Homemade Deodorant – First Attempt

Deodorant options

As part of my plan to reduce the chemical assault on my body, I’m starting with anti-perspirant.

I normally use Sure, which has a terrifying 35 items on its ingredients list, but since ttc I’ve been wary of using it.

I also have a Biosen stick, which I bought because it’s aluminum-free, but on closer inspection it still contains 26 ingredients, one of which is Triclosan. Triclosan has been in the media recently  – it’s an antibactieral agent that has been found to impair heart and muscle strength significantly in animals. Nice.

And I also have a Pit Rok spray, which I thought was pretty natural and full of things that wouldn’t harm you. It contains a more moderate 10 ingredients, but this still includes sodium benzoate and 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, which (as you just imagine with a name like that) is a controversial ingredient suspected of releasing formaldehyde and causing liver toxicity.

Great!

So what’s a girl to do??

I’m going to make my own!

After a bit of research, I found a very simple recipe over at wellness mama.

I gathered together my ingredients:

Natural deodorant

And melted them in a pyrex jug stood in a saucepan of very hot water.

Then after lots of stirring I poured the lot into a ramekin (I must acquire some better glass containers for future experiments) and popped it in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

I didn’t make too much, so my actual quantities were:

2 teaspoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of shea butter
10 drops each of tea tree and geranium rose

Here’s the finished product:

home made deodorant

I have to say I’m not too sure about the smell. I think it might be better without the geranium rose. Or the tea tree. Or both.

And I’m not too sure how I’m going to use it. I think it might have been better in a mould of some sort, so I could use it like a stick.

However, this is all new to me and you have to learn as you go, so I’ll post an update after I’ve used it for a while.

And boy it feels good to chuck the other stuff in the bin 🙂

2 thoughts on “Homemade Deodorant – First Attempt”

    • I’m still on day 1, but I’m going to post a detailed update in four weeks. I might need to modify the recipe – not too sure about the smell, lol!

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