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Finally! A homemade deodorant recipe that works (at least for me). This rosemary lemongrass deodorant recipe was inspired by one of my favorite, non-toxic deodorants from Bubble and Bee. I gave up commercial deodorants a long time ago, since I knew they were filled with all sorts of toxic ingredients. I have tried pretty much every non-toxic deodorant out there, plus several DIY recipes and have never really found anything quite right.
Then, I discovered the lemongrass rosemary deodorant from Bubble and Bee. You can read the review I did of their deodorants here. I've been using that specific deodorant for the last year or so and love it! Well, eventually, my stick ran out. 🙁 I am trying to maintain a budget, so spending $13.00 on a stick of deodorant (even if it will last me for a year) was just not going to cut it. I knew I had to make my own. Nothing against Bubble and Bee. I love their products and I appreciate their non-toxic mission. If you're not a DIY-type person, then I strongly encourage you to check out their stuff! Sadly, I just noticed that they no longer sell their lemongrass and rosemary variety, so I guess I was destined to make my own regardless!
When I read the ingredients on my now empty tube of deodorant, I realized there was nothing complicated about their recipe. AND, even better, I had everything I needed on hand already, so I didn't have to spend any money! Cha-ching! After some trial and error with proportions, I finally got the recipe just right and have been happily using my knock off deodorant ever since!
The bentonite clay helps with moisture and odor control, as does the baking soda. If you are sensitive to baking soda, I believe arrowroot or corn starch would work just fine, though I have not tried that.
I personally love the lemongrass and rosemary combination, but if you're not a fan of those scents, you can substitute your favorite essential oils. Eucalyptus and tea tree are great for deodorants, as is lavender. But, really, you can use whatever you'd like.
This makes enough to fill one stick perfectly — if you need more the recipe is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled, or more!
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Homemade Deodorant Recipe with Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Coconut Oil
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- 2 tbsp. beeswax granules (I get my waxes from Mountain Rose Herbs)
- 1¼ tbsp. shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. (I get my butters from Mountain Rose Herbs)
- 1¼ tbsp. coconut oil
- ½ tbsp. bentonite clay (I get my cosmetic clays from Mountain Rose Herbs)
- ½ tbsp. baking soda or arrowroot
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil (this is the brand I recommend)
- 6 drops rosemary essential oil (this is the brand I recommend)
1. In a double boiler, or a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter until melted completely and mixed well.
2. Remove mixture from heat and pour liquid into a glass or plastic container. Whisk in the baking soda (or arrowroot) and bentonite clay until well combined. Note: You want to make sure the bentonite clay does not touch any metal, as it can negatively react with the metal.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes and then stir in your essential oils.
4. Take an old (clean) deodorant stick and make sure the plunger thing is twisted all the way down. Carefully pour your warm mixture into the container.
5. Let sit with the cap off until it has cooled completely. Then, use as normal.
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Since I am a fanatic about keeping my skin and body care non-toxic, I get a lot of questions about what my routine is and what products I use. I created this video to discuss all of that and more. The video below that features a lot of the hair care products that I use, including henna and my favorite clean shampoo.