Making my own Deodorant

Sunday, August 21st, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | Natural

I made yet another natural baby step – I made my own deodorant.

Why you ask? Well first, I never thought of doing it until I stumbled upon it in my searches for other natural skin care items. Second, I find it difficult to find a deodorant/antiperspirant that actually works and I’m sick of all the pit stains in my clothes. Last, it turns out that the aluminum in antiperspirants is bad for you. So why not try for another natural dyi product.

It was actually very simple to make. Equal parts baking soda and corn starch and add enough coconut oil until the proper¬†consistency¬†is reached. Optional – add several drops of essential oil of choice. I forgot this last step… I’ll have to remember next time. After it is all made, smash it into an old deodorant container. Boom – natural Deodorant/Antiperspirant.

About the mix: Baking soda is the active ingredient, but using just baking soda a lone can cause a rash or burning, so it needs to be cut with the corn starch. One could use just that as a powder, but to put it into a container, the coconut oil is needed. Coconut oil is a miriacle oil. Its great for skin and hair and doesn’t leave an oily residue. The interesting thing about it is that it has a melting point of 76 degrees. This means it is liquid if warmer and a semi-solid if colder. Since my house is generally around 76 in the summer I found it liked to melt and make a mess. So I had to store it in the refrigerator, but then it almost gets too solid… Not sure what the perfect answer is on that yet. But I keep the house cooler in the winter, so perhaps I can store it back in the bathroom without any problems.

How does it work? The jury is still out on this. The first week I used it I was amazed at how I didn’t sweat or stink at all, and it happened to be the hottest, muggiest week of all year. But after I started to store it in the refrigerator, it didn’t seem to work as well. Perhaps its too cold to spread well. I’ll keep trying. I think adding some essential oils should help, especially those that have anti-bacterial properties.

So, what is the next natural item on the baby-step list??

 

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