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I have been reading alot of stuff about deodorants and how they clog your lymph system. They are also full of aluminum. I decided to try lemon. I was a little skeptical at first but it works.
Just cut a lemon in 1/2 and put in baggy keep in the fridge. Rub the lemon under each arm, and it will last 24 hours. It is better then deodorants. I will not go back to buying deodorants anymore. Just be sure to tell everyone it's your deodorant so they do not use it as lemonade!
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
To make deodorant, mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup baking soda. Add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil. Stir and add more cornstarch or oil until it is the consistency of silly putty. Then cram the mixture in your old deodorant container and refrigerate for about one hour.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
This is for an emergency only, such as you go to work and realize you forgot to put any on: rubbing alcohol. Most businesses have it in their medicine chests either in the form of a bottle or sealed wipes. It helps with the odor only.
By Vicki from Dallas, TX
I began using baby powder containing corn starch and zinc oxide instead of antiperspirant deodorant. For me, it works even better than the deodorant and I don't have to be concerned about the aluminum from the antiperspirant being absorbed through my skin anymore. I pour some baby powder from the container into a small bowl and use a powder puff for the application. I figure that if it's safe for a baby, it must be safe for all of us.
By Megan8 from WV
Editor's Note The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using talcum powder on infants and children. It has been shown to cause lung and breathing problems. If you decide to try this tip, be sure not to inhale any of the fine powder.
I found this recipe somewhere on the Internet, from someone who had also tried baking soda alone, with no successes. They eventually found out that the right formula was the one below:
Blend thoroughly. Put the powder in a sugar bowl and apply with a powder sponge from the dollar store. I have tried it, and it works well for me. I did try baking soda alone last year, but it irritated me.
Extract juice from radishes and combine with glycerin. Pour into a squirt bottle and refrigerate. After bathing, pour mixture into palm of hands and apply under arms.
By Ellen Brown
Note: Some recipes are not suitable for sensitive skin. Each person is different, so test on the inside arm or wrist for any possible allergic reactions before using these recipes.
By Ellen Brown
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Here are questions related to Making Homemade Deodorant.
How do you make homemade deodorant and antiperspirant in one, with natural ingredients?
By Patty Y. from Manila, Philippines
5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder. Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. You can either scoop this into your old dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. After applying the product, you can just rub the remains into your hands as a lotion! This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.
From Passionate Homemaking
I am seeking a good deodorant recipe; something other than coconut oil, baking soda, or cornstarch. Any thoughts? Thanks.
By VBartlett from Kissimmee, FL
Globalgypsy, what ratio do you use for making your deodorant?
Does anyone have a homemade recipe for the natural, organic, mineral salt rock deodorant? I'd like to make this myself, but without the sodium alum which is still a version of aluminum. It's just not as "bad" as the aluminum chlorohydrate. Is it possible? I'm just over the OTC chemical sticks! Thanks bunches!
A deodorant spray can be made easily using natural ingredients. The following combination is a simple choice:
½ cup aloe vera gel
½ cup with hazel
½ cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
10 drops essential oil
Simply mix the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.
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Bear in mind that I didn't really measure a whole lot during this process, I had read something somewhere that gave me the idea, but I didn't remember where so I just winged it.
You need coconut oil (I just used good ol LuAnna, but you can use the organic good stuff too), baking soda and either corn starch or arrowroot powder (good if you have an allergy to corn)
I mixed about equal parts baking soda and starch (use more starch if you have sensitive skin, it'll make this less likely to irritate) then mixed it into a few tablespoons of melted coconut oil until it was a consistency that I liked.
You can use some essential oil to make it smell nice and boost the antibacterial properties. I use lavender oil because it smells good and makes the deodorant work better, but there are other good choices out there; tea tree oil, rosemary oil, thyme oil. Just remember a little goes a long way! I used about 4 or 5 drops for the whole batch. I would think that you could play with other additives as well such as cocoa butter, vitamin E or so on if you wanted to. I'll probably play around with it on my next batch.
To use it, scoop up about a pea sized amount and smooth it under each armpit. I do this every night after my shower, then I do it again when I get up in the morning as I'm getting ready for work.
So, does it work? I can honestly say that I do not miss my old commercial deodorant, I have had no complaints about my smell and so I'd say it seems to be working for me! I do sweat more than I did with antiperspirant, but really it doesn't stink!
Note: as I was typing this up I managed to find where I got the original idea so there is an actual recipe at the link for the source.
By heavenlymayday from Colorado
Can someone recommend a natural underarm deodorant?