My New Homemade Deodorant with Lavender & Cocoa Butter
24 Fri, 2011 § 5 Comments
Have you made your own deodorant yet? I am still loving mine…except…occasionally, my under arms became mildly irritated & (unattractively) red, especially when heavy perspiration hits.
I researched & discovered baking soda is a common irritant for many people. Ashley said she initially experienced irritation, but eventually it went away. After a full batch, I still get it from time to time — strange it only happens sometimes. For my second batch, I could have reduced the amount of baking soda, but I decided to leave it out all together. I did not adjust any of the other ratios but simply left it out — no more rashes! I put it to the test in Bikram & climbing over the weekend & pushing high intensity intervals this week: no irritation at all, no odor. It might even smell better this time around…
I like the coconut scent & how the oil feels on my skin. When I’m cooking with it (plain coconut oil, not the deodorant), I don’t even bother rinsing or wiping it (completely) off if it gets on my hands; I just rub it in & let it soften my skin.
I added another skin-nourishing ingredient to this mix of deodorant: remember the cacao butter (also known as cocoa butter) I ordered for making raw chocolate? I added a little for its healing effects on the skin. It adds a nice cocoa scent & feels nourishing.
Also, filling an old deodorant crank container doesn’t work; I think the homemade deodorant is too soft with the coconut oil. If it worked for you, please share; but ours wouldn’t rise & lower after the first time. I filled an old body butter jar with the deodorant & apply it by hand. This works much better.
Milky with an espresso-like finish from the cacao, this looks & smells so good.
Coconut Oil Deodorant with Lavender & Cocoa Butter
perfectly fills a 6.7 oz container
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 4 vitamin E capsules
- ~20 drops lavender oil
- ~5 drops tea tree oil
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 1 oz cacao/cocoa butter, shaved & melted
Shave & melt cacao butter using a double broiler, or in the oven on a low setting, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, combine & stir coconut oil, vitamin E (squeezed from capsules) & essential oils together. Add arrowroot powder & stir until evenly combined & smooth. Add the melted cacao butter & stir again. Pour into a 6.7 oz jar or container with a wide mouth. Refrigerate to harden.
Due to the heat of summer, we keep ours in the fridge & remove it for a few minutes to soften before applying.
Have you made your own deodorant yet? How did it turn out?