I’ve been working on an extra strength deodorant recipe for a long time now. I’ve always liked my other deodorant recipe (the Gentle Deodorant recipe) for times when I’m at home but it wasn’t really cutting it for when I’m running around like crazy at work! The reason I kept failing, however, was because I think I was just getting a little too fancy with the recipes. Turns out, it was just a matter for finding a good starch that absorbs sweat effectively and the right proportions of the bacteria-killing baking soda and essential oils. Add a few spritz of my favorite DIY Body Spray, and I’m good to go for the day!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons potato starch
- 2 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
- 20 drops tea tree oil
- 15 drops grapefruit essential oil or lemon essential oil (both are antibacterial here so just pick the one you want to smell like more)
Note: I’ve noticed that not all tea tree oils are created equal. If you have sensitive skin and aren’t sure how strong your tea tree oil is, you might want to start with a small amount (like 10 drops). You can always soften your deodorant once again and add more tea tree oil if you want.
1. Lightly heat your coconut oil so that it is nearly liquid in consistency. I actually just microwaved it for 20 seconds because I was being lazy but generally, I like the double broiler method which looks something like this:
2. Once your coconut oil is just melted, add in your tea tree oil and grapefruit or lemon essential oil. Stir really well.
3. Start adding small amounts of potato starch and baking soda; every time you add a bit, stir well to completely incorporate. Keep doing this until you’ve added the full amounts of each.
4. Leave the mixture out to thicken, stirring it every 10 minutes or so. (The stirring is necessary so that the baking soda/potato starch doesn’t all just settle at the bottom. You can cool it in the fridge if your house is too warm for the coconut oil to harden (just make sure to still stir while it’s cooling).