I have a confession- I'm one of those people that always had deodorant problems. Israel is HOT in the summer, and I’m not the kind of person who sits near the air conditioning waiting for the summer to be over. I hike, bike, run, sell my products at artist fair, and too quickly I end up the day like a blob of sweat. When I served in the army, it was even worse- I served as border police in Jerusalem, which means that during two full years, I guarded the streets of Jerusalem 8 hours every day.

I have tried every kind of deodorant I could find back then, and nothing really gave a good result- it didn’t stop the... you know, natural smell of sweat, and I couldn’t stand the synthetic perfumes of the products I tried.
When I stumbled across a natural deodorant recipe, I was REALLY sceptical, which of course was the reason why I tried it.
I was surprised by the result. It wasn’t perfect, but the result was very similar to a regular deodorant, and on top of that, now I was able to customise the deodorant’s smell. I changed the recipe with time and experience, and now I can happily say that I’m absolutely satisfied with the result. Even after a long trek, there is no trace of sweat smell.

I have found that two main ingredients help reduce the smell:
One is the baking soda, which absorbs scents very efficiently.
The second is using essential oils smartly- in addition to their scent, essential oils have many beneficial properties. Sweat's smell isn’t actually made by the body, but by bacteria that we have on the skin. I found out that when using antibacterial essential oils, even in small amounts, the body smell is reduced significantly for a long time.

The recipe

2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. cocoa butter
114 grams of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Optional- if you have a coffee/spice grinder, I recommend you to grind the baking soda, it will make the deodorant creamier
85 grams of corn starch
4 tbsp. coconut oil
20-30 drops of essential oils (see explanation below)
1 tbsp. Kaolin clay- optional, but I recommend using it. Kaolin clay absorbs sweat and impurities from the skin.
1 tsp. vitamin E

Gently heat the base oils in the microwave, and add them to the dry ingredients. Mix well, and add the essential oils. Put in cosmetic jars (or ordinary glass jars)- it will fill between 3-5 jars of 50 ml.

A few notes-

* Which essential oils to use?
The possibilities are endless, but as I said, I recommend using antibacterial oil in your mixture. I like using tea tree oil. Other options are sage, pine, etc. please note that antibacterial essential oils usually are stronger (both in smell and properties) than other oils, so use them along with other oils. For example, I typically use in this recipe
15 drops of lavender essential oil
8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
7 drops of tea tree essential oil

* Keep in mind that the texture of the deodorant will change depending on the room temperature. You can tinker with the oils if you like- try replacing some of the oils with Shea butter, avocado oil or sweet almond oil to find which texture do you like more, but if you want the deodorant to stay in a creamy texture, I recommend using about 70% hard oils (for example coconut oil and cocoa butter) and 30% liquid oils (almond oil, olive oil, etc.). Too many hard oils will produce a hard recipe, and too many liquid oils will create a liquid formula.

* As always, when using a new cosmetic recipe, try it first in small amounts in case you’re sensitive to some of the ingredients- baking soda, and essential oils can cause skin irritation to some people; it's rare, but better safe as sorry, right?

Have fun!