It can be very satisfying to create and then use your own handmade toiletries. I’d been thinking about attempting some for a while, and then came across some useful websites with tried and tested recipes.
If, like me, you’ve tried all the natural/eco/vegan deodorants available (in the UK) for the last 20+ years and still not found one that works for you (it’s a very personal thing!), then you may want to branch out into the possibly wacky world of making your own. I know, you may feel you’ve stepped over some sort of line, but, if ‘normal’ antiperspirants leave your skin irritated, it’s worth a go. (Note, antiperspirants try to stop you perspiring, one of the body’s natural systems, often with things like aluminum, whereas deodorants mask the odour of the bacteria produced by your sweat).
- 2-3 dessert spoons solid coconut fat
- 1 tsp coconut fat melted
- 2 dessert spoons baking soda
- 2 dessert spoons corn starch
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Method: mix the baking soda and corn starch in a bowl, then add the solid and melted coconut fat and keep stirring to make a smooth paste. Add your essential oil, stir some more, then store in a jar or tub. (NB some people say products with essential oils should not be kept in plastic tubs so you may prefer a glass jar.) To apply I use a previously acquired spatula thing.
- two parts witch hazel
- one part aloe vera gel
- essential oil drops
Method – mix in a jug and then pour into a spray bottle.
- 4 tablespoons bentonite clay or calcium powder or a mix
- 1 tablespoon sodium bicarbonate
- 1/2 tbsp. finely ground sea salt
- Essential oils for taste (e.g. 20 drops) – optional but mint, sage, orange or cinnamon are good, or 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon powder or clove powder
Method: Mix the ingredients in a bowl or tub and store in a small glass jar with a lid. I then put a smaller amount into a tub for daily use.