Avoiding anti-perspirant? I don’t blame you. I haven’t touched the stuff in years. Once I really became convinced that the aluminum in it could legitimately be linked to breast cancer. Though I gave up anti-perspirant, I didn’t give up deodorant. I still didn’t want to smell and feel sticky. I felt better knowing that I wasn’t using aluminum, but I still didn’t know and couldn’t pronounce most ingredients on the back of my deodorant, which still made me uneasy. And the natural stuff is just so expensive…
Recently I found recipes online for homemade deodorant. This is wonderful because we have all of the ingredients on hand. I have been using my homemade deodorant now for a few months, and I love it! Hubby uses it, and loves it too actually! It absorbs perspiration well and leaves me non-smelly!
- 3 T Coconut Oil — CO is a natural base for the deodorant. Not to worry, I never feel like I smell like coconut. It seems to neutralize quickly.
- 1/4 c. Corn starch or Arrowroot – I have been using corn starch because we have it on hand. And I’ve been pretty anti using corn in foods lately, so this seems like the best place to use it. I will switch to arrowroot once we finish this box of corn starch though. — From what I have read, this is used to soften the texture created by the baking soda.
- 1/4 c. Baking soda — Baking soda is a natural cleaning agent, and it absorbs moisture.
- 10 drops essential oils (scent of your choice), optional — Pure essential oils have anti-bacterial properties. Plus they just add a bit of scent.
- Mix them all together in one big bowl! Then spoon them into an empty deodorant holder or a small tin or jar.
- That’s it.
So easy! Because of the coconut oil base, on a hot Texas summer day, say in August, the deodorant may start to sweat or appear to melt. Just stick in the fridge for a bit. Most of the year, all should be good! If you are not in the heat of summer and the deodorant still appears sweaty, you may need to add a bit more baking soda and corn starch.
Just predicting this question from y’all…
Q: Does the coconut oil leave a mark on your clothes?
A: It hasn’t for me. The ratio of baking soda and corn starch to coconut oil should be enough that it absorbs the oil.
Have you tried making your own deodorant? What’s your experience?