DIY Homemade Deodorant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade deodorant.

Everything is better when its homemade with love, right?  Your unglamorous armpits will thank you when they start sporting this new homemade masterpiece!

Say what?

That’s right.  As my husband would say, “Go find a tree to hug, you hippie!”  Really though, I have been making my own deodorant for almost three years and there will be no turning back to commercial brands EVER.  It’s easy, really cheap, its better for you, and it works!

Almost all store-bought deodorants contain aluminum chlorohydrate, which is used to block perspiration.  But did you know the havoc wreaked by these evil aluminum salts once they are absorbed into your body?  Aluminum toxicity has been linked to a variety of health issues but two that are most commonly noted are cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Most store-bought deodorants also contain parabens, which are preservatives used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, and these can also be absorbed into your skin.

Without getting too much into the research behind it all, I don’t like parabens and feel like while companies claim that small amounts that are not dangerous, I would rather not use that little bit every day for a majority of my life if I can avoid it.

After years of naive anti-perspirant use, I decided to try out an all-natural brand, Toms of Maine.  It made me feel like I was making a smarter choice but it just was not effectively hiding armpit stink.

(I’m not shy about the fact that everyone sweats, myself included, especially in the Arizona summers, and with sweat, comes stink.) Bleh…

I started searching for the perfect homemade deodorant and tried out several before finally falling in love with this one from Sew Green that I am about to share.  I can whip up a batch of this armpit dessert in just a few minutes and it costs practically pennies!  I would not recommend something that I have not tried and/or that I don’t absolutely love.  (Remember my fangirl post about my spiralizer?)

deodorantingredients

DIY Goodbye Stink Deodorant

Recipe from Sew Green

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/8 cup arrowroot powder
1/4 cup baking soda
15-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice –OPTIONAL

Directions:

1. Combine the powders together in a mixing bowl and slowly add coconut oil.

2. Using a handheld mixer or spoon combine the coconut oil and powder until most of the powder is dissolved.  The consistency should be similar to commercial deodorant, sort of like a pomade.

3. Add 10-12 drops of the essential oil of your choice

4. Transfer to glass jar with lid

How to use:

Scoop a small amount onto fingertips and apply to underarm/armpit.  I do not recommend trying to put this into a deodorant stick because depending on storage it can melt and make a mess.  I keep mine in a small glass jar and simply stir before use if I notice it starting to liquefy.

Note:

The first couple days I used this, I was convinced I either had a serious body odor problem or this homemade concoction was just another quack.  Looking back, I think my body was simply detoxifying from all the years of aluminum and paraben  buildup.  After a couple days, and in the midst of a hot Arizona summer, my new unstink formula was working like a charm and I smelled fresh to death!
 
Another note:
Don’t make the same mistake I did…corn starch is not the same thing as cornmeal!  I learned that the hard way…