I’ve been on the hunt for a good natural deodorant for quite some time. Most antiperspirants contain aluminum and other harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to your health. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer and that’s just one thing that I’d like to try to avoid if possible. I’d at least like to try to lower my risk by putting good things on and in my body. Antiperspirants also clog your pores and stop you from sweating and releasing toxins from your body. Knowing this, I began searching for a safer alternative. I’ve tried several different “natural” deodorants in the store and didn’t have much luck with any of them, not to mention they can be pretty pricey. I’m not too smelly of a person and can sometimes go without deodorant in the winter, but after profuse sweating in the humid Missouri heat of the summer, I just feel more comfortable with something on. Once I won a giveaway on a blog for homemade deodorant and loved it! After that positive experience, I have been wanting to make my own. I recently made this recipe and so far it has worked out great. I feel good about what I’m putting on my body and know exactly what went into it. Try it out! See what you think.
Mix baking soda and cornstarch to combine. Add coconut oil and mix or mash together. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to increase antibacterial properties. Store in a small lidded container. This will be more of a paste consistency than a hard solid like a conventional deodorant.
Note: If your house is hot like mine you may need to keep it in the fridge. Coconut oil is solid but begins to melt in temperatures above the mid 70s. If it melts, you will need to mix the ingredients back together because the baking soda and arrowroot will sink to the bottom. One recipe lasts me 4-6 months. Also don’t apply immediately after shaving as the baking soda may cause some irritation. Wait a few minutes.