Homemade Deoderant from Coconut Oil, Corn Starch and Baking Soda

I suppose it's a bit backwards compared to some people, but when life is busy, my days are full and I have a lot going on, I choose something like making homemade soap or deodorant to give me some 'down' time or 'me' time.  Well, the past couple weeks have been a handful, so in turn, I have squeezed in a few creative craft times for myself to unwind.

This is a recipe that is all over the internet in two forms.  One does not use Beeswax Pellets and the second does.  I chose the one that does use a bit of beeswax in order to make the deodorant more stable in heat.  Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, I wanted a homemade deodorant that was stable in my luggage if we went on vacation or if the heat register near my bathroom cupboard raised the temperature inside the drawers, etc.  For whatever reason, I just felt better with this one, but you can decide whether or not you want the beeswax in yours.

To make this you will need a container to keep your deodorant in.  You can put it in a jar and scoop some out to rub on if you wish, or if you have an empty deodorant container, you can use it and it will 'roll up' as it's being used, just like regular deodorant does.  This recipe will make enough for 1 really large container or about 1 1/2 of the normal smaller sized.   I also sometimes add a fragrance oil to this but it doesn't need it and it's optional.

Homemade Deodorant

2 empty deodorant containers (or 1 but you'll have a little left over)
1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c cornstarch
8 drops tea tree oil (natural anti-bacterial oil)
5 T coconut oil (when you buy it, it's solid, like shortening)
2 T beeswax (I like white for this but you could use yellow)
1/4 t vitamin E oil (a preservative)

Melt the oil and beeswax in the microwave in a small bowl or container and stir until smooth.  Add to everything else in a small bowl and stir until smooth, blended and incorporated.  As it starts to cool, the coconut oil starts to make it thick.  You can pour it directly into your container or if you stir for a minute or two more, it gets to the consistency to scrape and push it into your container.  Tap the container on the counter during the filling process and after to get it completely to the bottom, and release air bubbles.  Then, refrigerate or let set in a dark, cool cupboard until it completely sets up.  When you use it, you gently glide it on your skin (don't push like you have to with regular deodorants) and you use less.  I like to apply it, lower my arms and rub them back and forth once or twice to ensure smooth application.

Empty Containers

Coconut Oil, beeswax, tea tree oil, vitamin E, cornstarch and baking soda

Adding the beeswax to the coconut oil

Beeswax is starting to melt but not quite clear yet

Mixing wet and dry

Mix everything together and it's ready

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