESOME!!!

I have been using mine for a week and so far I have not had to reapply it during the day. I did Crossfit 4 times and while I smelled like sweat, NO STINK!!!  I will keep you posted if anything changes.

One thing to keep in mind – and it is stated on the recipe itself – the deodorant will melt in the summer. Since it is still cold here in the Boston area, no worries for now, but when I apply the deodorant to my armpits, it definitely melts quite a bit from the heat of my skin. Once the warm weather rolls in, I will be storing this baby in the refrigerator. The only other downside to the quick melting is that I have gone through quite a bit of the deodorant in a short time, which means I will be running out of it faster than I would a store bought brand. Given my many problems with store bought deodorant, and the fact that this one is simple and quick to make, I am fine with that.

Now it’s your turn! What homemade beauty or household product did you make in February? Is there one you are planning on making this month? Post your DIY household product adventures to the comments and keep this mission going! For those of you who have not tried this yet, I encourage you to go out there and make something natural for your body or home! If I can do it, you can too!

Live Wild, my friends!

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