I have just found a way to take natural deodorant from 'alternative' to luxurious, it's all in the way you view it people, deodorant can be special!
We have been using natural deodorants for about 3 years now, to avoid the chemicals and the aluminium found in the standard ones. And while some have been pretty decent, none so far have been completely up to the job which is pretty frustrating.
Why it never occurred to me to make it myself earlier I'm not sure, but I started about 3 months ago when I realised we nearly always had the ingredients to make a good deodorant right here in our kitchen cupboards!
This version I created is pretty similar to the many doing the rounds on the net right now (clearly we are not as crazy as many of our friends think!) and these are the quantities that worked out pretty good for me. So far I can happily say that it works better than any of the natural deodorants I have tried so far (yipee) and has the benefit from smelling and feeling absolutely rich and silky smooth and delicious on your skin.
I am a huge fan of the glamour and style of the 1920's and 30's, so wanted to capture this essence with my deodorant. Storing it in a super pretty glass jar embossed with cockle shells, reminiscent of the gorgeous 1920's glass beauty jars, has meant putting on deodorant now feels more like a decadent treat rather than part of a boring or necessary routine. Seriously, it is such a pleasure to use. You can scent this with whatever essential oils you like. For my hubby we went orange, tee tree and lavender, but for those glamorous natural spirits out there, I say choose amber, hyacinth, orange blossom and vanilla for a real 1920's scent. Every morning I am now whisked back to a time of silent movies, screen sirens and flapper dresses, and all this from putting on deodorant! That's gotta beat a quick blast form a spray can surely...?
Just one caution though - if it gets hot, and your deodorant melts, make sure you stir it before each use as the bicarb will fall to the bottom. We learnt this the hard way! After a really hot week of using the deodorant without stirring before use, the bicarb settled, and when we finally reached the bottom part of the jar, it was way too harsh (way too much bicarb to coconut ratio)- think sandpaper under your arms! The result was sore underarms. The easiest solution if you live somewhere warm is to keep it in the fridge!
Next batch I make I'm going to try adding some bentonite clay and reduce the bicarb so will post a follow up :)
5 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao butter
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp pure vitamin E (or contents of 2 capsules)-this is optional
15 drops of essential oil*
*To make the 1920's scent use 3 drops of amber, 3 of sweet orange, 3 of hyacinth or rose and 5 of vanilla.
For the lavender scent use 5 drops each of lavender, sweet orange and tea tree.