I have read lots of negative things about antiperspirants, especially the ones with aluminum in them, and have been contemplating for a long time about making my own deodorant. I love coconut oil and use it all the time for cooking. I could go on and on about the health benefits of coconut oil - it's so good for you! This is a very easy recipe, but there are many different ones out there if you do a little research, some easy, some not so easy!
1/8 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder (I used cornstarch because that's what I had on hand)
5 Tbsp. coconut oil
Essential oils (optional) - I used 5 drops of a citrus blend essential oil and three drops of Tea Tree Oil.
Mix everything together in a bowl with a fork, it really does mix up quite easily. Then transfer it to a small container. I know that in some places it is so warm that your coconut oil will not solidify, so just make sure it is in a container with a tight fitting lid so it does not leak, or better yet, put it in the fridge! Just use as you normally use your deodorant - put it on with your fingers.
It's very creamy and goes on easily - although I would be careful with light colored clothing - just make sure that you are not using too much, and wash your hands after you apply it.
I am going to give you updates each day for a week on my experience with this homemade concoction - wish me luck!!
Okay - yesterday was day one for me . . . it was wonderful!! I put the deodorant on right after I made it, of course I washed first.... :0) Absolutely no odor, no wetness, nothing, it was perfect!! I even woke up feeling fresh as a daisy!
Day two - It has been hot here, and we were in a meeting today, in a very hot room for almost three hours! No odor (I had my poor husband do a sniff test... ;0) ) I really love this stuff so far! It's 96 degrees here today, so if it is NOT going to work, I think I would know it by now!