17 October 2011

Day 17: Adventures in Home Made

Deodorant Update

Long ago I wrote this post about my experiment in making deodorant.  Now, after going through a whole summer, including marathon training, I am pleased to report that this home made version is still going strong.  I don't think I will ever go back to store bought deodorant, because of the aluminum in the product, which has been linked to Alzheimer's and possibly breast cancer (these claims are very controversial, so take this information with a grain of salt, and don't give in to hysteria).

  But from a purely practical standpoint, I also like the effectiveness of home made deodorant, and I no longer have problems with armpit stains on my white shirts (it is actually caused by a body's reaction to aluminum, not by sweat).  

Ready to take the plunge?  Here is the recipe:

Step by Step Instructions for Homemade Deodorant
  1. Mix about 1/4 c. baking soda and 1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot starch in a small bowl.
  2. Add unrefined coconut oil, not melted, about a Tablespoon at a time, mashing with a fork until all the dry ingredients have been mixed in. I find it takes 4-6 Tablespoons.
  3. Optional: If you’d like a scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil at this time.
  4. You could use this mixture as is and apply with your fingertips, but it’s pretty messy.
  5. Best option: use an old deodorant container.

I have found that one batch lasts me 3-6 months, including twice a day applications when I run.  I've almost convinced my husband to try it, so I'll probably have to double the batch next time.  But it literally takes a few minutes, so the time investment is well worth the benefits.

**I am currently using store bought deodorant because I am traveling and I had some in my travel kit, and I have had to reapply several times.**

  I have never worn a more effective deodorant than this extremely simple home made version, and its ease makes it a true baby step.  So, what are you waiting for?

As always, hooking up with the talented bloggers at SortaCrunchy for Green Resource.  Hop on over and enjoy!


  1. I am TOTALLY doing this once we are settled in in Scotland and I can find all of the ingredients. :-)