Ditch the TV. Check.
Make my own toothpaste. Check.
Next on the list: make my own deodorant…and not be smelly. It’s so not worth it if I stink, right?!
Well, the recipe below is a winner. After we have put it to the test. After long, hot days of moving friends in humid Florida, we still don’t stink (my husband and I have done the sniff test on multiple occasions and have been amazed). Even normal deodorant wears off, but this stuff doesn’t. I am a little in awe of how well it works.
It takes a little bit of getting used to the application process, but it totally works. Not to mention the money I save and the chemicals I avoid, like aluminum. Although, there’s no solid evidence that aluminum-based compunds lead to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, there are correlations. And to me, that’s reason enough to ditch it.
The less chemicals I put in and around my body, the better chance I have to be doing cartwheels around the grandkids someday.
Simple living takes baby steps. I am trying to get there. Trying to simplify. Trying to reduce my risk of cancer and live a longer, healthier life. And if I can lead by example, then a healthy family is pretty much in the bag.
Homemade Deodorant with Coconut Oil
Wanna join me on the hippie bandwagon? Let’s make some deodorant with coconut oil. The amount of ingredients below will fit nicely into a 125 mL Ball Elite mason jar (I bought these cuties from Target). Deodorant recipe originally from How About Orange.
1/3 c. baking soda
1/2 c. arrowroot powder
5 tbs unrefined coconut oil
15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together—I used my craigslist-score Kitchenaid Mixer.
2. Next add the oils and mix well.
3. Pour into clean jar.
This part is all personal preference. You can use a popsicle stick to get the deodorant out of the container…or your fingers. There are no rules, just make sure you use enough under your arms to keep you “sure” all day long.
I recently had a deodorant-making party and our first batch turned out very oily (I called it soupy). Depending on the temperature of your house, the deodorant will take on different states (coconut oil melts around 76 degrees). To counteract this, we added more baking soda and arrowroot and it became more pasty, which I prefer.
*Update (9/17/12): The original recipe used 1/3 cup arrowroot, but I recently upped it to 1/2 cup and like it a lot more. It give it more of a thick clay consistency, which is really nice. If yours is still oily, add more baking soda and arrowroot.
More uses for Coconut Oil:
I use coconut oil on my face, for baking muffins, for toothpaste, deep conditioning treatments, and so much more.
You can read all about it here.