Folks – I’ve been on a deodorant journey for years. I’ve used conventional deodorants (scary ingredients). I’ve used natural deodorants (they didn’t work for me). I’ve purchased deodorants from Etsy sellers (I had great results, but purchasing from Etsy sellers can be costly). 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, I’ve 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 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.
Here’s what you need:
- 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 – You can make a tablespoon of this be baking soda (sometimes I do that), if you’d like extra deodorizing power and you know you aren’t sensitive to baking soda (a lot of people are though).
- 0.25 tsp vitamin E oil
- 15-20 drops of the essential oils of your choice
- 2 capsules of shelf-stable powdered probiotics
And here’s the process:
- 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 months for me (a little goes a long way).
Depending on what deodorant you were using before this and your diet (the better you eat, the less stinky you are – at least that’s the case for me!), there may be a detox period when you begin using this recipe. Give it some time to work!
Wondering How It’s Working for Me?
Other natural deodorants really aggravate my underarm skin because they typically have a lot of baking soda in them (which my skin doesn’t like). Because this recipe only uses arrowroot powder (or a little bit of baking soda), I’m not having any of the redness, burning sensation, or itchiness.
Also, I’ve struggled with dark skin under my arms for some time now (ever since I used a certain name-brand “natural” deodorant that caused my armpits to turn a dark color and peel – seriously!). Using this probiotic deodorant has helped to reverse that issue too.
My armpits have never been happier and I stay stinky-free all day long. My husband comments that I smell like “orange chocolate” (from the essential oils I used and the cocoa butter). I love it!