Homemade All-Natural Deodorant with Coconut Oil
All-natural is always better!
I'm really starting to become obsessive about using all-natural products. I've already switched to an all-natural toothpaste (which you can get the recipe for here), and I have also traded out my lotion, shampoo, and conditioner for healthier all-natural products that I buy at my local health food store.
I've been hearing about the dangers of using store bought deodorant for quite some time now. Aluminum seems to be the main culprit of all the controversy. Aluminum has been linked to both breast cancer and Alzheimer's Disease and over time the prolonged exposure to aluminum in deodorant can build up in the body.
Coconut Oil All-Natural Deodorant
Over the past few months I've come to realize that coconut oil is an amazingly versatile product! I started using organic coconut oil as a facial moisturizer and for my acne, which you can read about here, and I now use it for toothpaste and deodorant as well. Although you can find a few store bought deodorants that do not contain aluminum, chances are they still contain other harmful ingredients and parabens. After doing a little research I decided to give homemade deodorant a shot, and I couldn't have asked for better results. I've been using my homemade coconut oil deodorant for two weeks now and I just love it! It works just as good (if not better) than store bought deodorants with all those harmful ingredients in them. I would much rather use a deodorant with 4 simple ingredients than a deodorant with ingredients that I can't even pronounce. I haven't had any problems with sweating or body odor, so I know it is really working!
To make your homemade coconut oil deodorant you will need the following...
- Organic unrefined coconut oil (it comes in solid form)
- Baking soda
- Cornstarch or Arrowroot powder
- Essential Oil (such as rose oil, tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, etc.)
- An empty deodorant container or other container for your deodorant
*Please note that some people are sensitive to cornstarch, in which case you should use the arrowroot powder.
Step 1: Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of corn starch in a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add 5 Tbsp. of the coconut oil, if it is too solid just warm it a bit so you can work with it.
Step 3: Mix the baking soda, cornstarch, and coconut oil together well until it forms a paste, make sure there are no clumps in the mixture. You may need to add more cornstarch if your mixture is too runny. Add a little at a time until you get a good consistency.
Step 4: Add in about 10 drops of the essential oil, if you still can't smell the scent of the essential oil after 10 drops feel free to add more and adjust the scent to your preference. I used rose oil for my deodorant and I added about 15 drops total before I got a scent that I liked.
Step 5: Place the mixture into your empty deodorant container (or whatever container you are using). You may need to use a spoon to scoop it into the container. Fill it to the very top.
Step 6: Depending on the climate you live in you may want to store the deodorant in the fridge so that it doesn't melt and become liquefied. If it's cool enough in your home you can store it in a cabinet and it should be just fine.
I hope you enjoy your homemade all-natural deodorant as much as I do! Let me know what you think of this deodorant recipe in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!