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Okay, call me crazy but I have made homemade deodorant for sometime now and I love it. My whole family uses it too. Also, I’m saving money and feel it is better for our health and this is an easy way to cut down on some of the chemicals we put in and on our bodies.
The main reason was mostly my concern over the chemicals used in manufactured deodorant and my concern as a woman and our breast health. I know many studies have claimed aluminum is not the healthiest thing for woman to use so I switched to a homemade version years ago. At $3.60 – it was more than I was willing to pay. I know I could have used a coupon but why when I can make my own healthier, cheaper version and it really does work!
Easy Homemade Deodorant Recipe
8 tablespoons coconut oil use organic we are reducing chemical exposure here.
2 tablespoons natural baking soda not the kind in the yellow box
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder use non-gmo
5 drops sweet almond oil or your favorite essential oils
3 drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)
In a proper size glass bowl you want to add coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder and your essential oils. Mix completely – the mixture will be a bit stiff but you can do it and get a good arm workout while your at it.
Once done you can store your deodorant in a small crock with a snap lock lid like I do or a clean baby food jar works well. I tried putting it back into an empty deodorant container and it was just a mess. No talent in that department here. It was sort of like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F so you can keep it in your refrigerator or in a cool dark place. Just don’t leave it in your car while grocery shopping or working-out in the gym. It will be a melted mess when you get back. Apply by dipping your finger in an rubbing it under your armpit.
If you find your skin a little sensitive to this mixture you can add more coconut oil and more arrowroot powder. Keeping in mind that it is the baking soda keeping the bad bacteria under control which is causing the odor.
*note – this is not an antiperspirant deodorant. You will still sweat but think of it as detoxing your body. If you need wetness control consider your standby deodorant.