I believe in sweating. I do.
Sweating is ok, body odor isn’t. While I have used deodorant, as opposed to anti-perspirant for many years now, I can’t say that I have been all that pleased with any of them. Paying upwards of $7 a stick at the health food store, the deodorant is mediocre, at best. I just learned to live with it, washing a re-applying after a half day in the summer.
When I saw this recipe for homemade deodorant on the internet, I was skectical. Yet, after a few minutes of thought about the ingredients, I couldn’t think of how it wouldn’t be worth a try. Before I recommended it to anyone, I wanted to try it myself……and I love it. And the cost? Well, for me it didn’t cost anything because I already had all of this. My rough estimate would be about $1-1.25 per batch though.
Recipe for Homemade Deodorant
6-8 tablespoons of coconut oil ( I happen to keep extra-virgin in the kitchen so that’s what I used)
***Coconut oil has all kinds of healing properties and happens to be an antibacterial. Can’t go wrong there. For more facts about what coconut oil can do for you, go here. I used it to clear up a nasty baby bottom yeast infection years ago that nothing else would work on. For further reading,” The Coconut Miracle” is an excellent book and can be ordered through The Morristribe Amazon bookstore below and to the right.
1/4 cup baking soda ( I used Aldi brand)
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
10-20 drops of tea tree essential oil ( I used 10 drops of tea tree, 10 drops of lavender)
I melted the coconut oil in a microwavable measuring cup to get an accurate measurement. Then I poured it in a bowl to sit.
Mix the baking soda and arrowroot together in a bowl.
Pour the coconut oil in with the dry ingredients and mix.
This is the consistency I got. The warmer it is, the more liquid-ish your deodorant will be. No sweat ( pun intended). I wouldn’t advise putting it in an old deodorant container, it will melt right out once the temperature in the house is above 70 degrees or so.
It was admittedly a bit weird to apply it with my fingers, but after a couple of days it wasn’t a big deal. You just have to wash your hands and under your nails afterwards.
I LOVE this recipe! Anyone else ever try this recipe or something like it?
***You may want to try this on a small area to check for skin sensitivity and if you are on meds, make sure coconut oil is ok to use with your Dr.