Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Homemade Natural Deodorant

I like it! I finally tried it because I kept having to switch brands and scents of deodorants because of skin irritation. Also, I was concerned about the health effects of the aluminum that is in most antiperspirants (aluminum has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, etc.).

This all-natural stuff feels great and it honestly works better (read: I don't stink) than any store-bought deodorant I've ever used. I think it is important to use a good-quality unrefined coconut oil, because of its antibacterial properties.

Here's the recipe at Tammy's Recipes (which is a really great blog/recipe site; many of Tammy's recipes have become standbys at our house!).

Update: Okay, now that I've been using this stuff for a while, I have to say that sometimes if I apply it right after shaving, my underarms get irritated. I still like it, and I really like the light coconut scent, but I think next time I make it, I will use less baking soda.


dayz in and dayz out... said...

May I ask, what brand coconut oil did you use, and did you use the corn starch?


Melissa said...

Hi momtogirls5,

I used Spectrum expeller-pressed organic virgin coconut oil...I got it in the natural foods section of Fred Meyer, which is a Kroger-chain store. I used arrowroot powder, which I got at Whole Foods. I just saw that Pioneer Woman used a jar of Spice Islands arrowroot powder, which I suspect would be available in many grocery stores, in this recipe.

Amity said...

I always use natural or even no deoderant ( I don't sweat that much) BUT...when I am nursing the only thing that works for me is secret deoderant..I wonder if this would work? I will have to give it a try :-)

Candice said...

cool, I've read about that on Lindsay's blog too. I think I will give it a try too!