Mix everything together in a bowl. Store in dark amber or blue glass jars (like the ones below) .
To Use: simply take a dime size amount and smear onto each pit.
Makes two (2) 8-ounce jars.
This is my go-to deodorant recipe. It's natural, cheap and effective :)
It's simple and easy to make and uses just a few ingredients from your pantry. Add in some essential oils (EOs) to help fight bacteria and done! --- More on that below.
The not-so-secret ingredient in this recipe is the baking soda. It's really what helps with body odor and keeps you dry. Some recipes call for just baking soda, but if you have sensitive pits (like I do), using arrowroot starch with baking soda is a much gentler alternative. I have tried using only arrowroot starch, but found it left me feeling less than fresh. Feel free to try using only arrowroot powder and see if it works for you (just replace the baking soda with arrowroot in the recipe).
Glycerin is a known humectant, and you want to add this to help soften the baking soda's abrasive nature. Also, you'll want to be wary of the amount of EOs and the types you are using. Some can be antibacterial (like thyme) and some nice-smelling (like clove) but they may leave you with burning pits- not so good :((
There are many different EO recipe blends you can find online.
I always include a few EOs that have antibacterial properties for body odor and then add a few EOs for their scent.
Some antibacterial EOs are Rosemary, Sage, and Juniper. Eucalyptus, Pine and Tea Tree are also antibacterial, but some find them strong and "outdoorsy." Ones that smell nice and are also antibacterial are citrus ones such as Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime; Mints like Wintergreen, Spearmint and Peppermint; and Lavender.
Here are a few combinations you can try:
Clean: 10-20 drops each Lemon, Lavender & Rosemary
Fresh: 10-20 drops each Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint
Outdoorsy: 10-20 drops each Wintergreen, Cypress & Fir Balsam
Bacteria Away!: 5-10 drops each Lemongrass, Lemon, Thyme, Tea Tree, Rosemary & Eucalyptus
Do have fun experimenting with the amount of drops you use or using top, middle and lower notes to layer scents, as aromatherapists do :)
Final tidbit: inspiration for the name of this recipe:
While this deodorant probably won't excite any passion, it certainly won't get in the way of any (what with you smelling so nice and all)!
(Waving) Happy clean armpit trails!
As always, Enjoy :)