Thursday, October 23, 2014

D.I.Y. creepy-chemical-free deodorant.

Hear me out, you have to try this... I had been wanting to stop wearing antiperspirant because... well I don't like the idea of applying a mixture of creepy chemicals and aluminum to my body. I had tried using Crystal deodorant spray, but I found it didn't work for me. Like at all.

Then I came across a great post on Wake Up World with a recipe for Coconut Oil Deodorant. I was intrigued...
I was already on the coconut oil bandwagon. It has so many uses... you can cook with it, you can use it on your skin, and you can even use it to remove those pesky bar-code stickers that refuse to peel off in one piece and leave a bunch of sticky goop behind that you smear around with your fingernails until you reach your personal threshold of where it's good enough and you are ready to move on with your life.  Anyway, the deodorant recipe... it's so simple!
Just use equal parts of melted Coconut Oil, cornstarch, and baking soda. Mix it up. Let it cool and solidify. Done. Get this... you can even take an empty deodorant container, scrape out all the gunk, then refill it with your coconut oil mixture before it solidifies! Or you can buy empty ones from amazon. I love the idea of natural deodorant. But applying deodorant from a jar with a popsicle stick or something to that effect? Not so much.

The results? Well I used 1/4 cup of each ingredient and that was just about right to refill the empty stick. The recipe I found also mentioned that you can add a few drops of an essential oil. I used a couple drops of lavender in mine. It goes oddly well with the coconut scent.  

I've been using it for a few months now and it. is. amazing. Seriously, never going back. It works great. Even better than antiperspirant. It took me ten minutes to make. Cons? It does melt very easily so it's not ideal for travel. Other than that, I haven't run into any problems. 

All the ingredients are cheap and you may already have them in stock! You can order the coconut oil on amazon if you're into that sorta thing. 

I highly encourage you to visit the page where I found this recipe.  They go into much more detail about why traditional antiperspirants are probably not the best ideas, and fact that we have all been clogging our armpit pores with aluminum like it's no big deal. 

Has anyone else tried this recipe? Modified it at all? Tell me how it worked out for you!

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