Folks – I’ve been on a deodorant journey for years. I’ve used conventional deodorants (scary ingredients). I’ve used natural deodorants (at best, they didn’t work for me – and at worst, they turned my armpits black!). My armpits have been through an awful lot on the quest for a natural, high-quality, gentle-to-the-skin, cost-friendly deodorant solution that works.
Well, several years ago I found something that crosses off every item on that list. And I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! But before I do, I bet you’re probably wondering something.
Why Probiotic Deodorant?
You’re probably already aware of the positive effects of probiotics on your digestive system and your immune system. But did you know that research is emerging that shows that probiotics can help to improve the balance of bacteria on your skin (just like it does in your digestive system)?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It contains millions of beneficial bacteria. It also acts as a barrier between pathogens and your body. While conventional deodorant does its best to kill the “bad” bacteria (aka. the stuff that makes you stinky), it also knocks out the good bacteria on your skin. And when you get rid of the good bacteria, you’re left defenseless (and stinky – and the stinkier you are, the more deodorant you need – coincidence?).
When it comes to my health, I take the stance that I want to support my body’s systems and natural functions and not interfere when I don’t have to. Using probiotic deodorant is a winning solution for me – it helps to balance the good bacteria, which makes me less smelly overall.
Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Recipe
NOTE: Remember that this is a deodorant recipe. It’s not an antiperspirant recipe. This won’t stop you from sweating. But I happen to think that sweating isn’t a bad thing.
- Tools for making the deodorant – Stainless steel pot, chopsticks or a spoon to stir the mixture, spatula, clean used deodorant container or a new deodorant container
- 1 Tbsp (about 0.5 oz) beeswax
- 1 Tbsp shea butter
- 1 Tbsp cocoa butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3.5 Tbsp arrowroot powder – I use all arrowroot powder when I make my own deodorant because I have sensitive skin when it comes to baking soda. But if you don’t have sensitive skin, you can substitute 0.50 Tbsp of the arrowroot powder with baking soda for some extra deodorizing power.
- 0.25 tsp vitamin E oil
- 15-20 drops of the Young Living Essential Oils of your choice – My favorite combination is Lavender, Tea Tree, Frankincense, and Geranium.
- 2 capsules of shelf-stable powdered probiotics
- Melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil together over low heat.
- Turn the heat off. Then add the arrowroot powder (and baking soda, if you’re using it) to the mixture, stirring with a spoon or chopsticks until the powder is dissolved and combined.
- Add the vitamin E oil and your essential oils to the mixture, stirring with a spoon or chopsticks to distribute them throughout the mixture.
- Allow the mixture to cool a bit in the pot until it’s a thick consistency (about the consistency of pudding).
- Once it’s reached that consistency and is a cooler temperature, add the probiotics and mix the powder in quickly with a spatula.
- Use a spatula to pour the mixture into a clean used deodorant container (or a new deodorant container).
- Place the deodorant container in the refrigerator to cool and harden. After that, the deodorant can be kept on the counter.
This recipe will fill one deodorant container. How long it lasts depends on how often you apply it, but this typically lasts about two or three months for me (a little goes a long way).
Depending on what deodorant you were using before this and your diet (the cleaner you eat, the less stinky you are – at least that’s my story!), there may be a detox period when you begin using this recipe. During that detox period, you might be smellier than normal. If that’s the case for you, some white vinegar dabbed onto your armpits after you shower and before you put on this deodorant should help. Don’t give up too soon! Give this deodorant some time to work and your armpits will be very happy.
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