I feel as though I’ve taken a whole new step into living more naturally. Why, you ask? I have started making my own deodorant.
In case you didn’t know, store-bought deodorant with antiperspirant is filled with harmful ingredients such as aluminum, phthalates and fragrance. These ingredients have been linked to a few diseases — most notably, cancer.
This is something I’ve battled with since my teen years. “Do you want to get cancer? Or do you want to stink?” As I’m sure most people can understand. I chose the risk of cancer vs. smelling like a boys locker room — not the most logical choice, but when you’re in your hormonal teen years being the smelly kid in class somehow seems worse.
Fast forward eight years, and I’ve become better at making household products. I was feeling confident, so a few months ago I went on a mission to find a recipe for homemade deodorant. I started using it two weeks ago, and I’ve been more than happy with the results.
I was really skeptical at first, sure this homemade deodorant wasn’t going to work. I even brought my store-bought deodorant stick to work in my purse for the first few days of my experiment in case I started to smell during the day.
Well, I never had to use it. In fact, my homemade deodorant seems to work better — at least for me. I’ve even forgotten to put in on a couple days, and it continued to work from the previous day.
It’s really simple to make. The only “weird” thing about it is that instead of a stick that you roll on, it’s in a jar that you have to rub in with your finger. This is because of the coconut oil — if you make it into a stick, it will likely melt and make a mess. But if you’re interested, please don’t let that scare you away from trying this!
There are so many pros to using it. One, it was super cheap to make; two, you only need four ingredients; three, it is healthy and nontoxic; and four, it works. It keeps you smelling fresh all day.
When I did the math I figured this recipe cost me a total of $2.34* to make and less than five minutes of my time.
- 4 tablespoons of very soft coconut oil ($1.50)
- ¼ cup arrowroot ($0.59) OR ¼ cup cornstarch ($0.14)
- ¼ cup baking soda ($0.07)**
- 5 drops of bergamot essential oil ($0.18)
1. Mix the baking soda with either arrowroot or cornstarch in small bowl.
2. Add the coconut oil in one tablespoon at a time. Continue to stir the ingredients between each tablespoon added. (The recipe I used called for 5 to 6 tablespoons, but that would have made my mixture far too thin.)
3. Add the drops of oil and stir.
4. Pour the mixture into a container to store the deodorant. (I used a small Mason jar.)
1. Scoop out a dime-sized amount and rub the deodorant into your armpits.
2. BONUS: If there is extra, you can run that into your hands and use it as a moisturizer.
*This number is based on the amount I paid for the ingredients. It may vary. If you use cornstarch instead of arrowroot, it will only cost $1.89.
**Some skin may be sensitive to the baking soda, it can be quite harsh. If that is the case for you, simply use less.