Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Make your own deodorant!

Homemade Deodorant

So after discovering that a lot of store bought deodorants have some ingredients that are unsafe, a main one including aluminum that blocks the pores to eliminate the release of sweat. There is a chance that this ingredient can cause cancer. So I went in search of finding a safer product and came across this recipe from one of my fav blogs, Smashed Peas and Carrots, and I have been using it ever since, and yes it does work!

2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (I like organic unrefined since it is the least processed)
1/8 Cup Baking Soda
1/8 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
Essential Oils (optional) *

-Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch together and then slowly add the coconut oil.

-When you have it on you wont smell like a coconut so don't worry about that. Coconut oil will be in a solid state up to room temps of 76 degrees so your end product will be more of a very thick paste similar to white toothpaste, or your desired consistency.

-Apply like you would regular deodorant, it might sting if used on just shaved under arms. If it didn't have time to soak in and you noticed darkening of your clothes don't freak out, it washes right out :). I use about the size of a pencil eraser for each under arm, it goes on kind of like a lotion.

-I usually keep mine in a cleaned out baby food jar or whatever is easiest to reach into with a finger that has a lid. Also you can put it in a bowl on top of saran wrap in the fridge and it will become solid and you can rub it on like reg. store bought deodorant. (I do this in the summer since I don't have air conditioning and it gets really runny)
*Coconut oil is really good for you and has antibacterial properties, that's what makes it work so well as a natural deodorant.

*I have not tried it yet but some people also add a little essential oil to it like lavender or tea tree since they smell nice and also have antibacterial properties.

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