Homemade Deodorant (It works!)
Making all natural, toxin-free deodorant requires nothing more than your average kitchen ingredients. In fact, I bet if you looked in your kitchen right now you would have more than enough to get started! Making a deodorant (that works!) may seem difficult BUT it super easy and very, VERY effective!
At first I was hesitant with the idea that these ingredients would be able to keep me smelling fresh all day (I even brought a back-up deodorant to work just in case!). But to my surprise, I smelled fresher than when I used my regular deodorant!! FYI: I tested this recipe on a 90 degree day and I still smelled fresh by the time I showered that night. Trust me, if this did not work I wouldn’t have thrown out my backup deodorant!
Here’s the simple, step-by-step tutorial:
- 1/3 Cup Corn Starch
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 TBSP Shea Butter
- 10 drops Peppermint Oil
- 1 Container
*recipe is equivalent to 1 deodorant stick
In a medium bowl, combine the corn stach and baking soda.
Mix in the coconut oil and shea butter. Feel free to soften the coconut oil and shea butter for a FEW seconds in the microwave to make it easier to mix in with powders. Add a few shakes of peppermint oil.
Stir all of the ingredients together until well combined. I used a hand mixer but a whisk or spoon will work well, too!
Pour the mixture into a small container. I chose a small, screw cap container since the mixture is not exactly solid like other deodorants. Feel free to recycle an old jam jar for your container. Place the deodorant in the refrigerator for 30 mins or until the mixture has solidified.
Depending on the temperature in your home, this deodorant won’t always be solid at room temp. The coconut oil and shea butter naturally soften and/or melt in higher heats. Since it’s the summer here, my mixture was somewhat mushy within the hour but I don’t mind! The consistency is similar to body butter, which I find much easier for application.
*If you are sensitive to baking soda or essential oils try using significantly less then the amounts above. You can also try the recipe without either ingredient. It is best to do a test patch before applying to make sure you aren’t sensitive to any of the ingredients. When applying the deodorant you only need a very small (half of a dime) amount for each armpit.
Peace, love & coconuts!