Homemade alum roll-on deodorant

One day I received a roll-on deodorant from my good friend who is doing all her cosmetics home-made. Using it was not any different from an usual one bought from a supermarket. Maybe the scent was more intense although that was not a bad thing. Efficiency was however great.
In the meantime I have tried my own recipes, but not on roll-on. I have tried a solid one based on sodium bicarbonate that work fine for 12 hours with only the drawback that was staining the clothes. It was washable but it wasn't very appealing during the day to wear it.
Of course I have remembered my good old friend and put my hand on the phone. She provided me this recipe, I've tried it and used it for some weeks already and I can only say that this is the ONE. The one that I a going to do and use from now on. I'll never again be back on bought deodorants from supermarkets and that is a decision I made long time ago. Of course there are alternatives that I also appreciated over time, like buying the ones proposed in bio shops or alum stones but they are expensive.
I remember my first impression when I have seen the recipe: where on Earth I am going to find these ingredients? They are not very common and you can find them here in Belgium mainly in specialized shops for DIY cosmetics. Internationally, I found some interesting online shops that can help.
Let's take them one by one and see what these weird ingredients are for.
The xanthan gum is a thickener. That gives a jelly texture to the deodorant.
The alum powder fights against multiplication of bacteria so also the unpleasant smell. It is 100% natural and can be used also by people with allergic reactions or sensitive skin.
The sage essential oil has multiple roles. It serves as a preservative, it protects against microbes and it provides a lovely aroma.
The mint essential oil comes with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
The cosgard is only used for preservation. This ingredient allows your deodorant to be kept for 3 months without other unwanted bacteria to be developed.

Now that we understand why these ingredients are crucial for our recipe, just have a look on the directions bellow and ...  That's it! You have your own home-made deodorant!

  • 46ml distilled water (or mint/rosemary water)
  • 0.5mg Xanthan gum
  • 3.5g alum powder
  • 5 drops sage essential oil
  • 5 drops mint essential oil
  • 13 drops cosgard

  1. In a ceramic bowl add the water and xanthan gum. Use a milk foamer mixer to combine these 2 ingredients together. 
  2. Add the alum powder,  then the essential oils and the cosgard. 
  3. Mix everything well.
  4. Put this composition in a glass recipient of 50ml (it must be glass as essential oils might melt plastic bottles).


Gabi said...

I am so glad you like DIY cosmetics! And every week, I thank you for teaching me how to make sourdough bread. There is no bread that I like better, than the one I can make myself, using the little sourdough jar!

Keep up the god job :)

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