So, I’ve read on blogs in the past that people make their own deodorant out of ingredients from their kitchen cupboards, but I never got everything together until recently, and I am so glad I did. I found this recipe on a blog after doing a simple google search for natural homemade deodorant, it was simple, had lots of glowing recommendations, and only needed 3 ingredients, 2 of which I already had, and one I picked up at our local grocery store.
Can I just say that it is the best deodorant ever. Honestly, I’ve used Secret and Dove, and they all worked fine, but I’ve was always a bit uncomfortable using them because of the health issues linked with aluminum which is used in most deodorants to suppress perspiration.
I’ve tried the natural deodorants sold in Capers, Whole Foods or Organic Planet, but was always disappointed. They didn’t work as well as the chemical ridden ones sold everywhere, plus they were very expensive. I’ve tried a brand made by a local company, but didn’t have much luck with that one either. I did buy one on ETSY, and while it totally worked, it was $11 USD when you include the cost of shipping, and I’m just not prepared to pay that much for deodorant.
So, I made my own. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks already, and it totally works. The recipe is a little tweaked from the one I’ve linked to above, based on previous peoples comments and experiences.
For mine, I mixed together 4 tbsp baking soda, 4 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp shea butter, a few drops of lavender essential oil, and 5-6 tbsp coconut oil. I found the coconut oil in the health food section of our grocery store, and it was about $9 for 16 oz. You can also use it in cooking, which I have yet to do, but will eventually get around to.
I mixed all the ingredients together and poured the mixture into an old deodorant container. Apparently coconut oil is solid like shortening until the room temperature is 76 degrees, but mine melted before that, so I just keep the deodorant in the fridge. It totally works. Ask Eran, because I make him smell my armpits pretty much every night to see that it actually works as well as I think it does. It’s not an antiperspirant, but hey, you’re supposed to sweat, it’s natural.
So if you’ve tried the natural deodorants and been disappointed, try this.
Edited to add – I’ve experienced a bit of a red itchy rash about 3 weeks in, which I was anticipating because of some of the comments on the original recipe post. Apparently some people can have a reaction to the baking soda – it can be too harsh for some.
So, I made some changes, and now I’m going to try this recipe and see how I do:
I tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp shea butter.
We’ll see how it goes!