It is a highly satisfying feeling when a quandary can be solved and there is no waste. Much like solving a jigsaw puzzle that is 70% blue in an underwater scene or finding out that last nights leftovers are exactly the amount needed to fashion a decent lunch today, having all the pieces fit satiates my desire for simplicity.
The deodorant that i make for myself checks off all of the necessary boxes.
made with ingredients that need only be sourced from my cupboards? check.
easy to do, with a small time commitment? check and check.
ridiculously frugal? aha check.
and best of all, lacking in random chemicals and aluminum? check!
I've adapted my recipe from these two lovely ladies sites, with the main difference being that i have used more beeswax to create a more solid deodorant bar. this is also the time to state that yes, this actually keeps ones axillae fresh. That said, if it is an unusually active or stressful day it is advantageous to reapply once.
2 tbsp beeswax pellets ( approx. 20g, mine are from here )
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda ( aluminum free! )
1/4 cup arrow root powder
essential oils of your choice
1. melt the beeswax in a bain marie ( or a stainless bowl placed in a pot of boiling h2o )
2. add the coconut oil and stir until melty and mixed
3. mix the soda and powder in a bowl and add to the oils
4. stir until well combined with no lumps
5. take the bowl off of the heat and add essential oil if that's your thing (it is my thing, and i used tea tree, patchouli, neroli and blood orange)
6. pour into your receptacle of choice ( i used mini cupcake liners and an egg carton as it is what i had on hand)
If you like your deodorant really firm, use another tablespoon of beeswax or just keep it in the fridge for a fresh wake up in the morning. I'm also quite a fan of the essential oil mixture as the tea tree kills bacteria, the orange freshens and the patchouli hints at the scent of armpit anyway - keeping things realistic.