If you have the cooking skills of a hot day, you can make your own deodorant.
The hardest part was all the time spent trying to figure out what some of the ingredients were, and where on earth to find them.
The recipe and instructions and benefits of making your own deodorant can be found here.
And, though it took some looking, I was able to find all the ingredients without having to buy them online. Bonus. Lots of them I already had, either because of soap-making, or because they are pretty normal kitchen type things to have.
Here's the quick list of ingredients, and where I found them:
2 TBSP Arrowroot Powder (found this at Health Hut....apparently it is a sort of starch that you use to thicken fruit sauces...or you could make cookies with it. Glad to know I have options if the deodorant doesn't work out).
2 TBSP Baking Soda (already had)
2.5 TBSP Coconut Oil (already had for soap...you can find this almost any place that sells groceries, next to the other cooking oils and shortenings).
1 Heaping TBSP Beeswax (preferably pellets, for ease of measuring and melting, the recipe says. This was the hardest one to find...had to make some calls, but finally found it at Pat Catans).
8 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (this and all other essential oils I got at Health Hut).
8 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
2 Drops of Castor Oil (also already had this for soap-making...you can find it in the pharmacy section of most stores...or at an actual pharmacy. It is a laxative for its day job).
8-10 Drops of any other essential oil for scent.
Anyway, as I type this, it is sitting for a couple hours (or, really, overnight). I have no idea if it will work or not, but am willing to try it. I may smell earthy from here on out, people.
Here are some pictures of the making of the deodorant.
|All of the ingreds before adding heat and stirring.|
|Stirring. I was afraid that it didn't have enough liquid.|
|But given some time, nearly everything melted. The beeswax pellets took the longest.|
|At the sudden time it reached the temperature where beeswax melts, everything looked like this.|
|Dumped it into a recently washed out deodorant container. I was worried about what to do in the event that it overflowed, but it turns out that it didn't even fill it up.|
|About 3/4 full. After it hardens up a bit (which it probably already has), I can twist the bottom and smooth out the top.|
Trying it tomorrow! There are no other options in the apartment for me, so hopefully it doesn't suck (though apparently it takes the body a little bit of time to adjust to the lack of chemicals that you are putting on it). We shall see!