First of all, it's very inexpensive to make your own. There's just 3 ingredients: coconut oil, corn starch, and baking soda. The coconut oil does not have to be exra-virgin organic or anything special. I found a large jar (32 oz) of coconut oil at WalMart and it was around $2.99 (don't quote me on that!) So, if each batch needs 8 oz of oil, the deodorant cost comes to less than $1.00 altogether. I've spent a lot of money on "all-natural" deodorants in the store, and none of them are that cheap! Now, for my second batch I am going to use my Tropical Traditions coconut oil, but I've found the cheap stuff works fine :)
Another reason, it's better for you! Now, I'm not sure if it's been proven or not, but there's been some concern over the aluminum and other chemicals in deodorants and a possible link to breast cancer. I'd rather avoid the possible risk!
Lastly, it actually works. I was skeptical at first, but I can tell you that it does the job well. It is not an anti-perspirant, so it won't reduce sweating, but your body is supposed to sweat! At least you won't stink.....:)
Homemade All-Natural Deodorant
from Passionate Homemaking
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)
- Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder.
- Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
- You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.
**You can also add a few drops of essential oil if you'd like it scented. I added a few drops of tea tree oil to give it a fresh scent.**
I keep mine in a little 1-cup tupperware container and apply the deodorant with my fingers. It feels like I'm just applying lotion to my underarms! I also usually put it on after bathing and wait a few minutes before getting dressed so that it won't leave an oil mark on my clothes.