Yes, the time has finally come for me to write my DIY His and Hers Deodorant post! I’ve had this one up my sleeve for just about forever! So why have I waited so long? Well, I feel like EVERYONE and their brother’s mother’s aunt has a deodorant post, so at the risk of being redundant, I’ve held off. But I’ve been using this recipe for a while now, and it has become my favorite. I’ve tried a few variations, but this particular ratio of ingredients seems to work the best for the hot hubby and I, in both moisture control and funk factor. And the best part is, the “hers” smells lovely, feminine and floral. And the “his” smells all kinds of rugged and makes my already hot hubby smell as if he’s just come in from doing something incredibly manly like chopping firewood or something….but in a good way…not in a I-smell-funky kind of way.
Okay, so why make your own deodorant? Well there are a few reasons. First of all, I have to state what is obvious to many of us as we as consumers become increasingly aware of hazardous chemicals in our personal care products. Yet, others are still completely in the dark about this issue, and believe me when I say it IS an issue…a big issue.
Deodorants and antiperspirants are some of the worst offenders among personal care products. Let’s take a look at Dove Original Clean Deodorant, because that’s the kind that I used to love! Again, as I found when I researched and wrote my DIY Febreze Spray post, going directly to the source- that is, the actual website for the product I was researching- in this case, Dove deodorant, yields little to know information regarding the actual ingredients of the product! How frustrating is that? So again, I turn to the Environmental Working Group. I can see why they don’t list the ingredients on the website.
Fragrance: I’ve discussed the term “fragrance” in posts before, but for a little review, let’s talk about what “fragrance” means. Fragrance is really a generic term that just means a crapton of chemicals. Manufacturers can use any combination of literally HUNDREDS of chemicals, and simply use the term “fragrance” on their ingredients list. Therefore, you really have NO CLUE what you’re putting on your skin. And remember, approximately 60% of what you put on your skin is directly absorbed into your bloodstream! Furthermore, many of these chemicals that are included under the term “fragrance” are made from petroleum byproducts. Why is that bad? Let’s get cellular.… Well, when you slather petroleum byproducts all over your skin, which are subsequently absorbed into your bloodstream and circulated throughout your body, they put a waxy coating on your cell membranes. This makes it difficult for oxygen and nutrients to get inside your cells, and for waste to get out of your cells. BAD NEWS BEARS! Needless to say (or maybe not), I avoid products with the term “fragrance”.
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): What is BHT? It’s a defoaming agent that is usually used as a preservative in food to keep fats from going rancid. However, in the case of deodorant it is commonly used to preserve the color and odor.
Okay….so those are just a few of the ingredients in this deodorant, and I would be willing to bet that if you checked out the ingredients in your commercial deodorant, you would find a similar list.
But don’t freak out!
I have a great recipe for homemade deodorant that’s really simple to make, and I’m going to share that with you today! It’s completely non-toxic and safe! And because I know that you don’t have time to make it every 2-4 weeks or however long it takes you to go through a tube of deodorant, this recipe makes 4 tubes! I’ve also added in different scent options for his and hers variations.
What do you need?
* Before we get to the list, I want to say that these ingredients are products that I use in a number of personal care products. So don’t look at the list and think “well I don’t want to buy all of that”, because as you transition away from toxic store-bought stuff and find yourself making your own products, you’ll use these products for many different things including lotions, lip balms, etc. On with the list…
- 4 empty deodorant containers (get those here)
- 4 tbsp beeswax pastilles (get those here)
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp shea butter
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional, but it reduces the irritation factor from the baking soda)
- 2 tbsp aluminum free baking soda (get that here)
- 4 tbsp arrowroot powder (get that here)
- 2 tbsp bentonite clay (also optional, however it seriously helps wick away moisture)
- 20 drops essential oil of your choice
Let’s talk a bit about the essential oils. The point in making your own personal care products is to make sure that you’re replacing toxic options with safe and health-promoting non-toxic options. So quality is uber important. Make sure that you’re using 100% pure, unadulterated essential oils that are not grown with pesticides and other agrichemicals. Think about it: essential oils are VERY concentrated plant matter. So if you’re concentrating the plant, then you’re concentrating whatever the plant was grown in, including pesticides, herbicides, etc. That’s why I use Young Living essential oils exclusively. I trust the quality and I highly recommend them.
To learn how to get quality essential oils at a 24% discount, check out my essential oils page HERE.
What I love about making my own personal care products, is that I can totally customize the scent! So I really love the combo of orange and ylang ylang. I think it’s feminine and lovely! Keeps me smelling fresh and clean 🙂 For my hubby, I like a more manly scent, so I used Idaho Blue Spruce! In both I used tea tree (melaleuca), because it’s wonderful for fighting odor and funk! Whatever you do, for this recipe you’ll need about 20-30 drops total. Use more if you like it extra smelly. Use less if you like it a bit lighter.
- Set up a double boiler. To do this, all you do is get a small saucepan and put about an inch of water in it. Place a glass bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Put the saucepan on the stove top and turn the heat to medium, or until the water is simmering, but not boiling. Here is my set-up:
- Add the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil to the bowl and stir it with a spatula or spoon until the ingredients have melted together.
- When the ingredients have melted, turn the heat off.
- Remove the bowl from the pot and stir in the vitamin E oil, arrowroot, bentonite clay and baking soda. *Note- this recipe is light on the baking soda because I’ve found that if I use much more than this it irritates my skin.
- Pour half of the mixture into a small bowl.
- Add your girly essential oils to one bowl and your manly essential oils to the other.
- Evenly distribute the mixture into the deodorant tubes. Let sit to harden. If you’re in a hurry, just pop them in the fridge.
VOILA! DIY His and Hers Deodorant!
Now listen, if you’re not a DIY kind of person, don’t sweat it (ahem…get it….don’t sweat it? sorry)…
There are a couple of great non-toxic options out there. I really like Primal Pit Paste! Get that HERE.
What are your favorite non-toxic deodorants?
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