DIY Cocoa and Shea Butter Deodorant
06 Feb 13
A recipe to create your own deodorant, free from antiperspirants or synthetic aromas. All you need is a handful of ingredients, a stove, a fridge and a few cooking utensils.
3 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp b cornstarch
2 tbsp cocoa butter
2 vitamina E capsules
2 drops essential oil of your choice
Combine all ingredients (except vitamin capsules and essential oils) into a saucepan. Heat all ingredients over medium heat. Once combine into a paste, turn off the heat and transfer to a small bowl. Add oil from vitamin E capsules and the essential oil and mix together into a smooth creamy paste. Put into an airtight container and chill in refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
To apply, take a small coin sized amount and roll into a ball with your fingers and apply to skin.
A simpler version, even if less durable, is a liquid deodorant based on bicarbonate, to apply with a spray bottle. Add 2 tsp of baking soda to a glass of water and let stand for 24 hours. Then strain the fluid and add a few drops of lemon juice, which will contribute to your daily freshness with its antibacterial properties.
The success of homemade deodorant also depends on the pH of your skin of each. This recipe therefore may not work for all skin types.
Sources: Greenme and Your Daily Thread
Watch the video here by Your Daily Thread.
Search the Slow Stories archive
Latest Slow Stories
25/11/2014 | A look back at an exciting meeting held at the SFYN stand during Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2014…
Sweden | 25/11/2014 | We bring you a recipe from Scandinavia that will be served up in Sweden this Terra Madre Day…
23/11/2014 | Join in on Terra Madre Day, the global celebration of local food on December 10 - this year with a focus on...
Germany | 19/11/2014 | Slow Food Germany’s school project against food waste…
18/11/2014 | An incredible look back at Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2014 in this broadcast from BBC Radio 4…