So, the old recipe worked fabulously well for me in Indiana, home of frigid snow-filled winters, where we kept our thermostat set ridiculously low in the summer and the deodorant never really melted. Fast forward to life here in the Sunshine State, where we’ve adjusted our thermostat up a bit to save on energy costs (we keep it at 80 during the day). Once we arrived, that tub of deodorant never solidified again. A big tub of liquidy brown stuff wasn’t really cutting it for me, so I did a bit research to figure out how to keep it at a reasonable consistency. It looked like beeswax was going to be the key to my success, so I ordered some, puzzled out how much to add to my existing recipe, and dug in.
I used a double boiler this time, in order to get the beeswax melted and to ensure everything was well combined. Everything was pretty quick and easy, though once the deo mixture starts to cool, it gets a little tricky to remove the from the whisk, pan, etc. Prepare for some vigorous clean up!
I stuck with my same recipe, except that I changed up the essential oil composition a bit and added the beeswax. I have a larger variety of oils on hand now that I’m a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, so I figured I’d play just a little. Without further ado, here’s the recipe.
Quick, Easy & Soothing Deodorant (That Really Works….AND Stays Solid!)
- 5 Tbsp coconut oil, melted but barely warm (I used Nature’s Way from Amazon)
- 3 Tbsp sunflower oil (I used Plant Therapy)
- about 10 drops each melaleuca, lavender, and bergamot essential oils (I used dōTERRA)
- 5 Tbsp bentonite clay (I used Redmond Clay)
- 4 Tbsp baking soda (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
- 4 Tbsp arrowroot powder (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
- ~6 Tbsp or 1 oz. organic beeswax (I got mine from Amazon)
- Melt the coconut oil, sunflower oil, and beeswax in a double boiler and stir to combine.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Whisk them into the melted mixture in the double boiler and continue to whisk until well combined. There shouldn’t be any lumps!
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Add the essential oils and mix together.
- Spoon the mixture into empty deodorant containers (I used these from Amazon and they worked very well). Make sure the bottoms of the containers are all the way down before you put the deodorant in. Once filled, smack the bottom of each container against the top of the counter a few times to settle the deo into the container and remove air pockets. Level out the top and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to help it set up.
Note: This recipe made enough to file 2.5 of these deodorant containers.
I’ve tried the deodorant once (I just made it yesterday), and I can testify that it hasn’t melted. However, it is still slightly soft. I applied it from the container and it went on thick enough that I had to smooth it out with my hand. I’m glad that it’s mostly solid, but I’d prefer a firmer deodorant, so I’ll just have to continue playing around with my proportions! In the meantime, it works.
As a side note, this deodorant might stain the pits on your shirts. Between the oils and the clay, there is potential for that. It doesn’t adversely affect me, and I’d rather have stained shirt pits than have aluminum absorbed into my skin. Consider yourself lovingly warned. xo!