I went looking again this morning and found another recipe that I think might be the ticket. First published by Angry Chicken, this deodorant recipe has both shea butter and cocoa butter in it with the cornstarch and baking soda (both in smaller amounts). My hope is that the moisturizing and healing properties of the butters will combat the drying action of the cornstarch and the abrasive nature of the baking soda. Geez! I've spent too much time thinking this through! LOL
Anyway, here is the deodorant recipe I will be making.
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 vitamin E oil gel caps, optional
Essential Oil, optional (I will probably use TTO and lavendar.)
Nuke the butters, baking soda and cornstarch in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until smooth. Add in the vitamin E oil (squeezed from the gel cap) and Essential Oil if using those. Pour into a small jar. Place in refrigerator to harden. Makes about 1/4 cup.
The downside of my new plan is that I don't have cocoa butter or shea butter. I took care of that with one quick Amazon order and now I'll be making my own deodorant in 5-8 days! =)