Mr Scraps and I ditched store-brought deodorant a while ago after I developed a rash using a popular brand roll on . Mr Scraps had issues with a few popular brands too, and after reading some scientific papers linking some of the ingredients in popular brand name deodorants and antiperspirants with cancers and dementia we were both keen to find a natural alternative.
It took a bit of experimenting but we’ve found a few recipes that really work, cost next to nix to make and best of all don’t contain any nasty chemicals.
I make up two versions because Mr Scraps found my version (which uses baking soda) irritated his skin quite badly. Plus he likes his to have a “man stink” while I prefer a citrus scent.
Ms Scraps Homemade Deodorant
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot flour or cornstarch
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon shea butter (optional)
5 grams beeswax (optional)
10 drops essential oil ( I like tea tree or lemon but use whatever you like, or you can leave this out for a fragrance free version ).
A jar, tin or other container that will hold a smidgen over half a cup of liquid.
To make: Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a heatproof bowl. You can do this in the microwave or place the bowl over a saucepan of water on the stovetop.
Add the other ingredients stirring until you get a smooth runny paste.
Pour into your jar and leave to set.
To used just scoop out a pea sized amount (you could use a spoon but I just use my fingers) and rub under your armpits.
Mr Scraps B.S. Free Man Stink
For baking soda free version simply replace the baking soda for either diatomaceous earth or benotite clay. Mr Scraps likes sandalwood oil or frankensence oil for fragrance.
In really hot weather it might go a little liquidy so make sure you use a leak proof container if you’re travelling. The beeswax does stop this a bit.
If it’s really cold it’ll go hard. I just scrap some off the top. It melts from your bodysuit once you rub it on.