Easy Homemade Deodorant

The other day I ran out of deodorant. Which is, as you know, super inconvenient. I really did not want to make the trip to Target for one stinkin (no pun intended) item. Because you know you can not get out of that place without spending like $100. Or, maybe that’s just me…

Personal problems, I tell ya.

Anyway, I thought about what else I could purchase there. Mascara? Nope, have some. Clothes? Nope, don’t need ’em. Things for the house? Nope, nowhere to put anything. Books? Nope, buy those used. I really honestly couldn’t think of a single thing I needed (or wanted, for that matter).

So it came down to this: go without deodorant for awhile or figure out a plan B.

I decided to go with the latter of the two. No one likes a stinky girl (and especially not the fiance!).

Plan B.

I wasn’t quite sure what that was going to be at first. But after a little research online I realized that I could make my own deodorant! Who knew?!

There were a few recipes that I checked out, but they all seemed to have these ingredients in common:

baking soda

coconut oil

essential oil

And there you have it, Easy Homemade Deodorant! I can even tell you (honestly) that I do not reek of B.O. I’ve been using it for over a week now and I actually feel like I’m sweating less than I was on those chemical-laden antiperspirants (or the Tom’s antiperspirant for that matter). Weird, huh?

Even the fiance agrees that making the switch has not resulted in me turning into a freshman-boy-who-doesn’t-realize-he-needs-to-wear-deodorant-yet (my words, not his – I am a high school teacher, remember?). He even said he might start using it (insert happy celebratory dance here)!

The upside? No harsh chemicals being applied directly onto my skin (our largest organ, in case you didn’t know!). Deodorant I could eat (not that I would want to, but you get the point – I hope). Cheaper than store-bought.

The downside? None, that I can think of at least. :)

Win win!

Here’s how it works:

Baking soda deodorizes, coconut oil moisturizes, tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial, and essential oils make it smell pretty. Need I say more? You can also add arrowroot powder to thicken (and it supposedly draws out toxins).

Why arrowroot over cornstarch? Read girlmeetsnourishment.com’s take on that here.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup baking soda

few drops tea tree oil

few drops favorite essential oil – optional (I used Doterra’s wild orange and lavender)

Directions:

Mix melted oil and baking soda together in small bowl.

Add in a few drops of tea tree oil and essential oil of your choice. Stir well to combine.

Pour into small glass storage container with lid to store.

Taa-daaa! Easy Homemade Deodorant: you are my friend.

DISCLAIMER: Deodorant will naturally harden after awhile. You will only need a little to spread around and cover entire armpit area. When temperatures become warm (which is not a huge problem in Minnesota), store in a dry and cool place (like a cupboard – makes sense right?). Unlike conventional deodorants, your hands will not feel rubbery. Just rub the excess into your hands.

Makes about 4 oz.

Goodbye stinkies! 

Easy Homemade Deodorant

Any favorite essential oils you like to use? Other homemade items you’d like to see on this blog?

 

Easy Homemade Deodorant
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Serves: 4 oz.
 
Homemade deodorant free of harsh chemicals! Easy-to-make and effective!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • few drops tea tree oil
  • few drops favorite essential oil - optional (I used Doterra's wild orange and lavender)
Instructions
  1. Mix melted oil and baking soda together in small bowl.
  2. Add in a few drops of tea tree oil and essential oil of your choice. Stir well to combine.
  3. Pour into small glass storage container with lid to store.

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