The Verdict on the Homemade Deodorant.......

....the homemade deodorant works...and it works WELL.  We've had temps in the mid 90's here recently so it was a good week to test out the homemade deodorant (recipe below).   My husband has been using it too and it passes the sniff test for both of us.  I was waiting to see how it performed before chucking my commercial deodorant in the in the trash my tube of Secret went!  My daughter stopped by on her way home from a vacation in California and I gave her a jar to take home with her and so far I think she loves it too, she even texted me later for the recipe.
It's a winner for sure, and now that we have a safe, natural and cost effective alternative to the toxic commercial brands....there's no going back for me.


Homemade Natural Deodorant

   Hello!  Long time no post, I am bad...I know.  I'm working on getting my life back in order and my goal right now is to simplify by purging the unnecessary and save money at the same time by changing some of the things that I do and products that I buy.  Some of you may know that I eat a mostly meat-free diet and have gone whole food plant based...meaning fruits, vegetables,grains, beans and nuts.  I am very conscious of how much we waste as well as all the toxic chemicals that are in the products we rely on.

  I recently decided to start making my own homemade deodorant after reading the label of my commercial solid deodorant.   The active ingredient in my commercial deodorant is "Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex" along with other ingredients such as cyclopentasiloxane, petrolatum, phenyl trimethicone, cyclodextrin, behenyl alcohol ....among many others.  After researching these terms...what stands out to me are the following:  "generally safe", "a derivative of a silicone based polymer", "produced by means of enzymatic conversion", "not natural".

....Think of it this way, we put this product on our underarms day in and day out year after year as not to be stinky, and as most of us shave our armpits, these chemicals can enter our bodies through small cuts and open pores.  I knew there had to be a more natural and safe way to be smelling fresh as a flower so I did a lot of research on homemade deodorant recipes and came up with one that, so far, seems to be effective and user friendly.

   From the photo above, the ingredients are baking soda, arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil and essential oil (if desired).

  The recipe is 5 tbsp Coconut oil
                       1/4 cup baking soda
                       1/4 cup arrowroot powder
                       10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice (I had orange on hand so I used that)

Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl, force the baking soda and the arrowroot powder into the coconut oil (just as you would cream sugar into butter when baking) then add the essential oil.

    I had enough for two small jars which should last a very long time as a little goes a long way.  What you do is just swipe a bit with your finger and apply it to your underarms, it dries beautifully and is not cakey or oily. If you find that your environment is a bit warmer and the coconut oil melts a bit, pop the jar of deodorant in the fridge or freezer and it will set back up nicely and you can either keep it in the fridge or keep it out at room temperature. The consistency should be creamy but not runny. (see photo below)
      I glued a bit of pretty paper to the top of the canning jar lid so the jar would look pretty sitting on my vanity.  :)  I have seen some Etsy sellers selling this same/similar creme deodorant for $6 and upwards of $12 per jar!!!!  All my ingredients came to about $6 *total* and I can make batch after batch from my original investment...and it will yield 2 jars per this is a real money saver here by making it yourself.

       Let me know if you decide to try this recipe or if you have any tips you'd like to share.

     Blessings for a great week!