Along with my crazy shampoo adventure, I've also been wanting to try making my deodorant for quite some time now. I've researched a bunch of different recipes and finally decided to try this one from Brittany at The Healthy Chickadee because it incorporated one of the essential oils I got in my starter kit, plus it looked super easy. Below are the ingredients, the cost breakdown, and my thoughts!
1/8 C baking soda: $0.05 ($0.79/16oz)
1/4 C arrowroot starch (found in the gluten free aisle): $0.62 ($4.99/16oz)
5 drops of Purification essential oil: $0.40 ($24.67/15ml)
TOTAL: $1.63 for enough to fill one empty deodorant container
I love love LOVEEEEEE this deodorant! Like, truly. I've used antiperspirant for forever, but wanted to switch to an aluminum-free deodorant, so I have been using Toms for a couple of months. It was the only one I could find on the shelf that didn't have aluminum, but after using it for a while it just does not work well with my body chemistry. It was sticky and didn't help with odor, and some days I would have to change shirts a couple times because of the stink. (Sorry if that's too much information, just being honest.) I honestly love this new recipe, and I've put it through the ringer the last several days with hard work outside, sun bathing (hallelujah!), and a few situations where my nerves were high and I was extra sweaty. Every single time I've smelled fresh as a daisy and that has been so nice!
You can read more about Purification either via the Healthy Chickadee recipe, or on Young Living's site, but basically it's a blend of citronella, lemongrass, rosemary cineol, melaleuca, lavandin, and myrtle. It has powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, anti fungal, and sanitizing properties and is used for purifying and cleansing bacteria. I wasn't sure how I would feel about the smell (since some oil blends smell very health food store-ish), but this one I really liked, and when combined with the coconut oil it smells very fresh and clean. Like the original recipe states, if you have super sensitive skin, you could use lavender essential oil instead.
One small drawback about this deodorant is since it has coconut oil, it will get soft when it touches your warm skin. I have it in a deodorant stick now, but I actually use my fingertips to apply it because it gets soft in the stick when I put it on. Not a huge deal, especially since I love it so much, but it might just be easier to keep it in a mason jar and take a little out each day to use.
Hoorayyyy!!! So glad this one was a success!! I will definitely be making and using this from now on. So simple and it works super well for me. Let me know if you try it and what your feelings are on it!