Coconut Oil Deodorant
ANOTHER unbelievably simple answer to avoiding chemical laden personal products! I’ve seen “recipes” for making your own deodorant all over the web, but I can credit this post at crunchybetty.com for somehow shoving my rear into gear and finally DOING IT! She also gives a review on how it has worked for her a few months after she started using it, which was very informative, as well as humorous! It will take you mere minutes and 4 ingredients to make your own and feel better about what you’re putting on your body!
Here’s What you’ll need:
*1/4 C Baking Soda
*1/4 C Organic Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder (I used Cornstarch this time, will be trying with Arrowroot as well)
*10 drops of Essential Oils of your choice
Have I mentioned this is TOO EASY? Just measure the Baking Soda and Cornstarch and put both into an 8oz canning jar. Melt the coconut oil in another jar by filling a pot with a few inches of water and heating the jar slowly on the stove (I just prefer this to the microwave). Then add 5 tablespoons of the melted Coconut Oil to the Baking Soda and Cornstarch mixture and stir. Add the essential oil of your choice for scent. I used Coriander Oil this time, because it was all I had left, and I wanted to make this TODAY, but you can use any number of oils and combinations. Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Tea Tree Oil are a few I’ve seen mentioned frequently. From my reading, I’ve found that 9 or 10 drops is about the right amount.
You can stop here, let it set a bit and just use the deodorant out of the jar, applying by hand…OR you can go a step further and put it into an empty deodorant container. The mixture will harden once the coconut oil sets. The trick is getting it just pliable enough to put into the container without it leaking through. It was pretty easy when I did it…at first I let it get too hard and had to soften it just a bit so that I could spoon it in. Once I got it right, I just let it set.
I am eager to see how this goes! It gets HOT here during the summer! Heck, it’s February 2nd and 75 degrees today…it’s been like this all week! I am hoping this will do the trick for me, because I’m at the point of refusing to buy the conventional deodorants that are filled with nasty chemicals…but I don’t want to offend either! The blog post I shared above had a very favorable result…I’m as determined as she is to make this work!