Saturday, April 7, 2012

Make Your Own Deodorant!

Okay, so here's another way to carve a bit off your shopping bill! This literally took my sister and I about 5 min. from start to finish.

Why, do you ask, would one want to make deodorant? Well, quite apart from being cheaper, it's also MUCH better for your skin! Just because the armpit gets a bad wrap because of BO and unwanted hair doesn't mean we should mistreat it! The skin under your arms is actually quite sensitive and absorbent. Unfortunately, the average bar of store bought deodorant is chalk full of harmful, irritating chemicals that can cause breakouts.
But did you also know that most deodorants contain Talc? Talc is a mineral ground from talc rocks and, during the grounding process,  creates fibers that are very similar to asbestos. Many studies have shown time and time again that Talc can cause lung, ovarian and skin cancer but the FDA hasn't banned it from beauty products OR food.

So, not something you really want to be rubbing on your skin everyday, huh? Well, just make your own! Here's what you'll need:

Coconut Oil: about 7 tablespoons
Baking Soda: 1/2 cup
Arrowroot powder (for Talc free cornstarch): 1/2 cup
Essential oil: few drops

Now, coconut oil is a solid at room temperature so you'll need to warm it up in the microwave for about 30 secs. When it's soft, mix in the arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oil (I left this out because I like the smell of just the coconut oil but Lavender E/O would be a great choice).  It will get tacky as the coconut oil cools leaving you with a icing-like mixture that can be stored at room temp!


  1. Oh I so want to try this! Might I suggest an easier to read font for your blog? It was very hard to read.

  2. I just changed it! My husband felt the same...thanks for the input!
    The deodorant works great! I just worked out and I still smell like coconuts and nothing more!