I have always loved making things myself. Food, crafts, clothing, cleaners, beauty products…you name it, I’ve probably tried making it before!
Most of the time you can make things cheaper and healthier by making them yourself. I’ve always enjoyed making things by hand simply because of the satisfaction that it gave me. Now as a wife and mom, I also love making things from scratch so that I can live naturally while staying on a budget.
Because of my obsession with making everything I can think of from scratch, I’ve decided to do a weekly feature called, Make-It Yourself Mondays. Each week I will show you how I make something from scratch. Weekly topics will range from food staples to beauty products and lots of items in between.
Every Monday there will also be an opportunity for you to show off things that you have made. Link up your posts below to show us an awesome handmade project that you have done as well!
Homemade Natural, Moisturizing Deodorant
To kick off the first, Make-It Yourself Monday, I’m sharing my recipe for an all-natural, aluminum free deodorant that really works. Homemade deodorant is one of my favorite “make-it yourself” items, because of how easy and healthy it is.
Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum among other questionable ingredients that are not good for you or your skin. So why not try to make your own with natural, nourishing ingredients?
A quick google search will show you that there are tons of recipes out there for homemade deodorants. I’ve probably tried most of them! With most of the recipes I’ve tried, there were things that I liked and things that I didn’t like. After some trial and error trying to come up with my own version, I finally found the right formula for my perfect homemade deodorant.
I LOVE everything about it. It’s smooth, moisturizing, and it smells amazing. For me personally, it actually works better than any store bought deodorant (natural or not) I’ve ever used. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Homemade Moisturizing Deodorant
- 2 oz. coconut oil (1/4 cup)
- 1 oz. grated beeswax (see note)
- 1 oz. shea butter (2 tbsp)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 20 drops tea tree oil
- 20 drops essential oil of choice (for scent)
- Combine coconut oil and beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until almost completely melted.
- Add shea butter to the saucepan and stir until everything is completely melted.
- Remove from heat and quickly stir in the baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils with a fork or a small whisk.
- Once everything is completely combined and the mixture is smooth, pour into your container(s) and let harden.
- I recommend using a scale to measure out your beeswax by weight. The volume measurements will vary depending on the type of beeswax you are using. If you are using the small pellets that you can buy, the approximate measurement will be 2 1/2 tbsp. If you grate the beeswax yourself, the approximate measurement will be 1/2 cup.
- For the containers, I just use old deodorant containers. Twist it down until the bottom piece is completely at the bottom, and then fill to the very top with the deodorant while it is still liquid.
- This recipe makes enough for 2 average size deodorant containers (2.6 oz. – 3.0 oz.)
- At room temperature this deodorant is solid, but goes on very smoothly. It is wonderful! If it gets too warm and your deodorant starts to get too soft or melts, just pop it in the fridge. I’ve never had to store mine there, and the average temperature in our house is around 72o.
- Don’t twist the deodorant up more than necessary when applying. Whatever is twisted up is what will go on, so only twist up the amount that you need.
Share Your Make-It Yourself Monday Post
Now it’s your turn. I would love to see a Make-It Yourself project that you’ve done. A recipe for something that you usually buy, a fun craft, a decorating project…the list could go on and on! Show us what you’ve got!
These are the two easy guidelines for participation:
1. Link up to a post on your blog featuring a Make-It Yourself (or DIY) project. Please link directly to the post and not to your home url.
2. Please link your posts back to this blog. This is a common blog hop courtesy and will help your readers find more awesome Make-It Yourself projects. Thank you for spreading the word!