This Natural Deodorant Without Baking Soda is great for sensitive skin and is made from simple ingredients.
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Natural Deodorant has become somewhat of a conquest for me. I have set out numerous times in hopes of swapping out my store-bought usual brand only to return disappointed. The biggest issue was that they simply didn’t work or worse off, they would often irritate my skin. To a point, that one morning I awoke to bright red underarms that freaked me out.
I immediately stopped using that particular natural deodorant and went straight back to my normal brand. One that wasn’t nearly as healthy as I’d liked. I knew that baking soda was the culprit of my underarm irritation. It actually took several days before it wore off.
I began looking for brands that offered natural deodorants without the presence of baking soda. I didn’t want to take any chances of getting that underarm rash again. Surprisingly, it took a lot of label reading to find one without it. Thankfully I wound up finding a few that I could try.
Each of them I used seemed to work ok but was extremely pricey for what I was getting. I am not especially fond of memberships for things like deodorants and a few only offered them purchased this way.
It started me off on a trial and error of natural deodorant recipes that didn’t use baking soda. Most went straight into the trash after the first use, unfortunately. But after a long journey of trial and error, I finally landed upon a great option. This recipe for a natural deodorant that does not use any baking soda whatsoever and bonus, it is affordable to make.
Most importantly, the stuff worked for me and my daughter. I had to share it here in hopes that it too ends your search for an effective natural deodorant without baking soda.
What You Will Need To Make It
2 Tbsp of each:
6 drops of vitamin E oil
3 tsp of arrow root powder
double boiler or sauce pan/bowl
In a double boiler or a sauce pan with a bowl over, add the beeswax pellets, coconut oil, and cocoa butter to the bowl.
Heat until all contents are completely melted. You can opt to cover the bowl with a piece of foil to make the melting process quicker. But is optional.
Once they are all melted, remove them from heat. Add the three teaspoons of arrowroot powder and the 6 drops of vitamin e oil to the bowl.
Stir well to make sure all the ingredients are combined well. The solution will be a hazy yellow color when it is ready.
Use a funnel to pour the solution into the awaiting deodorant container or into a mason jar.
Allow the deodorant to sit at room temp until it sets.
The time for this varies based on room temperature but normally will set in about an hour and a half or so. The deodorant is ready once it completely sets.
Can I use shea butter instead of the cocoa butter for this recipe?
You certainly can. Another option is using mango butter which is not as commonly found but is another great option for this deodorant.
What is the arrow root powder for?
In this particular recipe, it has been added for its ability to absorb moisture. As you might realize it is used in place of baking soda and is a milder option.
Can I add essential oils to this?
Yes, with using the cocoa butter I don’t feel the need to add extra scent as the cocoa has a nice sweet scent to it. However, using essential oils is fine if you feel that you’d like a bit stronger scent. Below I will leave a couple of favorite blends I have tried in the past when wanting a scent in mine.
You can also get creative and put blends together for a smell you like most. When adding essential oils I try to aim for about 15 drops per stick of deodorant I make.
Essential Oil Blends To Try
5 drops of the following:
lemon essential oil
sweet orange essential oil
grapefruit essential oil
5 drops Jasmin essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops rose essential oil
Tips For Switching
Switching to a natural anything comes with its disadvantages at first. If you are switching from a store-bought, aluminum-mixed deodorant. You will have some adjusting to do. There are tips out there for detoxing your underarm area however, I think just giving the deodorant some time to acclimate with your body is enough. It may take a few weeks for this to happen.
So be forewarned, switching up your deodorant might mean you will need to reapply it or have a few less-than-fresh days while your body adjusts. Remember your reason behind making the switch. You will be using something far healthier for you and making the effort is worth it in the end.
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- 2 tbsp of each:
- Beeswax pellets
- Cocoa butter
- Coconut oil
- 6 drops of vitamin E oil
- 3 tsp of arrow root powder
- Using a double boiler or a sauce pan and bowl. Add the beeswax pellets, coconut oil and cocoa butter to the bowl.
- Heat until all contents are completely melted.
- You can opt to cover the bowl with a piece of foil to make the melting process quicker. But is totally optional.
- Once they are all melted, remove from heat.
- Add the three teaspoons of arrow root powder and the 6 drops of vitamin e oil to the bowl.
- Stir well to make sure all the ingredients are combined well.
- The solution will be a hazy yellow color when it is ready.
- Use a funnel to pour the solution into the awaiting deodorant container or into a mason jar.
- Allow the deodorant to sit at room temp until it sets.
- The time for this varies based on room temperature but normally will set in about an hour and a half or so. The deodorant is ready once it completely sets.