They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that was certainly true with this recipe! We ran out of deodorant on the road, and so I looked up a couple of recipes and blended them together to create a deodorant with a creamy consistency and a smaller amount of baking soda than a lot of recipes call for. My husband and I are sensitive to baking soda and have found this recipe works well and is non-irritating. I have another deodorant recipe on my blog, it works well but I prefer the consistency of this one (hence the 2.0 title!) I haven’t tried it yet, but you could look at swapping out the baking soda for more bentonite clay to make the recipe baking soda free. If you try this out, please let me know how it goes!
When I first put the recipe together I left out the beeswax, but I find it helpful when it comes to keeping the deodorant solid (especially in warm temperatures!). You can play around with the amount to get the consistency you like, but I found 1½ tsp worked really well for us. As far as essential oils go, feel free to use a combination that works for you! I have experimented with lavender and bergamot and like the scent, however I stuck with lemongrass this time around as I am sharing this batch with my husband. I like using a little scraping tool to remove product from the jar and then I apply the deodorant with my fingertips.
¼ cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp shea butter
1½ tsp beeswax
⅛ cup baking soda
⅛ cup bentonite clay
¼ cup arrowroot powder
10–15 drops essential oil (I used Lemongrass)
Whisk together the baking soda, bentonite clay, and arrowroot powder in a mixing bowl. Using a double boiler method, melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax until liquid. Add the liquid to the dry powder and whisk to combine. Add essential oil, stir to blend and pour into a small jar. Let sit at room temperature to solidify (or you can pop the jar in the fridge to speed up the process).