I stopped using brand-name aluminum laden deodorants years ago, however, it was a real struggle to find a good alternative at a health food store. Organic deodorants last only a few hours, are a bit pricier and overall just don’t seem to work. The one product I liked was a citrus deodorant from Saffron Rouge, which was good but only lasted for half a day. A few days ago I came across a recipe for a home-made deodorant and was surprised at how little ingredients it had and how easy it was to make. I contacted the owner of this blog and she happily agreed to share this recipe with my readers as well.
1/4 cup melted unrefined extra virgin coconut oil which corresponds to 4 tablespoons of solid coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender and tea tree oil)
glass jar with lid
Place all the dry ingredients into your favorite bowl (you should love your utensils), add the melted coconut oil and essential oils and stir well.
You’ll end up with a fragrant paste which should be poured into a jar before it solidifies. Remember, coconut oil’s natural state is solid, and the end product should look something like this.
Leave it to cool naturally before placing it in the fridge for extra solidification. I like to keep it at room temperature for easier application, but you can also keep it in your fridge. An even more convenient option is using an old deodorant container, just clean it up and pour the mixture in there. Keep it in the fridge to keep it solid at all times.
Oh, and in case you wondered why these ingredients had been proven to work. Well, baking soda absorbs odors, cornstarch absorbs wetness and coconut oil is an anti-oxidant and a moisturizer with anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties. Essential oils you added will add their own properties. In my case, I added lavender oil as an antiseptic and tea tree oil for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities. And that’s how you create Happy armpits!
Here is a link to the original post on Happy Armpits: http://analilscorner.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/happy-armpits-homemade-deodorant-with-coconut-oil/
Here is a link to a FAQ section on Happy Armpits: http://analilscorner.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/9-faq-about-happy-armpits-homemade-deodorant-with-coconut-oil/
Would love to hear if you tried it and whether or not you liked it, so share a comment below 🙂