Keeping it real with a new attempt on my chemical free theme this month, I attempted a homemade deodorant. This is a ballsy move, I mean, all humans are bred to use only chemical sticks that actually prevent our glands from sweating (which is really bad for us by the way and can lead to cysts and cancers) not to mention putting aluminum and other hazardous chemicals directly on our lymph nodes. (Sorry for the run on sentence). So as much as I love THE STICK, I made my own deodorant which is kept in a cute jar and is applied like a lotion with my hands in the morning. It sounds weird but I swear to you, I am a brutally honest person and would tell you the truth as to whether or not this is something I would recommend, and I love it so far.
I have previously been using a natural stick from Wholefood’s for the last 2 weeks which made me smell like B.O. after about an hour or 2, actually lavender B.O. to be specific. And running around with Jack is a serious 12 hour work out every day. So this project had to work or I was heading straight back to the hard stuff. I researched a ton of recipes and found one that not only makes me smell fab, it LASTS! I smell so yummy, like coconut peppermint pits, and the ingredients are edible so I am in the clear with the toxin gods. Here is what I made:
Mint and Sweet Orange Deodorant:
6 tbs organic coconut oil (in mushy form)
1/4 cup arrowroot starch (Cooking isle at Wholefood’s, $6)
1/4 cup baking soda
4 capsules Vitamin E oil (I just used the trader joe’s kind in a bottle)
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops sweet orange oil (Maybe more, I can’t smell this enough).
Soften the coconut oil in the microwave and mix everything together until smooth. (My coconut oil was soft enough to not have to do this, I just scooped it and then mixed with my electric mixer. It turned into pieces, but you can mold it all together.) Store in a jar.
Apply under each arm with your fingertips and gently rub in. Reapply throughout the day if needed. I use a good amount, just to make sure it lasts. And it does.
Online I have seen a lot of people put this mixture into an empty deodorant stick as long as it is kept in the fridge, I just don’t have one to use at the moment so I am sticking with the jar. But the consistency is good enough to put in a stick if you wanted to, so you have the option.
Another added bonus: Arrowroot can also be used as a loose translucent powder on your face to set your makeup (I tried it today and it totally works great and won’t clog your pores). And for all the blondes out there, it can also be used as a dry shampoo to soak up the oils on your scalp. BAM!
***UPDATE! I have been using this for over a year now and I have to say it is the best deodorant I have ever used in my entire life. My mother has tried it and loves it so much she made it for all the teachers at her school who are now die hard fans. Best homemade product I have ever made. Just saying.
*One note: This mixture will turn to liquid in the heat and go solid in the cold because, well, that’s what coconut oil does. So now that it’s so hot here, I have moved mine to the fridge. It is completely solid, and I could easily have it in a deodorant container if I wanted. I just keep it in a jar, then use a spoon to scoop out some shavings. Then I apply. It’s kind of refreshing because it goes on cold and then melts as soon as it hits the skin.
This is still the best stuff I have ever used. 🙂