If you are like most people, you probably hope to keep the pollution outside and keep your home as clean and pure for your loved ones as possible. Start by adding your drops of essential oil onto your cotton ball over the sink in the kitchen or bathroom and open a window. I have been looking for the best deodorant for women for many years... but unfortunately had only disappointments. Arrowroot powder dissolves more easily, makes a smoother product, and will result in a final product more the color of the beeswax. I do better with just coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch with some tea tree EO, even though it melts easily.
Should you want to make a larger batch, just note the ratio is 3 parts arrowroot to 1 part baking soda, and then coconut oil to consistency. Do a patch test on your skin, a drop or two of tea tree oil cut with a tablespoon of coconut oil, and see if you react. I've found that I have to add more oil to the batch as it ages to bring the consistency back where it spreads well. I keep a small bowl of plain, dry carb soda in my bathroom to use as deodorant, and applied with a scrunched nylon bath ball. My SIL bought me a jar of homemade deodorant
with the baking soda, coconut oil & cornstarch. The baking soda solution was completely liquid, so it usually ended up all over the place, leaving a white powdered mess behind once it dried.
I should also confess
that sometimes I don't make my own deodorant anymore since finding a pre-made option that uses the same ingredients and smells incredible ! I love Bubble and Bee deodorant as well, but I have been using their geranium and lime. The baking soda is for help with body odor and the corn starch/arrowroot is to thicken so that you can apply it like regular deodorant. I have also used pure coconut oil in a pinch but in the summer coconut oil tends to liquefy at room temperature. For those of you that prefer a deodorant with baking soda, I'll share my old recipe with you here. With just 5 tbsp coconut oil mine ended up still basically a powder — albeit a powder I could mash together. I like to mix mine with the coconut oil melted as I find the mixture to be more consistent that way. I also add a tablespoon of raw Shea butter to the coconut oil over a double boiler and add the other ingredients (tea tree EO, lavender EO) then pour into a small mason jar.
Many people quickly make a couple of straight swipes and go. The best method, whether using deodorant or antiperspirant, is to slow down and be sure to give the entire underarm area a uniform coat of product (for men, that means applying enough pressure to get through the hair that most guys have in their underarms).
Note: The first recipe below is the new more stable version with beeswax added, and the second recipe is the original. I can't be sure of course, but adding an essential oil like lavender, jasmine, or tea tree oil would be a good start for experimenting! The stick looks convenient, but you wouldn't be able to dampen the soda and get rid of the grit because of the oil. Single-ingredient products, such as coconut oil, Shea butter or various clays, are superb products. All I do is squeeze the juice out of a lemon, strain it, and put it in a spray bottle.