I know what you're thinking. Seriously I do. You're thinking, "This is never going to work for me. I'm going to smell like a hippie because I've tried every 'natural' deodorant out there and they never work." Trust me. I felt the same way, even as I was making this recipe. BUT as I tested it out for a week (that is the reason I waited until today to share this recipe) I wanted to be 100% sure that it was working. I tested it while wearing a t-shirt at the gym, ensuring that I was sweating for a long period of time. I even made my hubby wear it to hockey practice and during his games as well - I got a thumbs up, so I swear it works! I'll admit that I had to adjust it once, adding a bit more Shea and Cocoa butter so that it would spread easier and it worked!
Give yourself an adjustment period of about 2 weeks if you have been wearing deodorant for a long period of time (I didn't need this amount of time at all, but everyone is different). This allows the glands and tissue in your armpits to naturally pull out the chemicals toxins.The Wellness Mama suggests also doing an armpit detox, which uses bentonite clay to aid in the chemical removal process. She also has a great list of the chemicals and additives and their harmful effects on our body. I've copied it below:
Aluminum – some evidence links aluminum to cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
Phthalates – Endocrine disruptors often also found in plastic that can cause hormone imbalance and even infertility (especially in med)
Propylene glycol – common name: antifreeze. It is a hotly debated additive in personal care products but the Environmental Working Group reports that it carries a moderate risk of immunotoxicity and allergies.
Formaldehyde - a known carcinogen… guess it kills the germs though.
Parabens - Another hormone disruptor and parabens have been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer
Antibacterial Substances - they are endocrine disruptors and can negatively affect the immune system
Since the 1940's, when deodorant was first developed, breast cancer has been on a steady incline. There are several studies suggesting a probability between deodorant use and breast cancer but there is more evidence that points a dirty finger at antiperspirants being the bigger culprit. For more on this topic, I encourage you to read this article.
4 Tbsp beeswax pellets
4 Tbsp Cocoa butter
4 Tbsp Shea butter
5 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tbsp arrow root powder (this is optional as it is thickens the deodorant - if you don't have arrowroot you can use cornstarch as well)
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil (I suggest using at least 5 drops, even if you dislike the smell. This oil really helps deodorize and kills bacterial naturally)
5 drops bergamot and sandalwood essential oil (for men)
or 5 drops lemon and tangerine essential oil (for women)
Melt the wax and the butters on a double-boiler or in a bowl on top of a saucepan filled with water. Once melted remove from heat and add the baking soda, arrow root powder and essential oils.
You have the choice to put this mixture in a small jar and rub on your armpits with your fingers or you could purchase empty deodorant tubes on amazon, or simply remove the deodorant from your old container (clean it well with soapy water).
To do this: I wound the deodorant stick to the top, removed the smooth plastic part (cleaned it as well) and stuck that piece in the bowl with the butter mixture.
Put the mixture in the fridge to harden for 5 min.
Remove the plastic piece and attach it back to the deodorant container and wind back down to the bottom.
Melt the mixture again, 5 min.
Fill the container by the spoonful of melted mixture (best that its not piping hot as to not to burn your skin).
Put deodorant in the fridge to harden completely.
Clean up with a paper towel by rubbing off all of the wax from the bowl and spoon before cleaning in the sink.
*If you don't like the consistency of the deodorant, try making it creamier by adding more of either of the butters. It is fine to gently melt the mixture and adjust again.
*Make sure you rub on enough of the deodorant on to your armpits or else you might have to re-apply throughout the day. If I put enough on the morning, then I was fine all day.
*If you find you are having a reaction,cut back on the amount of baking soda. If this doesn't clear up after a week, try cutting back or cutting out the essential oils and subbing in different ones.