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Summer Skin Care & Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Last month I made our summer soap. We christened it Summer Shoo-Fly as its essential oils were chosen for their insect repellent properties. It is done curing now and is ready for the summer showering, camp use, gifts and trades.

Then last weekend, in between freezing pounds and pounds of berries I whipped up more summer skin care products: lip balm, body lotion and deodorant.  My mom was running low on lotion (I'm her dealer - tee, hee) and we were running low on lip balm (getting down to the crystallized honey that seems to settle in the bottom) and I was plumb out of deodorant - a situation that needed to be remedied for summer.  

Homemade Deodorant Recipe:

As I've mentioned before my first batch of homemade deodorant was based on Angry Chicken's recipe. This time around I made a few more modifications, enough to call it my own and share it here.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp cocoa butter with jojoba oil (I get nothing from linking you to products. Shop around for yourself) 
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E
  • 5 drops each of clove, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus - these were the oils I had on hand that I thought would smell nice together. Use whatever you like.
  • 5 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract, natural preservative (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a sterilized pan melt all the ingredients, except essential oils and GSE, together over low heat on stove.
  2. Remove from heat, add drops of essential oils and GSE, if using. Stir well with whisk.
  3. Pour into sterilized glass jar.

My last batch lasted months and never went bad or rancid in the bathroom cupboard. This week with such high heat the oils have melted a bit and the deodorant was quite runny so I took a tablespoon out and mixed it with some baking soda to firm it up. This worked well and I've been using this firmer mix in this high heat and humidity.

To apply simply rub some between your fingers and massage onto your skin.

Toothpaste Update:

While we're discussing natural skin and body care I wanted to point out that our family has decided on a toothpaste alternative. Damien wrote all about it at Toothpaste Tribulations. You'll recall I have been looking for a toothpaste replacement. Something with truly natural ingredients that I could make myself, that would clean our teeth, freshen our breath and that we'd all like. Well we mostly scored with Uncle Harrys.

  • Natural ingredients - check, I even e-mailed to ask specifically what the plant essences were
  • Make myself - well maybe, I know what all the ingredients are but for now we're purchasing it
  • Cleans our teeth - check, definitely
  • Freshens our breath - check, definitely
  • Family friendly - mostly check, Brienne doesn't like how strong it is

Another huge feature of using this toothpaste is that it is great for backpacking and simplifies our packing and personal care products. 

More Skin Care Recipes:

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Comments

I loved making and using

I loved making and using Angry Chicken's deodorant recipe, until I got a terrible itchy rash from the baking soda! I'm about to try it again with just the corn starch. I was really surprised to get the rash - have you been using this recipe for long?

To Debbie - if you save an old push-up style deodorant stick container, you can pour the mixture in that and it will work pretty well. I wasn't a fan of the application method either!

Nah, not gross! My husband

Nah, not gross! My husband is able to go without deodorant much of the time. I myself cannot go without, unless I want to risk alienating everyone I want to be near. :) You'd definitely notice if you had a problem!

A funny anecdote - he's a bit suspicious of my homemade deodorant. So I figured he wasn't using any at all since I'd taken the last stick of Tom's to replace with my homemade. Today I brought the stick down to clean out and refill it, and he asked why it was in the kitchen. I explained. He said "I've been using that!" and I was vindicated!! He has survived unknowingly using homemade deodorant and is prepared to continue! :)

I forgot to clarify - I found

I forgot to clarify - I found the stick useful because the first batch of deod. I made was rock hard, and impossible to stick my fingers into. At first I used a spoon to try to scrape it out, but then I tried the stick and that worked well. Of course, I just made another batch that more closely resembles what you did here, and my coconut oil was actually liquid. So, this batch is staying in the little tin, and using my fingers is working nicely. I don't think when it's this hot, if you use coconut oil, the stick would work very well.

You might be getting a rash

You might be getting a rash from the cornstarch and not the baking soda. Baking soda shouldn't break you at, but many people tend to break out with cornstarch. Try using Arrowroot Powder, its very gentle. I make my own deodorant as well, difference recipe, but I use the Arrowroot Powder and it works like a charm. I have very sensitive skin so I am very careful with what I use, which is why I started to make my own products as well. You can also just refill your old deodorant dispenser so you don't have to use your fingers to apply this deodorant. You just wind it all the way back down and then pack it with your DIY deo and your good to go! Its the only way my husband will use my homemade stuff. Good luck!

Hello, Any suggestions on

Hello,

Any suggestions on what to do for darkening of the skin. I am getting some sort of rash that darkens my skin and makes it peel. I've used arrowroot from the beginning. Not sure if it is the baking soda or tea tree that might be irritating my skin. Been using for about a month.

Thanks!

OMG I had the same problem

OMG I had the same problem when I bought & used the soapwalla deodorant. I had to stop using it completely because the skin got dark & hard too. Then it started to peel. After that I stopped using soapwalla. I'm using Dr. Mist right now. It's natural too but I want to make my own deodorant. The last receipe I tried with cornstarch & baking soda didn't do anything for me at all. Didn't even last one full work day. Luckily I brought it along to work so I could reapply but I still felt stinky.

I just wanted to post a

I just wanted to post a warning about baking soda, but not to dissuade you from using it entirely.  I make & sell homemade skincare products, including an all natural deodorant which consists of coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder &, in some cases, essential oils. I absolutely love it & it works beautifully, however my mom has been getting a painful rash & peeling skin. After some experimentation & some research we've come to realize that baking soda, although natual & a wonderful odor killer, can be highly irritating to some people in solutions that are more than 1% w/v (weight of baking soda by volume of total solution). Most recipes for DIY baking soda deodorant consist of 25% w/v (or more) baking soda solution which would be HIGHLY irritating for some people. Just to clarify, not everyone with sensitive skin will have problems with this (I'm one of them) while others who never had sensitive skin issues may not be able to tolerate it at all (my mom, for example). This poses a problem when creating a long lasting natural & SAFE homemade deodorant because most "sensitive skin" versions may only last 6hrs at most. I'm currently working on coming up with a long lasting version for sensitive skin, but haven't quite figured it out yet. Grain alcohols (vodka works beautifully;)) are wonderful alternatives, but if you're looking for a gentle "lotion-style" deodorant I'm not yet certain if it would mix well. Keep searching, keep experimenting & always be diligent in researching your ingredients & recipes thoroughly to avoid unhappy skin as much as possible. The whole point of DIY skincare is to unburden our skin & keep it healthy!! Good luck to everyone:)

It maybe the cornstarch that

It maybe the cornstarch that is causing the itchiness. I use arrowroot powder instead. And have had no problems. Also check which EO your using and possibly reduce amounts of ingrediants

Glen recently discovered that

Glen recently discovered that if underarm odor is a problem in the heat that dabbing on rubbing alcohol takes away the smell for a day. We imagine that it kills off harmful bacteria/toxins. Any thoughts on why this works or if it's bad for you?

I have heard that prolonged

I have heard that prolonged use of rubbing alcohol can be bad for you but grain alcohol is safe. I have done a lot of research on homemade household products and I have found quite a few people using the grain alcohol method. You just put it in a small spray bottle and spritz it on after your shower or in the morning (whenever you would use deodorant) here's a link that has lots of helpful information http://www.diynatural.com/natural-homemade-deodorant/

And to totally flood your

And to totally flood your post with replies from me...here's another question I have for you! :) What do you use for insect repellent (in your soap, or otherwise)? I haven't used any for a few years, but I think we're going to spend some time in the woods next week and the horseflies and deerflies are dreadful this time of year. Not to mention mosquitos. I had some "natrapel" for the kids, but the little one poured it all over the swingset. It smelled awful, so I'm not sad to see it go. Thought you might have some tips!

We've had great success with

We've had great success with rubbing a little citronella essential oil on wherever needed. Lasts a long time on the skin. Costs less than $5 for a small bottle. We put a few drops on our baby's clothes. Don't need much to ward off the critters.

This post is old... but I'm

This post is old... but I'm new :P
I found a recipe for Homemade Bug Spray on another website awhile back
This is what it says:

Ingredients:
3 ounces distilled water
1 ounce witch hazel (the alcohol)
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
3 drops citronella essential oil

Apparently it works? I've never tried it. Good luck :)

I love learning new ideas!

I love learning new ideas!

We just use a baking soda and salt combination (sometimes with some dried mint) for our toothbrushing. It's cheap, natural and gargling while brushing is great for getting rid of nasty germs - I've not had a sore throat since starting!

I love this deodorant idea and can't wait to try it! When I'm in between batches of various kinds (can't decide which I like the best) I pat on a 50/50 mix of baking soda and cornstarch.

Lastly, for our bug repellant, we have found that vitamin E by itself is great. If eaten in enough quantities in the right foods (or as a supplement), it makes you naturally repellent - I can't depend on that alone, so I add it to our soaps and will make a light-weight lotion of it for the worst times.
I still want to try that soap though - it sounds like so much fun to make!

~Jessica

For those who are getting

For those who are getting rashes, it could be the cornstarch too. Its known to cause yeast infections when used in deodorant, instead an alternative is arrowroot powder, which thankfully doesnt cause infections. :) Hope this helps.

I wanted to know how I can

I wanted to know how I can sterilize old deodorant tubes. Also, should I sterilize new lip balm tubes before pouring in the oils? If so, how should I do that?

Thanks!

I have tried different

I have tried different variations of the coconut oil/other oils/baking soda/cornstarch and I was able to get some to work pretty good. However, my main problem has been that they stained my clothes like crazy. I even added beeswax to make it firm and still had oil stains. After a few months the build up of stains is so bad that I started getting frustrated and went back to the crystal deodorant.

I would love to be able to make a non-oil based deodorant but I don't know what's okay to be putting on my skin everyday and that will work. I have to use deodorant every day and I need a fairly strong deodorant. The thought of having oil stains on my shirts and eventually having to replace my shirts more frequently is not appealing. Has anyone else had this problem?

New commenter, found your

New commenter, found your blog via google search for homemade deodorant. However, my comment is in response to your bug repellent issues. Get some wild oil of oregano and add a few drops to a couple of squirts of lotion in your hand and then rub all over. It works! During our dry Texas summer last year, our back door got stuck (foundation), and I had to walk around the house to feed the outside cat for several weeks. We have wicked mosquitoes here, and by using the oil of oregano, not one mosquito bit me. Just wanted to share.

Hi there! This recipe looks

Hi there! This recipe looks great, i'd love to try a solid deodorant. At the moment we use plain bicarb soda (I think that's what we call baking soda over here is Australia?) We use an aluminium-free one from Bob's Red Mill. My husband's a tradesman and doesn't stink after work, and it performed admirably in the Outback as well.

I also use it in our toothpaste, and posted my recipe here a while back.
http://theantirat.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/making-toothpaste.html

It's really easy, and seems to work well-let me know if you try it! The best natural toothpaste i've used was aloe vera gel, straight from the plant-it's what we'll go back to when we move back to a more tropical climate.

Keep on posting these tutes, i've just discovered your blog and am busy reading through the wealth of information you've provided-thanks so much!

xxKelly.

Hey all, I know this is an

Hey all,

I know this is an old post, but the comments about getting skin discoloration peeked my interest.

Have you tried Apricot Oil in the recipe?

Seems a bit odd maybe but down here in New Zealand quite often people get the dark age spots and liver spots and a direct application everyday of apricot oil for about a week makes them disappear.
It's also fantastic for sunburn or any type of burn - way better than aloe vera as it will trap what moisture is left in the skin, you will still peel and don't worry if it is a bad burn and it crusts (happened to me about 3 times) it just means that the new skin is growing in underneath and it will be healthy and no scarring - very important when one of the holes in the ozone is right above the country.
If you apply it before sun exposure it can work as a mild sunscreen.

I have mixed it into a basic salve with beeswax - good for chafe and rough skin esp if you add a bit of ground cinnamon.

Hope this helps :)

I started using homemade

I started using homemade deodorant after finding this post... It takes a bit of getting used to but I hear it's *so* much healthier and obviously more natural... Thanks so much for sharing this, I check back all the time to share it with friends and stuff... <3

~ Melly from

How to make skin care . com
 

Has anybody used or added

Has anybody used or added honey to these homemade lotions, specifically deodorant? I know that it's used for a lot of things so I was just wondering. Thanks for all the good tips.

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