Monday, February 3, 2014

Homemade Deodorant for Delicate Armpits

After making my own deodorant last month and raving about it to my mom, she asked me to make her some. I had about 1/2 a container's worth left over from my batch, so I gave it to her to try out. Unfortunately, after a week of use she suddenly developed an itchy rash! 

Uh oh... I know I fudged with the ingredients a bit by using scented baby powder instead of corn starch, and probably used too much essential oil perfume. I've also read that baking soda can be irritating.

 But it's been working great for me! And might I say, my armpit hair is quite luxurious these days.

How I changed the recipe for my mom's delicate armpits:

I started off by eliminating the essential oil perfume. I know anything strongly scented can be irritating, so I thought about what I had available to substitute. I remembered that I had leaves in the freezer from our chocolate-mint plant that we had planned to use for tea. Perfect!

I warmed up coconut oil and cocoa butter (to help the deodorant stay a bit more solid) on the stove and steeped the chocolate-mint leaves. I instantly regretted not saving some of the mint for a cup of tea!

After the oil was smelling really good (I'm talking Andes mints, here) I took it off the burner and pressed all the oil out of the leaves.

Once the oil had cooled, I added just a splash of sweet almond oil and then stirred in plain corn starch. This mixture is so light and fluffy compared to the slightly oily/gritty texture of my first deodorant.

I nuked it just a bit so it would pour easily and poured it in an old, cleaned out deodorant tube.

If I had been a little more patient while pouring, it would have been prettier with no bubbles, but oh well.

Here's what I did this time:

5 parts Coconut Oil
1 part Cocoa Butter
Chocolate-Mint leaves (or other garden herbs), steeped and removed
Splash Sweet Almond Oil
After steeping, measure out 6 tablespoons of the prepared oils
1/2 cup Corn Starch

Slather it on and enjoy! My one day trial (from a bit of extra) confirms this batch is awesome and has a very nice, subtle fragrance.

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 Homestead Barn Hop


  1. Does this really work well for you with odor control? I've been trying various recipes for homemade stuff, and so far they just seem like an epic fail. ;) Did you have an 'adjustment' period when you switched to natural homemade? Just wondering if it's me or my "formula." :)

    1. So far so good! I haven't had a single funky day yet, but this summer out in the garden will be the true test. My mom, who is older and probably sweats less, wears a lead apron at her hospital job - hot and sweaty, hard work. She says this new deodorant is great! I think it's just trial and error, and what works for someone may not work for the next person.