I've loved making my own cleaning products so much that I decided to branch into personal care products. Now I'll never run out of things to blog about. Lucky you! he he.
Homemade deodorant is first on the list. I've used deodorant instead of antiperspirant on and off for years now to avoid aluminum. There isn't any conclusive evidence that aluminum in antiperspirant causes breast cancer or Alzheimer's, but I still like to avoid it. The only problem was the store-bought deodorant just wasn't cutting it. Most lately I've been using Tom's of Maine deodorant, but the only thing I could count on was smelling by the end of the day. So when I came across this recipe for homemade deodorant, I thought why not?
I've been using this recipe for a month and a half now and (drumroll, please). . . it really works! I'm AMAZED at how well it works. My husband with his super nose hasn't complained once. As if being smell-free wasn't its own reward, there's another perk. I don't have to worry about yellow underarm stains from antiperspirant on my white shirts anymore. Woot woot!
5 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or corn starch
essential oils (optional)
Mix the ingredients together with a fork until well combined.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal so it's a perfect ingredient for deodorant. I bought organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil for $8.99/15 fl oz in the cooking oil section of my local health food store, but you can also find it on Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs. The unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin part means more nutrients are going to be left in it to benefit your skin. The arrowroot powder/cornstarch helps absorb moisture.
Arrowroot Powder/Corn Starch: I used arrowroot powder instead of corn starch. I read some comments from people saying they thought corn starch works better, but arrowroot powder is more pure and less irritating. I think either option is fine. I found Bob's Mill arrowroot flour in the baking isle for $5.99/20 oz at my local health food store, but you can also find it on Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Baking Soda: Baking soda helps keep bacteria from growing.
Essential Oils: Essential oils aren't necessary, but they add extra antimicrobial action. Some of the best choices are tea tree, lavender, and rosemary essential oils. You can find essential oils at your local health food store, Amazon, or Moutain Rose Herbs.
I put the batch inside an old clean deodorant container, which works pretty well. Warning, coconut oil melts at 76 degrees! So if you use a deodorant container and your house gets over 76 degrees, you are going to have a big ol' leaky mess. Keeping it in a glass or plastic container might be a better option and just use your fingers to apply. Or you could keep it in the fridge.
What It Cost
$2.00 Coconut Oil
$0.35 Arrowroot Powder
$0.02 Baking Soda
$2.37 Grand Total for Whole Batch
$1.58 Grand Total for Amount that Fit into Deodorant Container (without essential oils)
Not bad. Usually that much antiperspirant would cost me about $3. A natural deodorant at the health food store would cost about $5. Here's to saving money and smelling great all day long!
If you use a commercial "natural" deodorant, does it work? Would you be willing to make the switch to homemade deodorant or is it too much trouble?
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