Instead of buying commercial deodorant that comes in disposable plastic packaging and is loaded with nasty chemicals make your own, and save money doing it.
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 Celeste from Colorado
Excellent post! I just gave you a thumbs up for it! That's an easy enough recipe that even I could manage to whip some up! Thank you! (03/01/2010)
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