I have been looking for a homemade deodorant formula for awhile. I have had a lot of hesitation when thinking about making my own. Why? For one, I use a natural deodorant from the health food store that smells and works great. Another reason, I live in Florida and it is very hot most of the year. I am a “crunchy” gal, but stinky pits is not something I will compromise on… so the natural deodorant REALLY has to work. Maybe the thing that recently pushed me to trying my own was the cost of natural deodorant. I was at a farmer’s market a few weeks ago and bought some homemade deodorant that was a little expensive ($12.00). I was very excited about the smell and supporting a local lady, but to my disappointment the deodorant did not work. Over the next few days I had sweaty, stinky pits. I know, gross… but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, so I kept using it.
After a little research, I developed a formula of my own. It consists of 3 ingredients. I made the deodorant yesterday and tried it for 2 days. For today, I applied it at 7 am this morning (when we left for the day), spent the whole day a Disney in 90 degree heat, and did not start to sweat until about 6pm (when I probably needed to reapply anyway…. it is natural deodorant not miracle deodorant . The great thing is that even when I did begin to sweat (after 12 hours and about 5 miles of walking) I did NOT stink! No sign of gross body odor. Wow. I am impressed.
You may want to give this one a try even if you have deodorant that you love.
1/8 cup baking soda (for anti-stink and dry)
1/4 cup corn starch/arrowroot powder (for smooth and dry)~ I used organic.
3-4 tablespoons coconut oil~ I like my paste more thick
4-5 drops essential oil (optional for scent). I used peppermint~ a fun scent.
Combine the powders and add the coconut oil as needed. Mix until desired consistency is achieved.
Remember this is not a bar deodorant, it is a paste and you use your fingers to apply it. Just so there are no surprises.