Homemade Deodorant

Sunny is my youngest daughter.  She is snuggly and lovely and hilarious.  Not long after she was born, I realized that she had brought a much less welcome gift along with her.  The gift of stink.  That’s right, postpartum Hanna smelt funny.  I used Secret for years and it always worked just fine all day long.  Suddenly it was only working for an hour or two.  So embarrassing!  I tried a few other brands, including natural ones, but nothing worked.  Sad, sad times.

I did some research, trying to figure out if this was a normal postpartum thing (it is), if it was temporary (sometimes) and what brand I could count on working.  Eventually my research led me to Angry Chicken’s homemade deodorant.  Homemade deodorant?  Well, why not try, it’s not as if the store bought stuff was doing me any good.  I read all the comments and made a couple adjustments to the recipe.  For example, I use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch.  I’m not wild about rubbing GMO’s under my armpits every day!

This recipe made a 1/2 cup and that lasted me nearly a year.  It hardens fairly solid, depending on the temperature, so I just scrape a little out with the back of my finger nail and it melts against my skin.

You really should try it, it works so much better than store bought deodorant, and is aluminum and chemical free!

Homemade Deodorant
adapted from Angry Chicken

3 tablespoons Shea Butter
3 tablespoons Baking Soda (for the stink)
2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder (absorbs some moisture, but this isn’t an antiperspirant)
2 tablespoons Cocoa Butter
2 gel caps, or a dropper full of Vitamin E (nice for your skin)
a few drops Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial)

Optional – you can add a few drops of another essential oil for fragrance.

Melt everything but the oils in the microwave (or a double boiler on the stove).  It took me about a minute.  Give it a good stir and add in the oils.  Stir again and pour into your jar of choice (I use a 1/2 cup canning jar).  Stir once or twice as it hardens to keep it from separating.

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