I started out making my own deodorant spray with essential oils and FCO (fractionated coconut oil), and I thought this was the coolest thing. It felt great, kept me from stinking and smelled lovely. I loved it. But eventually, I started to notice how it kind of stained my clothes a bit–not from the essential oils, but the coconut oil. Not cool at all. Plus, to be honest, as much as I liked the spray, I was used to a stick deodorant, and I liked that feeling better. So I researched how to make paste deodorant, and here is what I came up with. Let me tell you first hand that it is ridiculously inexpensive to make (just like the DIY dishwashing cubes) and I love, love, love how it feels. Keeps me from stinking (and if you know how much I work out, that is a definite important factor!), and I think it feels like silk–perfect! I think I am in love.
DIY Deodorant Paste
You will need baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, coconut oil and essential oils, that’s it!
Here are the quantities I used for a small jar of deodorant paste:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
5-6 Tablespoons coconut oil
Pure CPTG doTerra Essential oils: Frankincense for sure (you want some of that next to your lymph nodes!), Lavender for the skin and fragrance and Melaleuca to keep everything clean.
I mixed the first three ingredients in a bowl until I had a smooth paste.
Next, I mixed in 5 drops of each of the three essential oils. Lastly, I transferred the paste to a glass container with a lid.
How simple is that?
Here are a few observations:
- coconut oil changes texture when the temperature is above 76 degrees, so sometimes your paste might be softer and more liquid. I don’t mind at all. If you do, store in a cool dark place, or even your refrigerator. res above 76 degrees**. Store in a cool dark place and it should be ok. Or, you can store in the fridge for a nice cool cream.
- Just put some on your fingers and rub it in.
- You could experiment with different essential oils. Some people use Lemongrass against odor, and Lime to wake you up in the morning. I myself am very happy with my combination of lavender, melaleuca and frankincense.
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