Dry skin is often a temporary or seasonal problem - one that you experience only in winter or summer, for example - but the problem may remain a lifelong concern. Also, go tell all of the naysayers who think you are weird, that your deodorant is better than their Right Guard, or whatever they use. Head to the deodorant aisle of any drugstore and you and your teen might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. If you did use more beeswax
than in the recipe, you can maybe try using Magnesium stearate which would give it slip". I am honestly pretty shocked at how good it is. I would even say I stink less than I do when I wear normal deodorant.
Everyone is worried about the breast cancer risk tentatively associated with deodorant use. Coconut oil melts at 76°, so if your home is pretty warm, you will need to refrigerate it to keep it solid. For years, I've combined coconut oil with arrow root, tea tree oil, and baking soda to make my own deodorant.
I've been using this type of home made deodorant
for about three years.Â At the start I developed itchy red bumps under my armpits, though didn't get the peeling you've described.Â After much experimenting I found that modifying the dry ingredients to 1 part baking soda to 3 parts arrowroot/cornstarch fixed the problem.
You'd have to come stick your nose under my arm to smell it. My boyfriend says, with a tone of disbelief, that I smell fine. In fact, all you need is one thing: Raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil. In addition to patchouli essential oil, you need a base oil that can be melted and transferred into a mold or container to solidify. I sometimes spray a concentrated version of my laundry soap on the armpits and let it soak before washing - that definitely seems to help. When I decided to switch to homemade deodorant, I still had several old store-bought deodorants. After much research, I discovered a brand called Primal Pit Paste The ingredients were super clean and the deodorant was produced in Tampa (AKA: a Florida deodorant!).
In a small (heat-resistant) mason jar, add your coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax; and set the jar in a shallow pan of simmering water (turned off). Traboulsee says the original recipe was simple: some coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils. You can reduce the baking soda and substitute cornstarch altogether with arrowroot.
You can make your own with arrowroot or tapioca powder scented with a few drops of an antimicrobial essential oil … myrrh is great. I just have to say that I started using coconut oil/baking soda/cornstarch deodorant in Jan, and I haven't looked back. This works best right out of the shower, but I've used this homemade deodorant mid-day without any problems, too. For desert dwellers like me or anyone who wants a bar that is not as pasty, try using raw kokum butter. I have spent hundreds of dollars over the years trying out every natural deodorant on the market that i could find. I decided to try my hand at making him some homemade deodorant for sensitive skin (aka pH balanced for a man). Baking soda and water actually worked pretty well, and most of the time wasn't even irritating to my skin! I like to start with that mix, and if you need more odor control, add more baking soda.
What distinguishes these clinical type deodorants from the average deodorant is that they are more expensive and usually contain Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly 20%. Another option is to rub coconut oil on your armpits (like lotion) and then dust baking soda on with a makeup brush- you can touch up during the day with the powder, which soaks up sweat and smells… an it travels well, too! I thought you should put bentonite clay in plastic or metal; only glass containers.
I double the recipe and I double the amount of baking soda when I make it and I store this in small sized mason style jars for easy application after I shower. This deodorant won't have the same antiperspirant properties that some deodorants have, but it will keep you smelling good all day with only minimal use.