Deodorant Recipe – Wendy Staggs Dumas

I have been working on a deodorant recipe for about 3 years. I have tried a ton of different mixes and active ingredients but this year seems to be the magic one. Deodorant is like shampoo bars and the effectiveness seems to depend on the person using it. This is a base recipe that seems to work for the most people in my tester group. The active ingredient is zinc oxide and it is important to use NON NANO. Your supplier will have that information so please check. Here it is:

  • 5% beeswax
  • 20% coconut oil
  • 45% arrowroot powder or corn starch ( I use a mix of 25 arrowroot and 20 cornstarch personally but it will work with all arrowroot or all cornstarch)
  • 20% zinc oxide
  • 8% baking soda
  • 2% eo blend of choice (I like lemon/lavadin mix or lemongrass) Make sure you check your eo for safe dilution rates and adjust this % accordingly. My pits never see the sun but citrus eos make your skin photosensitive so if you wear a lot of sleeveless shirts or such then use citrus eos with caution.
  1. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil.
  2. Sift the powders together to get out any lumps.
  3. Mix it all together and add your eo blend.

I make small 1 oz batches so I do not use preservatives.
This goes on like a moist powder. It will clump in your armpit if you use too much.
Cornstarch makes a thinner consistency. Some people are sensitive to baking soda and you can leave it out and sub extra arrowroot or cornstarch.
If you leave out the beeswax and add an extra 5% coconut oil it will be a more cream consistency.
I have also used charcoal instead of zinc oxide and I didn’t personally care for it but some of my testers prefer charcoal instead of zinc oxide. This recipe is super easy to customize. I try to keep it at about a 25/75 oil to powder ratio and that seems to work best for the most people.

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