By now, you know I am a big believer in DIY. From laundry detergent and fabric softener to wipes and nursing tops, I DIY as much as possible. So, when I heard that the a chemical in most store-brand deodorants and antiperspirants (paraben) had been linked to cancer, I started researching the possibility of making my own deodorant.
Not only did I find a recipe that is super-easy to make, paraben-free and cheap, but it is much, much more effective than the store-brand deodorants I have been paying top dollar for.
You see, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I sweat a lot. Much more than other women, apparently. I never realized how much it affected my life until I started examining the possibility of switching to this homemade deodorant.
1. I only wore shirts with sleeves or tanks with cardigans. Skin on skin contact was avoided as much as humanly possible.
2. I used to spend half of my shower/bath time trying to get rid of the lingering smell left behind from used up deodorants.
I am happy to report that both of those are things of the past now.
For the first time in my memory, I wore a tank top out of the house in July heat the other day and I wasn’t embarrassed. No odor. No sweat marks. No kidding.
So, here it is–my DIY Deodorant Recipe.
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Cornstarch
Approximately 3 tsp. Coconut Oil
1 empty deodorant container (Can also be stored in a simple jar and applied with fingers)
- Wash out deodorant container-including the spokes of the plastic insert
- Combine Baking Soda and Cornstarch. (It feels really cool.)
- Add in Coconut 1 teaspoon at a time and mix completely until you achieve the desired texture.
- Form into deodorant dispenser.
A Few Tips
-Coconut oil is fickle. Above 76 degrees it’s a solid, below it’s a liquid. So if your bathroom is small and gets very warm, or if you plan to travel, take precautions to keep it cool.
-Some online recipes suggest adding scents–I didn’t find any need. This mixture has a pleasant, clean smell similar to baby power, but not as sweet.
-Again some recipes suggest using baby powder instead of cornstarch. However, further research lists talc (the main ingredient in baby powder) to be a known carcinogen. That completely defeats the purpose of what I set out to do.
1.00 Baking Soda—- .01 per tsp
2.50 Cornstarch—– .03 per tsp
5.68 Coconut Oil—– .09 per batch
.13 per batch
More Info on Parabens in cosmetics.
Whether you do it for the cost or to get away from the chemicals, this DIY Deodorant is a keeper!