Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The one were I admit I don't wear antiperspirant

While I have been using homemade deodorant for about a year and a half I still cannot believe that I am admitting this publicly.  A few years ago my eyes would have probably popped out of my head, and I would have labeled someone as a "hippie" for trying this!  I didn't even tell Jordan partially to see if he noticed!  He never did.
Here is the story (because making your own deodorant probably warrants a story!) I had read a few articles about the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants.  There are equally as many reports saying that it is totally safe, but I was nursing at the time and was wondering what was being absorbed into my body and passed onto my little one.  At the same time I was just thinking about the fact that God made my body to naturally detox through sweat, and I questioned if it was a good idea for me to bypass this process. 
So I tried a natural aluminum-free deodorant from the store, and it was a total failure.  I was sticky and smelly!  Then I read about a woman who tried the same brand I did, stank, and made her own deodorant with success!  I tried it, and it works for me too.  Here is the basic recipe:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda,
  • ¼ cup corn starch,
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbs bees wax (optional in the winter, but essential in the summer!  If you leave out the bees wax in the summer you will need to keep it in the fridge.  That seems inconvenient and cold to me.  Brr!)
  • Tea tree oil 8 drops (This is optional.  I didn't use it the first time I made it, but I have since added it. I like tea tree oil because it is an antibacterial, and it is the bacteria that cause the stink!) 
Melt the oil and bees wax (together on the stove is fine), mix in the soda, starch and tea tree oil and pour into an empty old deodorant container.  Let it cool and set up!

A couple things to keep in mind.  1) When I use this I still sweat. (just a whole lot less now that my body has adjusted and isn’t trying to fight the antiperspirant). If you are switching from an antiperspirant give your body a little time to adjust. The goal with deodorant is to not stink.  2) This formula is not “little black dress approved.”   The baking soda can leave white spots on clothes. 

If your brave and tried this one let me know how it goes!  I would love to hear about it!

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  1. Hi -

    Question for you: What is the " 1/4 baking soda " ? ? ?

    Is that 1/4 cup; tablespoon; or what ? ? ?

    Sorry maybe I missed reading something somewhere - but I am ready to make this and want to make sure I have the amounts correct.

    Thanks - Deb

    1. Oh my! Yes, a 1/4 cup. You are right you don't want to get that mixed up. I will change it in the post. Thanks, and let me know how it goes!

  2. This sounds like a really great recipe! I love the idea of being able to store and apply it so easily. I'm definitely trying this!