Deodorant, Orange-Lime

Commercial deodorants contain preservatives, which are all the “nasties” of the chemicals:  neurotoxins, carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

Aluminum is put in antiperspirants to clog your pores so you don’t sweat.  It has been positively linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and interferes with our estrogen levels, raising the risk of breast and prostate cancers.

Parabens act as estrogen and have been linked to breast and prostate cancers.

Steareths are carcinogens and dioxanes.

Triclosan is a pesticide that, when combined with water can become a carcinogenic gas.

Propylene Glycol can mess with the nervous system.

These chemicals have been “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the FDA since they are used as preservatives.  No scientific studies have been done on the long-term effects, but since the cases of cancers, central nervous system diseases, Alzheimer’s and hormone imbalances are higher than ever before, I think it is a no-brainer.

This is my favourite solid deodorant recipe.  I like my deodorants a little softer than the really hard commercial ones that leave your armpits feeling as though they have rope burn!  So this recipe was a hit, although it was an experiment with the candelilla wax (instead of beeswax) for a vegan and non-allergenic option and the coconut oil added for extra bacteria-fighting power!

This is my favourite solid deodorant recipe.  I like my deodorants a little softer than the really hard commercial ones that leave your armpits feeling as though they have rope burn!  So this recipe was a hit, although it was an experiment with the candelilla wax (instead of beeswax) for a vegan and non-allergenic option and the coconut oil added for extra bacteria-fighting power!

Whether you decide to use beeswax or candelilla wax, both are moisturizing and nourishing for your skin.  Candelilla wax comes from a cactus native to Mexico and Texas and stays hydrated in the hot, dry desert.   It has a similar, but gentler sweet smell to beeswax.  (I am a fan.)

Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is a skin-nourishing and moisturizing powerhouse — and it smells really, really good. 😀

Vanilla-infused jojoba wax can be made by placing two organic vanilla beans in one litre of jojoba wax.  Jojoba wax is technically a wax, although it is a liquid and sometimes called jojoba oil.   It is non-reactive, meaning that there have been no recorded reactions from using jojoba wax.  It is great to use as a carrier oil for a massage oil, perfume base and roll-ons.

Both sweet orange essential oil and steam-distilled lime essential oil have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, and antioxidant properties, are soothing for the digestive system and have uplifting aromas.  Five drops of sweet orange essential oil and steam distilled lime essential oil may be added in either one ounce of unscented cream or one ounce of coconut oil to be rubbed on the belly and lower back for gastrointestinal issues, such as IBS or stomach flu.

1 oz (28 g) Candelilla Wax (or Beeswax)

1 oz (28 g) Coconut Oil

3 oz (84 g) Vanilla-Infused Jojoba Wax

25 drops sweet orange essential oil

25 drops steam-distilled lime essential oil

  1.  Bring one inch of water to a boil in a small saucepan, turn the heat to a  low simmer.
  2. Place the candelilla wax (or beeswax) in a 2-cup measuring cup and place the measuring cup in the water, stirring occasionally.
  3.  When it is melted, add the coconut oil to the candelilla wax or beeswax.
  4. When the coconut oil is melted, add the jojoba wax.
  5. When all three carriers are melted, remove from the heat.
  6. Add the essential oils.
  7. Pour into the deodorant containers.  Place the caps onto the containers loosely, until the deodorant has hardened.  (If you leave the caps off, the essential oils will evaporate because of the heat.)
  8. Because there are no chemicals, you may need to use the deodorant more than once a day, but because there are no harmful compounds, you can use as often as needed.
  9. The deodorant will last for about six months (or until it starts smelling funky).