Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Crunchier Day by Day: Homemade Deodorant

Call me crazy (and some of you will, I know) but I think I just might be on to something here. I've just made my first batch of homemade deodorant. 

A big thank you to Lindsay at for inspiring/educating me via this post of hers (watch her video. She seems very nice and watching her make the recipe helps you wrap your mind around the concept of making your own product). 

And... I know, I know. I've scoffed too. This is not the first time I've heard about people making their own deodorant. I've always thought "crazy wingnuts!" and let my prejudice/reliance on commercial products take over from there. But this time (again, her video is so cute!) I decided to make a go of it. Cornstarch and baking soda I already had. The jar of organic coconut oil cost me $6 and I used less than 1/4 of the jar for what may be 3 months (?) worth of product.  

Admittedly, I've been using less that a week--and it's only 30 degrees outside--but I think this stuff just might work!  Natural, inexpensive, and a fabulous conversation starter. ;-)

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. 
Or until you smell me. 
(Please tell me if you smell me! Or... don't. I'm happy not knowing, I guess.)


Rissa March 4, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

Nice! I've been wanting to try this so bad! I'm lagging on picking up more coconut oil and arrowroot powder but I totally need to. I currently use coconut oil for my moisturizer (face and body) and it's awesome. I'd love to further simplify by using it for more than moisturizing (and cooking, of course).
And I'd totally tell you if I smelled you! (Nicely...I promise.)

Hobo Mama March 9, 2010 at 2:36 AM  

Oo! I won't knock you. This looks fabulous. I had no idea you could make natural deodorant so easily.

Paige March 22, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

Cool! Thanks for posting this! I just got a recipe for homemade toothpaste and this would be perfect too.

Paige March 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

OH, and I use coconut oil as a moisturizer too. On myself and my 1 year old. I also cook with it (for cooking I get the refined kind since it has no coconut smell or taste).

the grumbles April 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

How's this working for you? I'm incredibly curious. I'm a little freaked out by the coconut oil though, does it smell very coconut-y?

Thomasin April 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

grumbles, it's working really well! I should do a catch-up post. Basically, I'm loving it and smell better (according to my husband) than I did back when I was using anti-persperant!

& no, the coconut oil is very mild. I don't small the coconut at all. If anything, I smell a little of the lavender and the tea tree oils that I added.

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