In my quest to make healthier choices and be more aware of the “nasties” in the products around me,
making my own deodorant had been on my “to-do” list for quite some time. One day (after being without deodorant for at least two days), I decided it was time to make some pit paste. And I am sure my family was thanking me!
Here is how I did it:
4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
8 drops melaleuca essential oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops roman chamomile essential oil
A few drops of whatever other essential oils sound good at the time (such as lavender or a calming blend).
In a small glass bowl, mix together the softened virgin coconut oil (usually room temperature), baking soda and arrowroot. Stir in the oils. Press the mixture into a clean, empty deodorant container or store in an air tight glass jar. I store mine in a glass jar. A pea size of paste per pit, gently rubbed around a few times should do the trick.
A word of advice…don’t over rub or your pits will hate you. Yes, I am speaking from experience. It can be ouchie! It doesn’t hurt to label the jar either. Otherwise your sister-in-law might possibly mistake it for body butter and induce a “razor burn” like pain all over her legs. Yep, speaking from experience on that one too.
You may also want to find an alternative if you are hopping a plane to an area with overly warm climate or your pit paste will be more like pit soup.
A more natural approach. Gotta love it. Enjoy!