Freshman year of college. My roommate, who I referred to then as someone I’d be friends with but never BEST friends, had about 20 different kinds of deodorant. Because I’m a weirdo, I drew her a magic marker poster of all her deodorants. And I misspelled deodorant: deoderant. After that, we became BEST friends (not because of the poster, probably) and I NEVER spelled deodorant incorrectly again. (Except right there. Which was on purpose!)
I blogged almost a year ago about this homemade deodorant recipe, and after a full year, I’m still loving it! Several of our family and friends use it as well and are pretty pleased with the results. Here is a little video tutorial if you want to watch me make a total mess in my kitchen (par for the course) where I talk about why I like it and Rob attempts close-ups of essential oils. (Thanks for filming, honey!) We will get better at making videos, I promise. Next on my list of things to conquer…
A few video notes: *My armpits turned brown as pregnancy mask that weirdly showed up in my pits. You wouldn’t notice it, and it’s not a side effect that anyone else I know has. *Don’t you love our new kitchen?! Still haven’t finished a recap post on that, but it’s coming. *The brand of gelato with these nifty containers is Talenti, available at Kroger or other grocery stores.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup baking soda
20 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops essential oil of your choosing for scent (I use peppermint or Thieves)
4 T coconut oil, to texture
Mix the cornstarch and baking soda until all clumps are gone. Add the essential oils and then the coconut oil. I would start with 2 tablespoons and keep mixing, adding a tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you like. I store mine in a screw-top plastic gelato container in the bathroom. This supply will last roughly five to six months. I’m terrible at estimating costs, but it’s cheap.
Why do I use homemade deodorant??
I started using it when I began to get concerned about things like aluminum in the store-bought brands. I tried some organic deodorants (not antiperspirants), but as an athlete, I found that I was terrifically stinky after roller derby. And actually, I was struggling with feeling stinky even with the store-bought deodorant PLUS antiperspirant. So this was about safety and health, but also smell.
If you watched the video, you heard this story, but I tried the store-bought antiperspirant one night at derby practice and then homemade deodorant at the next day’s practice. My teammate said that I smelled much better with the homemade deodorant–and I had NOT told her what I was using when. For me, that sealed the deal. It has now been almost two years and I have found that this is a GREAT recipe. Some people find that the baking soda irritates their armpits, but it’s probably all about skin type.
What essential oils do I use?
I use Tea Tree because it’s anti-bacterial, which is a great thing when it comes to your pits and smell. (You’ll notice most good soaps and lots of anti-antiperspirants say they are anti-bacterial.) For scent, I like Thieves (which is a little spicier like cloves and cinnamon) but my favorite is Peppermint, which makes me feel really fresh. For oils, you can find cheap ones at the grocery store or online, but the BEST are Young Living. They are the top of the line and I think you do get what you pay for with essential oils. Since I’m mostly using them here for scent, I don’t care as much. But for healing properties and health, getting higher quality oils is the best. You can order Young Living Oils from me, or you can email me with questions!
*If you are interested, you can sign up as a retail member just to buy or wholesale. I’d recommend wholesale because you can order a starter kit for $150 or $160 that comes with a slew of oils to try PLUS diffuser, which is a great thing for scenting your home and dispersing oils in the air for health. Diffusers alone run like $100, so it’s a great savings!
As a final, but important point: I still sometimes smell my armpits in public and my husband has just asked me, respectfully, to stop.