We no longer purchase prepackaged deodorant. While the company Terracycle offers recycling for deodorant containers, I have stated before that I am not a fan of their system. They require wait lists to recycle, and then you must ship the items out to their facility. This arrangement is not a real solution to waste, and I would rather not buy the item. But, we surely need a deodorant option if we are not purchasing the standard roll on deodorant.
We tried the crystal deodorant. It wasn’t bad but we found we needed to reapply frequently. In the past we had tried straight baking soda, even long before we had kids we used this method. If you don’t cut the baking soda with enough corn starch it will burn and irritate your armpits. Then, we found a great brand at our local COOP, called Schmidts. It comes in a glass container and you put it on with your fingers. It works well, isn’t tested on animals, and uses natural ingredients. We do keep a small jar of this on hand at the house as the girls really enjoy using it. But I thought it was a bit pricey and decided that I could probably make my own version. I figured even if just Josh and I used the homemade version we would save money as the Schmidts brand is $9.99 for a 2 oz jar. So I broke out some recipes and got to work. I made a twelve ounce jar of homemade deodorant in early October, and now in February it was time to make another.
Zero Waste Deodorant:
5 Tbs of Coconut Oil
2 Tbs of Shea Butter
1/4 cup of Baking Soda
1/4 cup of Corn Starch
10-20 drops of Lavender Oil
5-10 drop of Sage Oil
5-10 drop of Wintergreen Oil
5 Drops of Bergamont Oil
*oil/scents can vary to your preference
I fill a small pot with water and turn on the heat. Then, I add all my ingredients into a 12 oz canning jar. Then, I place the jar in the water and bring it to boil. In a matter of minutes, the coconut oil and shea butter are starting to melt. I stir it gently to blend the ingredients, and when fully dissolved, I remove it from heat. The whole process takes about 5-10 minutes. Then, I let it cool. I do stir it a few time to bring the baking soda to the surface, it does tend to drop to the bottom of the container otherwise. You can speed up the solidification by placing the jar in the refrigerator (once the jar is cool to the touch).
This recipe works very well for our bodies. On more active days we might need to re-apply the deodorant. We keep a small wooden spoon on a rubber band around the jar and use it to scoop out a small amount, then we apply it like lotion.
Let me know if you decide to give this a try, and how it works for you.
Thanks for reading!