This Homemade Deodorant using Coconut Oil, is a continuation of my Everything Coconut Oil Series. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love Coconut Oil! 😉
Making homemade deodorant has been on my to-do list for quite awhile now. I really wish I had gotten to it sooner! Because it was so easy and it works wonderfully!
After using it for several weeks now, I have grown accustomed on the best way to apply. I read numerous reviews on how it can sometimes bother or irritate the skin. I noticed right away that it did bother my skin a bit, but I realized, it was because, I had just finished showering and shaving. So applying the deodorant to freshly shaved skin, may cause the skin to sting a little.
To combat the sting and irritation, I applied some coconut oil to my underarm first and then applied the homemade deodorant. Since then I haven’t had any irritations! 🙂
Now on how well it works, I have much to say about it!
It works better than store bought deodorant! I have tested it on several occasions, wondering if it would stand up against the hot Florida humidity, and to my surprise and delight it does!
My first test came, when I needed to spend the middle of the day outside mowing. It took me a couple of hours and on normal occasions, I will have to reapply deodorant to combat all the hot-humidity! But with my homemade coconut oil deodorant, I didn’t have to! I was hot and sweaty yes, but there was no bad smell 🙂
I am also pleased to know, that my hubby is very happy with his. I added tea tree oil to his batch and will forever add it to mine in the future. It smells so nice on him. I can always smell a fresh clean fragrance when he hugs me. Its way better than the chemical-loaded-store-bought stuff 😉
1/2 Cup of Arrow Root (very similar to corn starch) mixed with 1/3 Cup of Baking Soda.
Five tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
I used my little hand held botch, but I think it was not necessary. Using a fork or spoon will work perfectly.
Five to ten drops of an essential oil of your choice. I used Lavender for the first batch. But later used Lavender and Tea Tree for my hubby’s. Tea Tree is a great anti-bacterial and works really well combating bacteria. I loved the combination of the two oils.
Mix everything together…
Use an empty deodorant container. For the most part, I like using the container, but depending on the consistency of the deodorant, it doesn’t always work well. A little goes a long way so I very gently apply my deodorant and will sometimes use my fingers to rub cream/paste further better into my skin. But if you would rather us a jar and apply with your fingers, by all means, that would work too 😉
In just a few minutes I had homemade deodorant! I am forever hooked 🙂 I hope I inspire you to give it a try and begin letting go of those bad deodorants they sell in the stores. I should have done this a long time ago!
Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant
1/3 Cup of Baking Soda
1/2 Cup of Arrow Root (I purchased some from Whole Foods, but I have seen it at smaller Health Food stores as well. It is much like cornstarch. If you don’t have arrow root accessible you can substitute with cornstarch. But I would only do that until I could get a hold of some 🙂
5 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Five to Ten Drops of Essential Oils. My favorites so far Tea Tree and Lavender. But feel free to play with all the different essential oils 🙂
Once everything has been mixed and stirred together, you can add more coconut oil or more of the dry ingredients to reach a consistency you are happy with. I ended up mixing in more Arrow Root to my first batch, because it was a little too wet in my opinion, but then after using up my deodorant, I found that once I reached the bottom, it had become very dry. So I might just leave as is next time.
I found several deodorant recipes online, but my favorite and inspiration, was at Family Sponge.com