This homemade deodorant has a clean and refreshing tea tree oil scent, eliminates harmful chemicals and, best of all, it WORKS.
One disclaimer .. well .. actually two:
- contains baking soda which is super effective and tolerated by most people but causes a rash in others. My son reacted to a different recipe that I made containing baking soda but doesn’t react to this one.
- contains corn starch: I used to use organic corn starch since I created this homemade deodorant recipe before starting the autoimmune protocol. Likely this is fine in terms of what you might absorb through your skin, but I am concerned that those of you with an autoimmune disease might potentially inhale some of the corn starch when making this and cause a flare. Maybe someone else could make this for you? Joke.
I think that you could use another starch like arrowroot powder in place of the corn starch but I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t vouch for its effectiveness or consistency.
Gift homemade deodorant
For a couple of years I made this homemade deodorant and gave it as Christmas gifts (I’m not sure that giving deodorant is a good idea since some people might think that you were sending them a message!! ). My kids still ask me to make this for them since it so darn EFFECTIVE and easy to use. I did experiment with making a deodorant stick but the deodorant in a jar is easier to use … who would have thought?
Food to Heal Ourselves
Yields 200g = about 3/4 cup
This homemade deodorant is easy to apply, has a clean refreshing smell and is effective.
15 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
18 g beeswax
80 g coconut oil USD: Nutiva coconut oil
70 g baking soda USD: baking soda
30 g cornstarch
4 drops grapefruit seed extract (optional)
10 drops tea tree oil
Melt the beeswax In a bowl or pan over simmering water (i.e. a double boiler).
When melted add the coconut oil and mix until it is also melted.
Remove from the heat and add the grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil. Mix.
Add the baking soda and cornstarch and mix thoroughly.
Fill a jar or jars.
The finished deodorant takes a day or so to firm up.
Using a scale is important.
This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled.
If you have a favorite recipe for homemade deodorant I would love to hear all about it.