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Ok, so there are like a million natural deodorant recipes out there! Some of them use baking soda as the main ingredient, and some don’t due to skin irritation.
Well, let me tell you I have tried most of them, and even tried variations combing recipes. The fact is, if you are anything like me (and sweat like a construction worker), then the deodorant recipes without baking soda just don’t work well.
Unfortunately for me, even though I sweat like a guy (standing in the Sahara roasting marshmellows in July), I still have the girly sensitive skin. This got me to thinking, what is it about the baking soda that is so irritating?
After a little research (figured it was worth a google), I found that the irritating nature of baking soda is due to the PH level. Baking soda is considered alkaline, with a PH of 9.
So, remembering cosmetology school (forgot to mention I am a cosmetologist/esthetician), that the PH of alkaline substances can be neutralized by acidic substances.
AH HA! Now I had to figure out which acid to use. After spending a little more time with my friend Google, I decided that lemon juice (PH 2) would be the best solution. Lemon juice actually has some preservative properties as well, and smells good, so viola!
Now for calculations… So, the ideal PH would be 7 (which is the PH of pure water), so taking the baking soda with a PH of 9 and lemon juice with a PH of 2, we would need to use about 2/3 baking soda, to 1/3 lemon juice.
Now we’re cooking with bacon grease! Alright, so the rest of the recipe is a concoction of my favorite, tested, ingredients.. I am also including some links of my favorite products, at the cheapest prices I could find (causer you know mama on a budget!)…. Enjoy!
Natural PH Balanced Deodorant/Antiperspirant Recipe
- 30 grams Coconut Oil, My Favorite Coconut Oil
- 10 grams Sweet Almond Oil (or any other carrier oil, My Favorite Sweet Almond Oil
- 20 grams Shea butter, My Favorite Shea Butter
- 5 grams Neem Oil, My Favorite Neem Oil
- 10 grams Beeswax, My Favorite Beeswax
- 15 grams Arrowroot Powder, My Favorite Arrowroot Powder
- 15 grams Diatomaceous Earth, My Favorite Diatomaceous Earth
- 15 grams Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice (To neutralize the baking soda)
- 25-3 drops of your favorite essential oil, I used Cool Water
Use double boiler, or do like me and use a Dollar Tree glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter, neem oil, and beeswax.
Once all ingredients are melted, slowly add arrowroot powder, diatomaceous earth, and baking soda. Sifting dry ingredients makes this much easier.
After dry ingredients are dissolved, remove from heat, then add lemon juice and essential oils.
Pour immediately into deodorant containers. Here is a link to some deodorant containers, but I luckily had a couple and didn’t have to buy them, thank god ’cause they are a little pricey for empty containers, but this was the best price I could find) or soap molds.
(This deodorant is solid and keeps just as well as store bought solid antiperspirant/deodorant, even if you are in a warm environment.)
Let sit an hour or two, or if you are impatient like me, stick it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
To be honest, this recipe works better, for me, than the store bought crap with all the icky chemicals! And after recently having a child, and breast feeding, this is definitely something I have been thinking about. I meant, lets face it, their little baby heads are practically halfway in your armpits all night and day, and, at least for me, going no deo is just not an option.
Well, there you go, you now have the secret formula. Please feel free to leave comments and let me know how it worked out for you.