Happy Sunday and thanks for reading.
I have run out of deodorant and yesterday I made 2 batches of homemade deodorant that will last me about 2 months.
Before I tell you about that, I want to talk about the different deodorant options.
This option can be recycled in the blue bin. Depending on how much you use, and how much you need it can last between 1-6 months.
This aerosol antiperspirant option lasts a shorter amount of time then the above option. When I don’t have time to make my own deodorant I prefer to stay away from this type. The main container is accepted in the blue bin but you must throw the cap in the garbage. If the container is not empty it must be thrown in the garbage.
You can also get all natural deodorant in containers that look like this or in traditional containers at Shopeco or online. You can for sure recycle the base, and I am 90% sure you can recycle the cap (I am in the process of finding out). I personally like to save these jars because they come in handy for other things! This option is also more expensive then the first two options–but the products are worth it!
Now, there is a lot of talk about now about how dangerous the ingredients in deodorant are. It effects hormone levels, it can cause cancer, it can cause cause Alzheimer’s, and it goes on and on. Go into google and type in dangers of deodorant and if you believe everything that you will read, you will never put that stuff in your pits again.
Are all of the ingredients eco friendly? I couldn’t tell you yet. My current goal is to make sure I don’t have to throw any of my items in the garbage and reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ I buy (especially plastic items). You may believe what you wish. If the items were really that dangerous–I don’t think it would be legal to sell. With that being said, if anyone has hard evidence that proves any of these claims to be true I would be more than happy to read and share. 🙂
With all that said:
I do go for the speed stick once in a while if I am in a jam, but overall I would prefer to be able to see, touch, and pronounce the ingredients that I use on my body.
Here is why I make my own deodorant:
- It is fun.
- I know the containers of the ingredients I am using will be disposed of properly.
- I can reuse the same container for my deodorant rather than buying a new plastic container over and over again.
- I am looking to reduce waste and use a natural product and this is the cheapest way.
Here is my process that I stole from Lauren Singer. At the end you will see the video where I got the recipe from. You may prefer to watch a video, instead of reading each step.
- 2 tbsp aero root powder
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp Shea butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of essential oil
You need to melt the Shea butter and the coconut oil using a double boiler. I use a glass bowl and a regular pot.
Once the oil/butter is melted, slowly add in the dry ingredients (aero root powder and baking soda). I use the the rubber spatula below because it makes it easy to take all of the deodorant off the side of the bowl. You really could use any spoon (or something more eco-friendly), but I use this because it is what my Mom has in the kitchen.
Pour deodorant into a container of choice. I kept the containers from when I used to buy deodorant from ShopEco . Add in essential oil of your choice. I choose orange for my first batch and lemon for my second batch. After you add essential oil you have to stir it so the essential oil is mixed throughout the entire deodorant– I like to use my reusable, metal straw!
Put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Now it is read to use. Depending on where you store it and the season it might become soft– and that okay. Just use your finger to smear it into your pit. Lauren Singer said that it took her a while to find this combination that works for her (and me). If you don’t find that this works for you, just experiment with the different ingredients to get the deodorant that is perfect for you!
If you have any questions let me know. I am thinking about giving out a sample so stay tuned for that 😉
If you really are planning on trying this out you should watch the video too!
Have a good week everyone!