Tuesday, November 16, 2010

home made deodorant recipe

I don't know about everybody else, but I don't like buying deodorant - the aluminum is suspect in things like breast cancer, and the plastic container doesn't impress me. So a friend of mine gave me this recipe for a natural, home-made deodorant:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda (they specify aluminum free, but I'm not sure what the concern is there - my baking soda doesn't include aluminum - maybe some do?)

Put all ingredients into a saucepan and heat over low, stirring constantly until the oil is melted and it is all smooth. Pour liquid into any container - an old deodorant container apparently works. I poured mine into a toilet paper tube - that way I can rip the tube off and still have it all together. If you live in a warmer climate than we do, you may have to refrigerate - or apply with your fingers.

I haven't done it yet, but you can also add a little bit of grated beeswax (1 tbsp or so) to the mix. It apparently keeps it from melting as quickly, and adds a nice smell.

So far, I really like it. It works better than the crystal that I bought, and I feel much better applying this to my skin than one of the commercial deodorants.



  1. I wish I'd seen this last week before I bought that new container of deodorant! Lol; oh well, I guess I can use the empty container, once it's gone. ... hmm, the coconut will make it smell wonderful! :)


  2. Great idea about the toilet paper tube! Did it solidify enough for you, Sandi?

  3. Shelly - Hard as a rock - I poured a little bit into the tube and then refrigerated it until it was hard before pouring the rest in. The tube gets a bit greasy from the oil, but it works.

  4. I tried it, and it was very, very simple! But I have discovered that, if it *looks* oily, do *NOT* rub it in! It felt like sandpaper when I did that! Youch! I guess the baking soda doesn't actually dissolve in; it just blends in. So just be careful not to rub it in at all; I will definitely be more careful next time. lol

    I used the toilet paper tube today, but next time I might just use an old deodorant container and see if it works as well. The whole "re-use" thing! :)

    My only concern right now is, if you have a blouse with tighter sleeves, will the deodorant leave an oily mark in the blouse?

  5. P.S. This "anonymous" and the one immediately preceding it is from Liz... I forgot to leave my name for you. lol

  6. Yeah, it is a little abrasive. And I'm not sure if it leaves marks or not. I haven't experienced it yet.

  7. Hmm interesting... I use a few drops of lavender essential oils. I put it into a glass spary bottle w a bit of water!


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