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A few years ago I made the switch to a natural deodorant. The switch was going great until I started to develop red marks and a light rash on my arm pits. I had no idea what was causing it until someone mention that I probably have an underarm sensitivity.
Apparently, many people have the same sensitivity to baking-soda so I tried to find a recipe online that didn't use a lot of baking soda. And I found a GREAT one and I loved it for months and months. I still love it…however, the underarm sensitivity returned even though this recipe uses a very small amount.
So, my quest continued and I found this recipe that uses magnesium oil and essential oils. I never knew magnesium oil could help with underarm stink! We had some magnesium oil laying around the house so I tried it and SURE ENOUGH it's been working great! However, I love a “stick-based” deodorant and decided to formulate a recipe that is baking-soda free, yet uses magnesium oil.
Note: Magnesium oil isn't technically an oil so it won't leave your pits oily…yuck! It has a SUPER low PH which is very helpful at keeping stink at bay…plus you get a nice boost of magnesium which we all need! Some people experience a tingling when they apply magnesium on their skin. No worries — many feel this during the first few applications, especially if you are a little low in magnesium.
A few more things:
- I use raw shea butter which is yellow. You can use a lighter shea butter or cacao butter.
- I find that giving my underarms a spray with magnesium oil while getting out of the shower helps a ton with odor! I then apply this Baking Soda Free Deodorant recipe. You can also make a apple cider vinegar spray to use before you apply your homemade deodorant! If you workout and sweat alot, I would highly recommend a pre-squirt of magnesium oil or apple cider vinegar.
- TEXTURE – this is not like store-bought deodorant. The texture is more “wet” but will absorb quickly into your skin. Also, if you are using this deodorant recipe in a area with hot climate or in the summer, then you will want to put it in a small jar and scoop it out with your fingers.
Baking Soda Free Deodorant:
Makes one full bar if using a recycled deodorant stick!
- 1 Tablespoons of Magnesium Oil (where to buy)
- 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (where to buy)
- 2 Tablespoons of Raw Shea Butter (where to buy) or Cacao Butter
- 2 Tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder (where to buy)
- 2 Tablespoons of Bentonite Clay (where to buy)
- 5-8 Drops of Melaleuca Essential Oil (where to buy)
- 5-8 Drops of Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, or Thyme (where to buy) – these essential oils pair well with Melaleuca and offer a nice fragrance
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar
- Immersion Blender (where to buy)
- Small Glass storage container or Recycled Deodorant Tube
- Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. I stick the coconut oil and shea butter in a wide-mouth mason jar and put the mason jar in a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat when melted.
- Mix in the arrowroot and clay into the wet mixture with an immersion blender. I find the immersion blender necessary in properly mixing the oils and solids together and creating “emulsification”.
- Let cool for about 15 minutes. You may see some liquid rise to the top….that's ok. We have one more mix!
- Ever so slowly pour in the magnesium oil while mixing with the immersion blender and mix until the mixture becomes creamy. This means you have properly emulsified the mixture.
- Add in your essential oils and mix and then blend again.
- Immediately pour into a small glass jar or a recycled deodorant tube.
- Allow to cool for a few hours before capping. If you are eager to use it, toss it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes!
- Slap on a pretty label and you got yourself a nourishing bar of deodorant that works great!