I have been getting a kick out of making my own products to use at home. Toothpaste, laundry detergent, lotion, medicines, and one of my favorite…homemade deodorant.
Those of you who are quite toxic from your diet probably know how toxicity can materialize in the form of body odor.
If I regularly eat sugar, I tend to smell like onions when I sweat or, occasionally, beef stew as hubby laughingly shared. Lovely.
I cannot believe that I just shared that publicly.
There are quite a few versions of homemade deodorant in bloggerland that work for different people. I tend to prefer things with a short ingredient list that are simple to make and store.
I can normally apply this one once every 2-3 days. Only three times over the last two months of using it, have I needed a second application in the same day.
Shut. Up. I know, right? Commercial deodorants can’t hold a candle to that!
This recipe also contains no toxins and is naturally antimicrobial.
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- 3 parts* organic coconut oil (where to buy)
- 1 part* baking soda
- additional 1 part* arrowroot if baking soda is too strong
- a couple of drops of various essential oils for scent and for an unfriendly environment to bacteria and yeasts – orange , lemon, lavender, ylang ylang , etc. (the oils I use)
*I use a soup spoon to loosely measure “parts”, ex. 3 Tablespoons of oil to 1 Tablespoon baking soda
1. Mix coconut oil and baking soda until thoroughly combined and place in a container of your choosing, preferably glass to avoid toxins from plastic leaching in.
You can also fill an old, cleaned out deodorant tube and keep it refrigerated for stick deodorant.
2. To use, apply a small amount to underarms with your fingers or from the tube as needed.
If there is excess oil that has not been absorbed, you can blot with a cloth or tissue before getting dressed. I have read about oil stains though I haven’t experienced any.
Happy underarms everyone! Hmmmm, noses? Forget it. Enjoy your homemade deodorant. Here’s to smelling good! 🙂
This post is part of Monday Mania, Real Food Wednesday, GAPS Legal Thursdays
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