Before we get started, there’s a couple of things you should know about me.
The first is that I love to make things. I don’t have a particularly strong talent in making something specific per say, but without a doubt being creative and making something (whether its creating a recipe, upcycling something old to something new, or just generally being crafty in whatever facet I can) makes me feel completely in my element and brings about a strong sort of fulfillment I haven’t come across anywhere else.
The second thing that’s important to know about me is that I am (and have been) on a self proclaimed journey of sorts to clean up my beauty routine. My first focus when I made a lifestyle switch was most certainly food, largely by eliminating chemicals and unnecessary food additives in my diet. Now I have come to realize that the products we place on our bodies can have an effect on us much the same as what we are ingesting.
Which leads us to this post. Deodorant was one product that I quickly became aware of that is notoriously chemical filled and is linked to all sorts of nasty effects on the body. I did what I’m sure most people do when they are looking for a healthier alternative. I went to a local natural market and bought myself a better option. And a couple of more after that. While I’m sure the ingredients were a better option, I can’t say I was overly pleased with the results of the various brands and products I used. There was always some aspect of the product I wasn’t satisfied with, until now.
With my recent endeavors into the world of essential oils and immersing in all they can do, I came across a recipe to make your own deodorant. The list of ingredients is simple, nourishing, and can totally be customized to your own scent preference.
The process itself is quite easy. Starting by slowly melting down the shea butter and coconut oil until they are liquid. Add in your baking soda and arrowroot powder and mix together.
Let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes, add in the essential oils. I choose the purify blend, melaleuca, lime and citrus bliss blend by doTerra, available here. Pour into your container of choice (I prefer glass), and pop into the fridge to harden and set. Done! It’s really that easy.
You have your very own chemical free cream deodorant! Being that it is cream, you do have to use your fingers to pick a bit of it up from the jar to smooth onto your skin. While having to apply the deodorant in this way might not be as ideal as the method you’re currently accustomed to, the effectiveness of this deodorant totally makes up for it.
A bit of a disclaimer for the product if any of you decide to try this DIY out: I’m by no means an overly sweaty person. If you happen to be, your results may vary.
Have you guys ever made a DIY beauty product before? How did it turn out? Let me know below!
I have a few more ideas up my sleeve. I’ll be sure to post about those as well. Check back for more ways to clean up your beauty routine, DIY style!