I am about to enter into my third year of blogging. Which is INSANE. I cannot believe it. This can only mean one thing. It's time for another deodorant update.
I've consistently had a deodorant update around this time each year. (which I think is pretty humorous.) I am still perfectly happy with my last recipe, but if you're really active it can be too light.
I work a desk job and my idea of exercising is a brisk walk with my dog and a 10-minute sleepy-time yoga routine. I am not very active on a day to day basis. I don't enjoy sweating. If I just described your life, my last deodorant recipe might be *perfect* for you. (However, I am super enjoying the ease of this recipe, so maybe try this one too.)
I have recently tried very hard to be a little more active. I am personally of the mindset eat really, really well and exercise less. But, alas, I am getting older and softer. Not larger, I just don't have quite the definition I did in my youth. I miss you effortless 6-pack.
I am trying to whip myself into shape, so I look like a super model in my wedding dress - ya feel?
I know this is slightly off topic, but I seriously HATE exercising. Every. Single. Facet of it. I hate changing clothes for only 30 minutes. I hate constantly showering and washing my hair. I hate how much more laundry I have to do.
It adds SO much extra work to my already packed schedule. All I have to say is thank God for dry shampoo and this exercise-friendly deodorant.
what I LOVE about this recipe:
- I love how easily it glides on, very similar to store bought deodorant
- Without all of the nasty additives in store-bought deodorant. You can read about the additives here and why it's important I avoid them here.
- Has a super silky finish - hello, luxury.
- It's super convenient, takes no more time to apply than conventional
- I don't have to try and dig it out of a jar, apply with my hands, and then wash my hands. (Just takes way too much time for me in the morning)
- It doesn't leave oil stains in the pits of your clothes like some recipes with coconut oil
- It works really, really well! (obviously, this was a non-negotiable)
This deodorant finishes so silky smooth and absorbs quickly into the skin. Because no one wants goopy armpits. It's not an oil based recipe rather a butter based recipe so it's very nourishing to the skin as well.
I feel so fortunate because I can easily get these ingredients package free. I know this may not be the same for everyone. There is a local shop in town that makes their own butters, soaps, bath salts, etc. They make a whole bunch of awesome beauty products.
I stopped into their store and asked if I could get some cocoa butter and shea butter to go in my own container. They happily agreed!
If you have any artisans in your town, call them and ask if you can buy some of their ingredients from them in bulk. They will typically order massive quantities which will cut down on packaging waste similar to a bulk store, and you'll be supporting a local small business.
It's worth a shot!
diy prescription strength deodorant:
- 3 Tablespoons of Shae Butter (Bought in bulk from local shop)
- 2 Tablespoons of Grated Cocoa Butter (Bought in bulk from local shop)
- 3 Tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder (Bought in bulk from Rainbow)
- 2 Tablespoon of Baking Soda (Bought in bulk from Berkeley Bowl)
- 2-3 Teaspoons of Vitamin E Oil (Bought in a package from Whole Foods)
Melt the grated cocoa butter using a double broiler. Once the cocoa butter has liquefied add the shea butter. When the shea butter has liquefied, pull it off the heat. Add in the baking soda and the arrowroot. Stir well to combine making sure there are no lumps. Add in the vitamin E oil.
Pour into an old cleaned out deodorant container or jar if you like, and let it set up in the fridge or freezer for an hour. Then it's ready to apply!
You could let it set up overnight on the counter as well, I'm just anxious/impatient. I store it in the bathroom cabinet. No need to keep in the fridge since it's shelf stable!
Next year, it looks like I'll be working on a baking soda free deodorant for sensitive skin. I've got to keep my tradition going! Are there any other skin care recipes you'd like to see on the blog, deodorant or not?
AS A NOTE : If this is your first time switching to an all natural deodorant please make sure you detox. You can read more about detoxing in my last deodorant post.