Truthbomb: I've tried countless lines of all natural deodorant, and they always leave me stinky and sweaty. They just don't work for me. I finally resorted to making my own using basic ingredients that are known to be odor absorbers, antibacterial and antimicrobial. And guess what? It totally works! I've been using the exact recipe for over 4 years now and I absolutely love it.
You can put this deodorant on at 5AM, run a few miles, throw on some work clothes, work an 8 hour shift and come home smelling good. Seriously! At first, my husband and I were baffled by how well it worked. Then we decided to push the boundaries and would slather it on before a long day of helping friends moved, sweated all day and came home smelling good.
Here is the recipe to get you started:Print
Wanna join me on the hippie bandwagon? Let’s make some deodorant with coconut oil. The amount of ingredients below will fit nicely into a 125 mL Ball Elite mason jar (I got mine at Target).
- 1/2 c . baking soda (you can use less when starting out if it irritates you)
- 1/2 c . arrowroot powder (you can also use cornstarch… but I prefer arrowroot powder)
- 5 tbs unrefined coconut oil
- 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or another essential oil with antibacterial properties)
- Mix baking soda and arrowroot together—I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.
- Next add the coconut and essential oils and mix well.
- Pour into clean air-tight jar.
- You can use a popsicle stick to get the deodorant out of the container. Make sure you use enough under your arms to keep you “sure” all day long. (For the past couple years, I stopped using the popsicle stick and actually just use my fingers and dip them in the jar. Easy, peasy.)
Note: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can we pretty hard to get out. If that's the case for you, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warm climate and the deodorant is too liquidy, you can store it in a cooler pantry to thicken it up.
It does take a little bit to get used to the application process, but it's worth it. Not to mention the money I save and the chemicals I avoid, like aluminum. Although, there’s no solid evidence that aluminum-based compunds lead to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, there are correlations. And to me, that’s reason enough to ditch it. I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your family and friends!