Beeswax works as a great addition to homemade beauty products. Not only is it natural, and slightly microbial, it acts as a consistency stabilizer in moisturizing products like lotion bars, lip balm and in this case, homemade deodorant.
Why make your own deodorant?
Chemical free deodorant is especially important for women. The lymph nodes in your arm pits help eliminate toxins in the breast tissue. Many ingredients in store bought deodorants contain chemicals that mimic hormones and might be linked to breast cancer. Because of this, I try to let my arm pits carry out their elimination function as naturally as possible, without lathering on store bought antiperspirants everyday. In fact, if I’m being honest here, I only use deodorant if I’m going out in public. I’ve found that with time, I’ve weaned myself from having to use deodorant everyday, and I promise I don’t smell!
Another benefits of using homemade deodorant is that I no longer get discoloration under my armpits. I also get less ingrown hairs.
There are a ton of homemade deodorant recipes on the internet, all containing similar ingredients. The most common items are:
Beeswax: to help harden the deodorant and a skin protectant
Coconut oil: which acts as a moisturizer and stabilizes the product, but melts against the skin
A moisturizing oil like avocado oil or Shea butter
Cornstarch or arrowroot for antiperspirant property
Baking soda for deodorizing
And essential oils for both function and scent
Melt the solid ingredients in a pot on low or in a double boiler and stir in the rest of the ingredients off heat. Pour into an old, empty deodorant tube, or use in a dish and apply with your fingers like a balm.
I’ve found that equal portions of Beeswax, Coconut oil and cornstarch make for a good base. The addition of moisturizing oils is experimental. If the oil is solid at room temperature, try using a half portion. If the oil is liquid, try using a sixteenth.
I’ve tried several recipes online and always end up tweaking the formula. Most tend to be a little too lotion-y for my taste so I add more beeswax.
My skin also loves Avocado oil so I experimented and found a way to incorporate that into the mix. I’ve found that the addition of tea tree oil helps with odor causing bacteria and seems to stop ingrown hairs from being a problem.
It’s important to have a good understanding as to what natural products work well with your skin, the rest is the fun of mixing and trying different things.
For specific recipes try:
Hurry, entry ends 31 January 2015.