found this last month on Crunchy Betty's blog, and since I was hating every natural deodorant I used since going off "Secret" and "Sure", I decided it was worth the effort. I tell you...I DO stink big time when I don't use deodorant but this recipe totally works - even better than store bought. I'm flat out amazed.
"Not a Secret Homemade Deodorant"
1-1/2 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax beads
4 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp shea butter
4 tsp clay (bentonite or other)
20-25 drops essential oil (tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, bergamot, or a mixture of any listed)
Empty, clean, sterilized deodorant container
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil on very low heat, whisking often. Once melted, add in the shea butter and whisk a few times, then remove from the heat and continue melting. After that’s melted and you have a liquid, sprinkle in the clay and continue to whisk well until everything is combined. Drop in the essential oil, whisking still. Place the pan into a cool water bath, and leave for 5 minutes or until it just begins to set up. Spoon the mixture into your deodorant container and place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes (or until completely hard). If, for some reason, it starts to get too soft on a hot day, just put it back in the freezer for a while.
Just to give you my tweaks, I doubled the basic recipe, I used French Rose Clay, and I used an essential oil combo of lavender, sweet orange, lemongrass, tea tree and rosemary. You may not have that many EOs laying around your house (I'm a soapmaker so I have tons) PLUS I added about 1/4 cup of baking soda and 4 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch (you can sub arrowroot powder) because it seemed too melty/oily at first.
Honestly, this stuff lasts me 2 full days per application. To get rid of the slightly greasy underarm feeling I dust with some powder after applying it. I'm so happy with this recipe I'm thinking of making it to sell :-)