I finally took the plunge and made my own deodorant. My husband is under strict orders to give me his honest feedback on whether or not it works. This is my variation on a recipe that I have seen in many forms around the internet, so I have high hopes.
Here in South Texas, our coconut oil tends to be liquid at room temperature this time of year. Keeping my deodorant in the fridge is kind of inconvenient, as it is for most people I imagine. So I added some carnauba wax to keep it solid at room temperature.
Tea Tree Oil Deodorant
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup baking soda
8 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp carnauba wax
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops peppermint
I used a pyrex measuring cup in a pot of water to warm the coconut oil and melt the carnauba wax. Once the oil and wax mixture was completely liquid, I removed from heat and let sit at room temperature. I then added the arrowroot powder and baking soda and mixed well. I then added the tea tree oil and peppermint and mixed the deodorant by hand. I kneaded the mixture like playdough to distribute the oils. I then transferred to a glass jar and stored in the fridge overnight to cool completely. The deodorant was then stored at room temperature.
For daily use, a small amount (dime size) is removed and warmed in the palm. Deodorant is then rubbed into the skin under the arms. This is not an antiperspirant, so it will not prevent sweating. But the deodorizing and antibacterial properties of the ingredients will keep you from smelling bad. I added peppermint essential oil as an added scent, but any scent can be added to personalize the deodorant.