I have made my own deodorant for a while now and been quite pleased with it. Recently, I saw some posts about adding probiotics to your deodorant. I was skeptical that a probiotic could survive the temperatures and the long storage in coconut oil, which is supposed to be antibacterial. I filed it away in the back of my head to look at later.
I was recently looking through Green PolkaDot Box and I saw a coconut oil based deodorant with a probiotic ferment. It looked almost identical to my own recipe except for the probiotics and herbal extracts and they use a different essential oil combo. My curiosity was piqued and I saw an opportunity to perhaps move my husband away from commercial deodorant. He quit using antipersperant years ago, but he still uses commercial deodorant. He didn’t want to use my homemade deodorant because it was a paste that requires you apply it with your fingers and he prefers a stick. I decided to talk him into trying it, without telling him it was the same basic recipe as my own.
The brand is Nourish and they have two scents- Wild Greens and Orange Citrus. Jeff’s been using the Wild Greens and it has done well for him unless he’s doing manual labor. I’ve been using the Orange Citrus and it has held for me, even when I was doing manual labor. I tend to sweat more when I’m cold than when I’m hot, so this deodorant has gotten a workout since I received it a month ago and it’s done well.
The ingredients for the Wild Greens deodorant are:
Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Lavender, Organic Patchouli, Organic Vetiver Essential Oil Blend, Organic Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Organic Hibiscus Tillaceus (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Organic Spriaea Latifolia (Meadowsweet) Leaf Extract.
And the Orange Citrus contains:
Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil,Organic Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Organic Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil.
I will consider it to be a good option for times when I’m too busy to make my own deodorant or when I don’t have the ingredients on hand. If you’re interested in trying your own deodorant but you’re hesitant to invest in the ingredients necessary as shea butter and essential oils can be spendy, this would be a good option to see if it would work for you without the upfront expense.