When I went to the essential oils class on Saturday with my mom, there was mention of homemade deodorant. I had never even thought of this, but was instantly interested and so was my mom. I hate using deodorant because of the possibility of getting breast cancer. That freaks me out. Of course as a child, I had no idea about this and put the stuff on like it was going out of style. I’ve since began using natural deodorant or sometimes just forgo it all together. Amazingly, I rarely have issues with odor anymore. I think the deodorant/antiperspirants I used in the past were actually somewhat to blame for smell.
Anyway, it’s funny because I bet my mom is writing a similar post. We were emailing each other all day at work talking about different recipes for homemade deodorant and how we were going to make them. We picked the elements from a couple of different ones that we liked and made a recipe from that.
I went to Target after work, which was awesome in and of itself. I forgot my hand sanitizer at work and I had to carry a basket. I felt like my hand was crawling with bacteria and viruses and it probably was. I was super uncomfortable, so I was basically running around the store finding what I need. To make matters worse, I had to call my mom to ask where the coconut oil was. I hate touching my phone when my hands are dirty. Then holding the phone up to my face, that’s just the worst!
Anyway, I found all the ingredients I needed. I got home and made an awesomely healthy tomato soup from tomato juice that my stepmother made and tomatoes given to us from K’s advisor, who has a lovely little garden. It was one of the best things I’ve ever made and it was almost entirely organic and fresh.
After that, I cleaned the kitchen because I just couldn’t handle the idea of making this deodorant with a kitchen messy from dinner! After it was up to my standards, I got everything together and set them on the counter and took a picture just for you:
For the homemade deodorant, you will need:
1/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of corn starch
1/2 cup of coconut oil (preferably organic and extra virgin) *If the smell of coconut is not your think, use refined coconut oil, a little less natural, but still just as good for this purpose. Also, coconut oil is not always easy to find. You can get it at this website that I just love and where I get most of my supplements: Swanson Vitamins.
1 glass container (or plastic if you don’t use the essential oil)
**Optional** You can add your favorite single essential oil to the mixture in order to give it a lovely smell and to add extra benefit. I used an orange essential, but you can use whatever you’d like. I used about 10 drops, per my mom 😉 It smells awesome.
This is seriously all you will need! Not only was this incredibly inexpensive to make, it is totally natural, so there’s no fear of dangerous parabens and aluminum.
Here’s how you put everything together:
1. Combine the baking soda and corn starch into a bowl.
2. Put the coconut oil in a sauce pan on very low heat for only enough time for it to get a more liquid consistency. If you’ve never used coconut oil before, be prepared for a unique experience. It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen. It melts at room temperature and hardens very quickly if cooled. Do not store it in the fridge.
3. Once the coconut is at a semi-liquid consistency, meaning not all of it is melted, add it to the baking soda and corn starch mixture and stir it together with a spatula. If you find the consistency to be too watery, add a tad more baking soda, or once it’s in the jar, just put it in the fridge for NO MORE than 5 minutes, otherwise it will get too hard.
4. When the 3 main ingredients are combined, add essential oil if you want. About 10 drops should do it. Mix it thoroughly.
5. Finally, put it in the jar and it’s ready to use! Apply with your fingers to the armpit area, preferably after showering.
FYI, the little streak on the side of the jar is driving me nuts now that I see it…
I am not that crafty, but this was really easy and fun to make. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m willing to try it if it means forgoing store bought crap and saving $$!
Thank you as always for reading.