Hi friends! I posted recently about my new obsession with coconut oil, have been doing much better with eating clean, and have now become interested in the idea of making my own beauty/hygiene products. It all began with experimenting with the coconut oil as deodorant – rubbing just it under my arms. It worked okay, but I knew from a friend and coworker that there were other methods of using homemade, natural deodorant. I decided to take the plunge and make my own.
Why Natural Deodorant?
If you do a little Googling, or look on your favorite stick of deodorant under the ingredients list, you may begin to discover that there are some less-than-savory things packed into your little speed stick. Ingredients like:
- Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly.
- Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl)
You can read more about exactly what all of these ingredients are, and what absorbing them into your body can mean at this website. Long story short, those are things we do not want absorbed into our bodies – especially not in the delicate tissue under the arms, which is so very close to our breast tissue.
As far as antiperspirant goes – the very concept of antiperspirant goes against what our bodies are made to do. Our bodies are made to sweat; that’s how we get rid of toxins. So think about it: if the toxins that your body is trying to release aren’t getting released.. Where are they going?
Won’t I Stink?
Nope. Well, I don’t. I’ve been using my natural deodorant for several days now and I do not smell bad. I mostly smell like nothing – with a hint of coconut. I went through a short, one-day detox period where my pits were a little fragrant. Some go through longer detox periods, some don’t go through any at all.
Is It More Expensive?
I pay about $3.50 for a stick of deodorant every two months or so. The items used to make natural deodorant are approximately:
- $.99 for a container of baking soda.
- $5.00 for a box of organic cornstarch.
- $9.00 for a 16 oz jar of extra virgin, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil.
This brings the total cost to about $15.00, which is significantly more than one stick of deodorant initially but here’s the thing: you’ll be able to make multiple batches of your own deodorant from this. I don’t anticipate having to buy more ingredients for months.
Okay. So How Do I Make It?
Well, I will tell you! I made my own batch the other night and took pictures.
First, decide if you want to put your finished product in a jar/tupperware contaner and apply by hand (which is perfectly fine), or if you want to take the time to clean out an old deodorant stick. It’s easiest if you take one that’s almost empty. I had a hard time cleaning out the deodorant from all the little nooks and crannies, but I took a sharp knife to dig everything out, ran it under cold water, rubbed it down with a wet rag and finally got it acceptably clean.
I did notice a residual smell of my old deodorant, so I sprinkled some baking soda and then rubbed in some coconut oil to get rid of the old smell – that worked like a charm!
For this, you will need three basic ingredients: Baking soda, cornstarch (or arrowroot powder, if you prefer), and extra virgin, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil. Some people put in a few drops of tea tree oil or other essential oils. I don’t recommend tea tree oil unless you don’t have sensitive skin.
Take equal parts of all of your ingredients and put them in a mixing bowl. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer; you can mix by hand, but it might get difficult as the consistency of the mixture changes. I began with 4 teaspoons of each product; 4 tsp of baking soda, 4 tsp of cornstarch, 4 tsp of coconut oil. You can put the coconut oil in solid, or as an oil (coconut oil becomes an oil at around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Turn your mixer on the lowest setting and begin mixing. You may need to stop midway through to scrape some of the ingredients back down into the bowl (just like anything you’re mixing). Soon the consistency will begin to look more solid.
You will find that the consistency is very close to actual deodorant – it’s a little less slippery. Once you’ve gotten everything mixed, spoon out a little bit and smoosh it into your empty deodorant stick. As you pack it in, click the deodorant backward so it lowers back down. Repeat this until your mixture is packed all the way into the deodorant stick.
If you decide to just put it in a jar, just spoon it out into your container and you’re done! Some people store their finished product in the fridge, especially if their home gets hot during the day. The coconut oil may melt if it reaches above a certain temperature. I put my stick in the fridge for a while but it was super hard when I took it out, so I decided to store mine in a dark closet. When you apply the stick to your armpits, don’t rub like you normally would – just blot it. If you like, you can put some on your fingers and rub it in a little. Some people report some skin irritation – this is from the baking soda. If you experience this, use a little less baking soda in your next batch.
I’ve used this for a few days now, and even with it being 80 degrees here in Tennessee lately, I haven’t had any body odor issues whatsoever. I love my new deodorant, and am thrilled that I don’t have to worry about my body absorbing any icky chemicals! Feel free to leave suggestions/questions/feedback in the comments.
Enjoy your new beauty product!