Coconut oil is really an amazing thing. We have used it in so many recipes so far, and of course it continues to creep back to our list of ingredients. When we decided to make natural deodorant, of course coconut oil would be in there. This oil is naturally antibacterial and has a wonderful fragrance. We added jojoba oil also because it dries quickly and won’t leave your clothes oil stained. In addition, we used arrowroot for a thickening agent, and in our opinion, is better than corn starch.
The Diatomaceous Earth is something new. We have read about using Baking soda, but it can be irritating to your skin. If you have sensitive skin, seek out this wonderful ingredient. Not only is it a gentle powder, but it naturally contains silica which is beneficial to our bodies in many ways.
We chose peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil to add fragrance, but you can use any essential oils you would like. Peppermint is refreshing and awakening in nature, and there is nothing better than to have a refreshing, lively smell on a warm spring day. In addition, we used tea tree oil because it is a natural healing element for the skin and body, and not to mention it’s homey smell.
- 5 T Organic Coconut Oil
- 4 T Jojoba Oil
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup food grade Diatomaceous Earth
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops of tea tree oil
- Combine Arrowroot, Diatomaceous Earth, and oils in a medium size mixing bowl. Use the back of a larger spoon to press the oils into the powder mixtures.
- Do this for about 10 minutes, working the ingredients together. If need be, add more oil. You will know it is done when the mixture turns into a thick paste with no crumbles.
- At this point, add your essential oils. Mix well again.
- We stored it in a small mason jar and apply with hands; however, we have heard you can put into an old deodorant stick which could work even better!
Makes 1/2 cup of deodorant
Recipe inspired by Scratch Mommy and Passionate Homemaking