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The Ultimate Deodorant Base

April 27, 201564 Comments

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Beauty , EO Life , Wellness
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I'm more than excited to share this recipe with you!  The time has come for a universal deodorant base that along with a few well chosen essential oils addresses odor, perspiration AND beautiful skin, it really is the ultimate! And here we are again, in the pursuit of the perfect DIY deodorant. The quest is worth it, knowing the ingredients is worth it, making a few extra to share with family and friends is so worth it!  Why, you ask?  Because most commercial deodorants contain highly questionable ingredients like aluminum that promote cancer and Alzheimer's, clog your pores with bacteria {therefore you stink} and block the body's natural detox mechanisms.  Did you know there are approximately 50 lymph nodes under your arms and in close proximity to the breasts? "When you take a second to think about deodorants – antiperspirants in particular – the problem seems rather simple and self-explanatory. We apply deodorant to our armpits to block smells. But why does our body sweat in the first place? Sweating occurs as one of the body’s prime efforts to detox. So, if we’re preventing the detox, where are we sending the toxins that our bodies are trying so hard to flush out? The answer is the lymph system, which is the bodies defense against infection. Cancer is also frequently spread throughout the body when cancerous cells break off from a tumor and travel to another location in the body through the lymph system. Basically, the lymph systems works by trapping the bad stuff and flushing it out frequently via our pits. When the glands in our armpits are blocked, our breasts are right there to take in the toxins. Antiperspirants have been linked to breast cancer." Throw away the commercial stuff, question the "all natural" commercial stuff and never look back!  Moving on... My R & D team included humans in different stages of life; a woman of a certain age {hello, I'm hormonal}, my middle age BFF and co-inventor {also hormonal}, her teenage son {awesome adolescent with severe allergies} and my daughter {thirty something}. We all used different essential oil combinations in the same base and all of us L O V E D the feel and most importantly, the results!
What's in it? Not baking soda!
While baking soda is a good deodorizer it's hard on sensitive areas like pits, my preference is, ARROWROOT.  Arrowroot powder or starch is derived from the powdered root of a large, perennial herb. It's most often used as a culinary thickener, it's silky smooth, fine texture becomes a wonderfully, comfortable absorbing agent in deodorant! I use the purest COCONUT OIL I know of.  It's organic, glyphosate tested, unrefined and virgin. I use this same high quality CO in all of my salves and balms sold in the CW Shop as well, it's good stuff and not worth scrimping on! What a wonder this SHEA BUTTER is!  It's a natural source of vitamins A and E, packed with essential fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory and of course, naturally moisturizing. A high-quality Shea Butter can also help encourage collagen production and I'm all for that. Don't forget the BEESWAX PASTILLES, not many realize how many health benefits organic, unbleached beeswax offers. Not only does it give body to skin care products, beeswax is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and acts as a humectant, drawing moisture in.  Beeswax is a natural source of vitamin A, beneficial for cell regeneration. ROSEHIP SEED OIL is one of the ingredients I'm most excited about!  RSO contains lots of essential fatty acids and one of it's more fascinating characteristics is the "dry oil" benefit!  Because Rose Hip Seed Oil soaks right into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, it's perfect in a deodorant formulation. Last but not least, VITAMIN E is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals. It's also a nice choice for a preservative!

empty jar final

I recommend making the entire base recipe, it's large I know, then storing what you don't use initially, in the refrigerator in a glass or PET jar.  

Let's face it, it's never convenient to run out of deodorant and making your own is time consuming. Trust me on this, make one large batch and have it at the ready, this way you'll be prepared to refill your containers, experiment with essential oil preferences and, SAVE TIME!  This deodorant base will last up to a year if kept in the refrigerator. A deodorant base may seem "outside the box" but it's so darn practical, I know it works and I'm confident in recommending it!  As you can see in the photo above, one of my jars of base is empty now but my refills for using and sharing are lined up on the counter cooling :)
    Favorite Tested Essential Oil Combinations!
    {per 1 oz container}

    Each 1 oz container has a total of 30 drops of essential oils give or take a drop or two. In our experience, not only does this EO ratio successfully assist perspiration and body odor it's also a one step application for immunity boosting, hormone balancing and thyroid assisting benefits depending on your blend!  It may be helpful to know that 1 ounce equals 30ml. I'm confident this is a good dilution rate for deodorant!

    My Favorite!  (thyroid assist)
    10 drops Geranium 10 drops Clove 10 drops Frankincense  
    Whole Family Favorite!  (teens too!)
    25 drops Thieves type blend 10 drops Frankincense  
    Guy Favorite!
    10 drops Spearmint 10 drops Lime 10 drops Frankincense  
    Women's Blend (hormonal)
    7 drops Clary Sage 7 drops Lavender 7 drops Ylang Ylang 10 drops Frankincense  
    Helpful Tips!
    Don't limit yourself!  CW's Ultimate Deodorant Base can double as a mild and natural sunscreen (shea butter and coconut oil have an SPF 6 rating), moisturizer and lip balm. With essential oils added the deodorant base becomes an excellent healer too! This feels like a long post with a lot of information but once you jump in you'll see how simple and wonderful it is to make! If you'd like to try CW's Ultimate Deodorant Base ready made, I'm happy to help! The CW Shop now offers a package deal! 4 ounces of Ultimate Deodorant Base and FOUR 1 oz push-up deodorant sticks, as seen in the photo above!
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    Iman Essam

    May 30, 2017 at 03:53pm

    Dear Rebecca, many thanks for your fabulous recipes. I’m thrilled to try this deodorant for my friend with breast cancer. The problem is I don’t have access to Clary Sage essential oil in my country Egypt, so what are your suggestions for a good alternative please? But even worse, arrowroot powder is unavailable anywhere in Egypt, so do you think baking soda would largely affect the outcome?
    Again, your kind sharing of such useful and precious information and recipes is highly appreciated.
    May God bless you and your family


    May 10, 2017 at 11:48am

    Thank you! A recipe I’m finally interested in trying. Baking soda just doesn’t go with my sensitive skin so this looks wonderful. I have been making my own lotions face serums and natural cleaners for about a year now. I’ve been trying to eliminate many chemicals from my every day life as I have a rare blood disorder that can be effected by all those things.


    May 10, 2017 at 11:48am

    Thank you Rebecca! I made your naked salve recipe to the letter and it has been awesome. I understand the learning-curve and will proceed with caution into the hot weather we expect later this week.


    May 10, 2017 at 11:48am

    Dale, thank you for your kind comment! I’m hopeful it will stay solid for you, it’s remained in a sold state for all of us who have tested it and traveled with it. However, there could be a learning curve and possibly a different outcome when you make your own depending on brands of ingredients used. The recipe is very similar to my salves, it’s an easy recipe especially after the first go round!


    May 10, 2017 at 11:48am

    Yippee! Thank you! I’ve been using EO and coconut oil as my DIY deodorant for a year. It works but is solid in cooler months and liquid the remainder of the year which can be tricky to travel with. I’ve been using all your suggestions for blends and enjoying creating my own too. Baking soda was definitely a painful experiment. In your experience – does this recipe keep the mixture more solid at higher temps? Enough to use in a push-up container? Thank you for all your posts and products!

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