Herbal Deodorant

I am on a challenging quest, and it is two-fold: to replace my current health and beauty products by making them myself with natural, responsibly-sourced plant materials AND to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that comes into my house.

My dream would be that my workshop would be a place where people would come and get their facial bars, shampoo bars, herbal soap concentrates, refill their deodorants and cleaning sprays and grind their grains into flour or perhaps make oils that they need. This already functions at my herbarium on a small community scale, but I see this as a service that more people could benefit from.

So, little by little, step by step, I am pushing forward to realize this dream. Here is my next piece of the puzzle: Krista’s Herbs Herbal Deodorant.

For right now, it is in a plastic, refillable deodorant tube. My next step will be to make the deodorant in a small glass jar so that it can be applied with your fingertips. I’m curious how many of you would be willing to take that big leap from a normal store-bought deodorant to a natural one that you apply with your fingers? Please let me know. I’d like to start working on it right away!

This deodorant is easily applied, smells great and works well. It is suuuuuper good for your skin and is easily refillable.

A small anecdote: I am currently in hospital (more on that in a later post) and all of us on my ward played ping-pong yesterday for an hour. It was quite vibrant and my herbal deo didn’t let me down.

My recipe is made with sustainably-resourced plant materials, beeswax from our village beekeeper, locally made essential oils and butters and loads of good intentions and love!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) Mango Butter
  • 1/2 cup (105 g) Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) Beeswax
  • 1 cup (120g) Arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 20-30 drops essential oil

Let’s get started:

In a double boiler (or a pot nestled in a larger pot filled with a bit of water) over medium heat, add the oils, butters and beeswax. 

Stir until the beeswax and butters melt and are fully incorporated.

Remove from the heat.

Add the essential oils, and Vitamin E oil. Stir.

Add in the arrowroot powder. Mix well untill fully incorporated.

Pour into clean deodorant containers.

Recipe fills 4 deodorant tubes

Krista’s Herbs Deodorant Range

Herbal Deodorant: This one is the most effective if you are exercising or off on a busy day and want to feel fresh all day

Recipe: 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender and sage

Citrus Deodorant: This one smells like lemon meringue pie!

Recipe:15 drops each of yuzu (or lemon) and lemon verbena

Pure Deodorant: I made one with no scent for those who prefer fragrance-free products

Recipe: replace mango butter with avocado butter and do not add any essential oils

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