I smell really good today.
And that’s a relief, because through pregnancy, and now nursing, my hormones have been all over the place– making my body odor more, um, pungent than it used to be. I feel like I’m reapplying deodorant all the time!
I stopped using antiperspirants a long time ago, but I’ll admit that it’s been a struggle to find a non-toxic deodorant that really works. My favorite store-bought brands to date have been Schmidt’s and Primal Pits, but they can be a little pricey compared to the mainstream varieties. That’s why I’m so grateful to have found this easy recipe for making deodorant at home, using only all-natural ingredients. If you’ve tried making my homemade lotion before, you probably already have the ingredients you need on hand!
This particular recipe comes from Sophie Uliano’s new book, Gorgeous for Good. I love this book because Sophie includes plenty of well-researched, myth-busting information about commercial and natural beauty products, along with simple guidelines for buying the best skincare products, and money-saving recipes you can make at home, too. In this book she’s laid out a detailed 30-day plan, with step-by-step beauty, nutrition, movement, and self-care exercises to do each day. It’s an easy, doable way to jump-start your routine, no matter how busy you are!
Thanks to Sophie, for allowing me to share this recipe from her book with you all. If you’ve already purchased Sophie’s book, be sure to take advantage of the bonus cooking video series she’s created, too!
Easy Homemade Deodorant
Makes 3-4 ounces
Reprinted with permission from Gorgeous for Good
Place the coconut oil and the shea butter in a double boiler over low heat and stir until it has all melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the baking soda and the arrowroot powder. Stir in the essential oil and then pour into the jar.
At room temperature, the deodorant will be soft; if you want it to be more solid, store it in the fridge. Store in a cool, dark spot and use within six months.
Note: Feel free to use any other favorite essential oils you like to create your own unique scent. I accidentally added an extra 2 tablespoons of arrowroot to the mix (got distracted by my toddler) and my deodorant still turned out great, so this recipe is also pretty forgiving!
Hope you love this deodorant as much as I do!
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