On my quest for making and using more natural and chemical-free products, I developed a great recipe for an all-natural, unscented deodorant. I have been veering away from using paraben and aluminum laden commercial deodorants for quite a while now. But it was getting harder and harder to find deodorants that fit the bill. Even Trader Joe’s unscented deodorant, which is paraben and aluminum free, was full of all sorts of ‘other’ ingredients. Plus, it’s pretty pricey – about $4.00 for a 2 oz. stick. I wanted to make a deodorant that was kind to the skin, neutralized odors, and absorbed moisture. And was made inexpensively from products that are easily found at the grocery store. I came up with using coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch to make this recipe. Three basic products that the only ingredient listed for all three are the product itself. I didn’t want to add scent or essential oils because of possible skin reactions. It is really easy to make and takes about 5 minutes. Plus it is so pure you could eat it if you wanted to (I’d have to be really hungry to do that though!). I’ve used this nifty deodorant every day for about two weeks now and I love it. It absorbs easily, soothes the delicate underarm skin, neutralizes odors, and absorbs a light amount of sweat. It is not an antiperspirant, so a little wetness is to be expected.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1/4 cup Corn Starch
Put 1/2 cup coconut oil in small pan and melt over low heat. Add 1/4 cup baking soda, stir. Add 1/4 cup corn starch, stir. Mix together until dry ingredients are dissolved and blended. Pour into small jar. Let it cool and set. I put it in the freezer for about an hour to accelerate setting. Use a fingertip dab underneath each armpit. The coconut oil solidness depends on the room temperature. If it is hard it will melt readily when applied to the skin.
Enjoy your fresh, soft, natural, chemical-free underarms! ~Marilyn