Every deodorant we have come across so far gives Firebeard a rash eventually. So far it has not mattered wether the deodorant is a major name brand, hypo-allergenic, all natural, or even organic. They have all eventually given him a rash. As a result I began researching natural deodorant ingredients to find out which ones might be the culprits. Through my research, and a bit of experimentation, I believe I have now come up with a recipie for deodorant that won’t give Firebeard a rash, and STILL WORKS!
I decided to share this recipe with you in the hope that it will help others out there who get deodorant rash. Enjoy, and please let me know if it works for you!
Everything Gives Me a Rash Deodorant
- 2 tbl coconut oil
- 1 tsp shea butter
- 1 tsp cocoa butter
- 2 capsules vitamin E (optional preservative)
- 1/2 cup + 3-4 tbl corn starch
- Melt solid/semi-solid butters in a double broiler (or microwave)
- Stir in liquid oils
- Remove from heat, and mix in 1/2 cup cornstarch
- Add up to 4 more tablespoons cornstarch to reach a firm consistency
Put this mixture into a container of your choice, (I used an old deodorant holder that I had cleaned out), and let it cool to room temperature before you use it. Ta-da! No more stinky, rashy pits.
So why no essential oil or baking soda?
I did not include baking soda because it has a slightly basic Ph, and human skin prefers neutral or slightly acidic Ph. If you have very sensitive skin, the basic Ph of baking soda can irritate it.
Likewise I did not include essential oils because they can be irritating to sensitive skin; however, some are gentler than others. Lavender is generally a good choice for sensitive skin, and tea tree oil, and neem oil will help keep stinky bacteria at bay, but try them in small amounts at first.
Perhaps I should also post the recipe for the deodorant I have made for myself as well, as I have insensitive underarm skin and my recipe is a bit different.
I will be taking off for memorial day, but with luck I will be back by Wednesday with more crafty goodness.