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There is a lot of junk in deodorant, and let’s not even get into the breast cancer thing. But of course, it’s not really considered a good thing to be gallavanting around town without it. If we all stopped using deodorant, that would be one thing, but when you’re the only one, it’s a bit easy to be called out as a weirdo.
I’ve tried lots of other natural deodorants before, with results ranging from being extra wet and smelly by noon, to irritated skin.
But then I heard about some homemade deodorant, and then I received some coconut oil in the mail. Talk about a serendipitous moment! I immediately mixed up a batch, packed it into a 4 oz jelly jar, and waited eagerly for the next day so I could use it.
I am shocked by how well it works for me. Even on Saturdays, when I run around the markets outside, it worked better than any store-bought brand. It doesn’t smell overwhelmingly like coconut once you put it on, either.
For variation, add a couple drops of essential oil, such as tea tree or lavender, to the coconut oil before mixing with dry ingredients. A 4-ounce container will last a long time, so consider dividing the recipe into small batches if you want to have multiple scents ready to go.
My friend who is chemically sensitive notes that baking soda can be irritating for some people to apply directly to the skin, so be careful and watch out for any sort of reaction.
- Mixing bowl
- 4-ounce reusable jar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 4-6 tablespoons coconut oil
- Whisk the corn starch and baking soda together, then add coconut oil a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. It should look like standard store-bought deodorant. Pack it into a container. This fills a 4-ounce jar to the brim.
- To use: Scoop a small amount up with your fingertips and rub it in. I find it works best immediately after showering, and letting it “soak in” a bit before getting dressed.
Disclaimer: I received a jar of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. I was under no obligation to write about the product.