Cacao Mint Coconut Deodorant

Commercial deodorants can contain some nasty stuff like aluminum (linked to cancer and alzheimer's disease), parabens (hormone disrupters), artificial fragrances, propylene glycol (can cause damage to the nervous system in large quantities), phthalates (hormone disrupters), triclosan (considered carcinogenic).  I mean yes, they make you not smell or sweat, but sweating is normal and healthy, your body uses it to rid itself of toxins as well as cool itself. And, there are natural ways to combat that funky smell.  I used this commercial deodorant for the first 20 years of my life, but then learned what I was exposing myself to, so I decided to switch to natural brands.  I have the mentality, if I wouldn't want to eat something I wouldn't want to put it on my skin, because that is pretty much what you are doing when you put things on your skin.  Your skin is absorbing what you put on it and it is going into your cells and bloodstream.  This is actually why I started making my own deodorant a few years back.  It is kind of fun, and I can choose what flavors I like.  I use essential oils to scent it.

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I always use a coconut base, but I have been experimenting lately and decided to try adding a little cacao butter in with the coconut oil I always use since it works wonderful in body care products.  It gave the deodorant a chocolate aroma.  I decided to add mint to it, since it is refreshing and mint is a scent that I like during the warmer months.  It is sort of cooling and energizing. So, perfect for a warm morning to apply before or after your workout, which is when I use it.

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I bet you are asking, but does this deodorant work?  Why yes it does!  I sweat a lot.  In the summer there is a puddle underneath me when I stop running while I do my stretching. So, I can definitely tell if it works.  It keeps any bad smell coming from my arm pits from happening.  Just sayin.  Not only that, it smells good when I start to sweat because the essential oils are warmed up. So yes, it works very well.  If you want to be kind to your body, try making some for yourself, it is really easy.

Cacao Mint Coconut Deodorant

Cacao Mint Coconut Deodorant

3 Tbsp raw coconut oil, warmed to liquid
1 Tbsp cacao butter, warmed to liquid
1/4  cup arrowroot powder
5 peppermint essential oil
1 Tbsp baking soda*

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together, then pour into an empty deodorant container, or what I do, since I don't have deodorant containers, pour it into a couple of silicone cupcake molds.  Place in the refrigerator until it firms up, about an hour.  I actually like to store mine in the refrigerator, it makes it really refreshing when you put it on in the morning.  Note, it will be more solid if kept refrigerated.
*Note, some people are sensitive to baking soda on their skin, if this is you, leave it out.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. Frankie
    May 22, 2016 at 14:37

    hi there! I have been looking for a good home made deodorant for a while, now. I thought I had a recipe , but it almost tore my skin off when I was applying it!. I even bought the deodorant applicators ! My question is does this deodorant stain your clothes ? I'm concerned because of the oils/cacao butter in it. Have a great day!!

    • May 22, 2016 at 16:35

      I have been making ones like this for 2 years and love them. It could get on your clothes if you use too much, but it definitely doesn't stain. If it ever gets on my clothes it washes right out. Most of the time though if I am careful putting it on it is fine.

  2. Jane Smith
    November 16, 2016 at 16:28

    Oh my goodness!! This deodorant smells sooo wonderful! It's the best I've ever tried! I make it for my husband and kids too! The only thing I want to change is how quickly it melts and starts dripping onto my shirt when I apply it. (It is kept in the fridge too). And ideas on how I can alter the recipe to keep it from melting? Maybe add more cocoa butter? I love this combination of ingredients, so if I can keep them and maybe change amounts up a bit to keep it from melting then it'll be perfect. ;)

    • November 16, 2016 at 23:52

      Cocoa butter melts less quickly than coconut oil, so that might work or maybe a little more arrowroot. Do you store it in the refrigerator? I store mine in the refrigerator so it stays really solid, and don't apply too much so I never have problems with it dripping. You just need a little on the surface of the skin for it to work :).

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