If you’ve been trying all my recipes so far, you’ve made:
- All-purpose disinfecting spray cleaner
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Decongesting nasal spray
- Cold remedy tea
- Closet fresheners
You’ve graduated. You’re ready. Ready for one of my favorite recipes I’ve made so far: deodorant. Not that this recipe is particularly difficult, it really isn’t. It just took me a long time to actually jump in and make it. I don’t know why in my head it seemed like such a big deal to let go of my old deodorant, but now that I have, I absolutely love this stuff.
You will need:
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
- A jar of virgin coconut oil
- Tea tree oil
- An empty wind-up deodorant container
In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup corn starch. Add 2-4 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Mix into a paste, and stir in 10 drops tea tree oil.
The original recipe I got from I-don’t-remember-where said 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, but I find that’s just not enough to make the mixture into a paste. I suppose you could decrease the amounts of baking soda and corn starch, but I find it easier just to gradually add coconut oil a little at a time, mixing in until I get the right paste consistency that will pack back into my old deodorant container. I just made another batch of it a few days ago, and I maybe added 3 and 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil. Also, another helpful tip: I usually pop the jar of oil in the microwave until it’s liquified some. This way, it’s much easier to spoon out by the tablespoon and will mix more easily with the powdered ingredients.
The odd one out in this recipe is the coconut oil, as you’ve probably got all the others around. I had a hard time finding it, so I ordered it online. It is worth checking around though, because that will save you on shipping. The oil itself seems a bit expensive (I think mine was about $6 or so for a 12-oz jar, not including shipping) but it will last you a long time. And you’ll also use it for other recipes, so it’s good to have on hand.
Just a little info about coconut oil in case you haven’t worked with it before. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. So you should keep it in a cooler place in the summer if you don’t have AC. I’ve heard it keeps better in solid form. This also means that your deodorant might be a little bit of a softer paste in the summer than the winter, and as you put it on, might soften upon being rubbed on your skin. I think that’s a good thing since it stays solid, but then upon skin contact, goes on like lotion.
When I made the switch to this from my commercial deodorant, this was one of the hardest ones for me to stick with. I was really concerned it wouldn’t work and had to work hard to stick to my rules for switching. But as always, I grew to love this mixture, because it’s simply better than the commercial stuff. Here’s a few reasons why I love this recipe:
- It has no terrible, harmful chemicals, and is free of aluminum
- It smells absolutely divine (but not particularly masculine or feminine, husband and I both use it)
- It doesn’t leave any residue on your skin that won’t wash off when you want it to
- It doesn’t leave any residue or staining on clothes. Even my old “invisible solid” left residue and stains.
There are a few things to watch out for, though. I have not had problems with this, but others have said that baking soda can sometimes cause rash and irritation. I imagine you could reduce the amount of baking soda if this happens. I do notice this a bit if I put deodorant on right after I shave. If you’re a shaver, try shaving at night, applying lotion, and then using the deodorant in the morning. That’s what works for me.
As always, have fun saving money and eliminating nasty chemicals!
EDIT: I added about the equivalent of a capsule full of vitamin E oil to a batch I made, and it eliminated the post-shaving rash/irritation. It seems to go on just a bit more smoothly too. Just thought I’d add that if it helps someone out.
ANOTHER EDIT: In the winter, it came out so dry and crumbly because of the cooler temperatures in the house, that I added just a splash of olive oil to the mix, and that make it go on much more smoothly and not crumble apart in the winter.