Each week my school features different themes, where students learn about various topics regarding that theme. Women’s Health Week was a few weeks ago – and one of the events was a natural beauty product making workshop. Not one to miss out on events like this, I quickly signed up and anxiously waited for this day to arrive.
I was really happy to discover that we’d be learning how to make a sugar scrub (which I think I’ve mastered), lip balm, and deodorant. I’ll be honest – I was definitely most excited to make a deodorant. My friends have mentioned that finding a good recipe/product is difficult, so I was looking for a recipe that was tried, tested, and true. I wanted to make the switch from an antiperspirant to natural deodorant because I wanted to gradually decrease the amount of chemicals absorbed by my skin (the underarms absorb a lot!) and lessen my toxic burden.
I’ve been wearing this deodorant for a couple of weeks now, and although it has taken some getting used to, it’s done a great job as a deodorizer (it does not prevent your underarms from sweating).
Ingredients (for 1 small mason jar, about 1/2 cup)
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 5 drops of tea tree essential oil (anti-microbial properties)
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil (because it smells nice)
- Melt the coconut oil, pour into mason jar
- Stir arrowroot powder and baking soda into the coconut oil
- Add essential oils, and mix well
Note: You can add whichever essential oils you’d like – based on the smell, or botanical actions that you desire.