You maybe aware of the suggested links between cancer and some of the chemicals used in deodorants. A homemade alternative to the high street brands may well be the answer. I found this recipe while browsing the Internet. I hope you enjoy it...
- 3 parts Shea Butter (chilled slightly)
- 1 to 2 parts Baking Soda
- 2 parts Cornstarch
- Vitamin E Oil (use a couple of squeezed gel caps if your measured parts are Tablespoons)
- 2 parts Cocoa Butter (melted and then cooled, but still mostly liquid)
- Essential Oils (enough to make it smell good, but not overpowering. Make sure you've used these before directly on your skin to avoid any sensitivity.)
Put the metal bowl of a standing mixer in the fridge until chilled.
Remove from the fridge and add the shea butter, baking soda, cornstarch and Vitamin E. Using paddle attachment mix at med/high until it is lighter in color (almost white) and somewhat fluffy.
With mixer running, slowly drizzle in cocoa butter.
Mix on med/high for a couple minutes until nice and fluffy.
Place bowl in fridge for 5 minutes.
Repeat those last two steps as necessary until the mixture has cooled to room temperature.
Add essential oils and mix until blended thoroughly.
Spoon into lidded container, making sure to clean the mixer bowl immediately because someone in your family is guaranteed to come along and sneak a taste without realizing that it's deodorant.
Apply a generous amount to clean underarms, making sure to rub it in well.
Make sure to store this below the melting point of 75 degrees or so. Once it melts, the texture will be the same as the original recipe.