Thursday, November 15, 2012

Make your own Deodorant!

All the ingredients for odor-free armpits!

I sniffed my husband's armpit cautiously.  He had been requesting new deodorant for quite a while because the Tom's deodorant we use just wasn't doing the job anymore.  We have been trying to avoid deodorants with aluminum, and with the mainstream grocery store offerings, all we could find were Tom's and the salt crystal variety.  Both just didn't work well enough.  Our youth pastor mentioned that he and his wife used a homemade coconut oil deodorant, so I bookmarked a link online and made a mental note to try it one day.

It was a combination of a desperate husband and having finally purchased all the necessary ingredients that finally got me to make it.  I used the coconut oil and baking soda that is sold at my local Costco store, and went to a food co-op to buy Organic Corn Starch.  I wasn't about to put GMO corn on my little absorbant pits.  I mixed the stuff up and let my husband try it for a while, then after he decided it was working wonderfully, was brave enough for the sniff test.  I sniffed once...nothing.  Not even coconut smell.  Then closer and more deeply...nothing!  I was very impressed, and tried it myself, and am proud to say that it even has nixed odor that has already been established!

Today, I put it to the test and, after having only put it on this morning, weed-whacked for a few hours.  I came inside, and there was no stink!  So I feel like running joyously through a parking lot and yelling "It works!   It works!", like the Doc did in Back to the Future.  Instead, I will share with you the recipe I found at Passionate Homemaking.

Homemade Deodorant

5-6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder

Store in a container, or even put it in your old deodorant dispenser.
I put a little less than a pea sized dab on each armpit and am good to go.  The residual oil can be rubbed into my skin and smells good for a bit.  The coconut smell dissipates, becoming very faint.

Enjoy your now odor free pits!

The container we store our deodorant in.


  1. This is awesome! I am totally going to try it. I have a couple of Toms deodorants, but like you said, they don't work very well. This looks like an awesome solution! I'm going to share it with my friends.

  2. You can make it into an old spice style deodorant by adding the Lime Bay Rum essential oil from Cedar Mountain Herbs to the recipe.


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