Jan 032011
 

I actually started on the road to naturalizing my deodorant even before my adventures with the No Shampoo Method, so I thought it was about time I shared!

Like my friend Lisa Stone, I started with simply dampening my armpit and using baking soda. I confess I was surprised – it worked really well!

The only immediately drawback was that it was somewhat messy (baking soda dust all over the bathroom).

As time went on, I also got some irritation starting (especially on one side). I guess it is a little harsh – we use it as a scouring agent in cleaning, after all!

So I decided to jump in with both feet and try the homemade deodorant so perfectly explained and illustrated over at Kitchen Stewardship (her photo). There’s another great tutorial at Passionate Homemaking.

The recipe is simply this:

  • 6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (cooled to a solid)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)

You just mix this up, then fill an old commercial deodorant container, and you’re all set!

This recipe filled my old “Secret” tube, with enough left (stored in a Tupperware in the refrigerator) to fill it probably twice more.

I have been using this preparation for a while now, and I am very pleased with the results.

As a deodorant, it works beautifully. And since switching over from plain baking soda, I have not had any skin irritation.

Although solid when cool, the mixture is a little more gooey than the recipes seem to indicate when I apply it, so I think I probably need to use less oil and/or more cornstarch next time. I’ll try adding more cornstarch to the leftover mixture before the next refill. (Obviously it is not a problem that has stopped me from using the mixture as is…)

Wolf dislikes coconut a lot, so I’m not sure if he’ll be willing to use this. It doesn’t leave you smelling tropical all day, but it does have a scent (which I actually like a lot!) when you are putting it on.

We could try another oil, but coconut has various properties that make it a superior choice (such as being antibacterial).

I’ll keep you posted…

  8 Responses to “Natural Deodorant – Step 1”

  1. Wow, really cool! I don’t know how it comes out costwise, but the Crystal Stick works really well and lasts forever. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have the oil and has to be reapplied after swimming, etc.

  2. I tried the crystal stick, and it didn’t really work for me. Also, it does something like turn to ammonia if you use it together and baking soda (burning, horrible ammonia smell). I blogged about that. Yuck! I’m finally breaking down and doing step 3 to add the coconut oil today. I’ll try a little less oil maybe and see how it goes. Glad you’re trying it, Tiffany.

  3. Does it really take care of sweat and odor? I have really been wanting to try a natural deodorant, but tend to sweat a lot and have odor with it.
    Thanks!
    Joycelyn

    • It is *not* an antiperspirant… God intended for our bodies to have that process in place, and as far as I know there’s not a *natural* way to stop it.

      The cornstarch does help *absorb* moisture, and it does a terrific job with the odor.

  4. I’ve used this for the past several months, and have been very happy with it. If the coconut smell is too strong for you, try adding a couple of drops of essential oil, BUT be careful which oil you pick. Several oils will burn your skin. Lavender is a good one to start with.

    Evie – I tried the Crystal stick, and I agree, it does work MOST OF THE TIME. When it was hot out, I had to reapply, and it does require water to apply. With this recipe, you don’t have to.

    Lisa Stone – why are you concerned with adding oil? Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, so it won’t make your skin oily.

    Joycelyn, it’s not a antiperspirant, but it does slow it down a little. I have problems with B.O. too, but this works.

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  6. [...] Read about the beginning of our natural deodorant adventure HERE. [...]

  7. I can’t describe how excited I am to try this! Thank you!

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