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…