So, I originally tried making my own homemade deodorant a couple months back and was initially happy with the results. It was pretty easy to make and I was very pleased with the consistency since it felt like store-bought deodorant. However, after a couple weeks, it just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I was feelin’ like a stinky hippie! So, what did I do? I kept using it. After all, I had a whole 5-6 months supply of the stuff and I am not one to be wasteful. BUT- I did eventually get tired of being stinky, so I decided a change was in order. Since I refuse to wear aluminum-containing commercial deodorant, I did a little more research. I found the simplest homemade deodorant recipe ever: coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch.
The exact measurements are as follows:
6 TBS Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup each of baking soda and cornstarch
Just mix ’em all together til they make a creamy paste, then scoop it into a covered container. You can add essential oil if you like.
I just made a small amount to try it out, but as soon as I get my hands on an empty deodorant container, I plan to make a whole batch of it (or, I may just put it in a lip balm tube, which I think would work just as well). I should note that if the bathroom gets real hot and steamy, the deodorant WILL melt. Likewise, if you leave it on the windowsill and try to use it at 5 AM, it will most likely be frozen. Even in warm climates like my own 😉
I have been so pleased with the performance of this very simple deodorant! It keeps me dry AND when I sweat, I smell like coconut! 😉 I found the recipe on Passionatehomemaking.com, a fantastic resource for living simply and naturally, as well as providing encouragement for using your gifts as a homemaker to serve your family the way the Lord intends! Wonderful, wonderful Website! The page I’ve linked to gives several uses for coconut oil as a replacement for and ingredient in several beauty products.
Read here to find out about my experiment with coconut oil as a hair masque!