Is this something I've blogged about before? It might be. But I've tweaked my recipe and my method, so here we go (again?): Homemade Deodorant.
It's at this point that you're thinking either "Yes! Awesome!" or "WTF? Gross." If it's the latter, I hear you, but stick with me for a few while I attempt to change your mind.
It is cost-effective. What does "regular" deodorant cost these days? I'm honestly not sure because it's been so long since I bought it, but I'm thinking it was upwards of $3 per unit a few years ago. And if you get fancy hippie deodorant, it's even more expensive. The ingredients for homemade deodorant aren't expensive and you can make a ton of deodorant with your relatively small investment or use the extra ingredients (coconut oil! baking soda!) in your kitchen or for other body products.
It is quick easy. It seriously only takes a few minutes and you are not going to screw it up. I think it's easier to whip up a batch when I run out than it was to remember to stock up at the grocery store in a timely fashion.
It's good for you. The ingredients aren't going to creep you out. There's no debate over carcinogens or hormone disruptors or blah blah blah. If you're like me, you stress out over this stuff sometimes...and now there will be one less creepy mass-merchandised body product to stress out over.
Of course, none of the above is going to sway you if the stuff doesn't work, and this is where many of you will be skeptical. You don't want to be stinky. Well, I don't want to be stinky either, and I love this stuff. Of course, if you're used to using antiperspirant, this won't be what you're used to. You will still sweat. But, hey, your body needs to sweat. Sweating is healthy. But this deodorant will keep you from stinking. Cross my heart.
So let's roll...
1/3 cup baking soda
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
10 drops tea tree oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon shea butter
1/2 teaspoon beeswax
In a small bowl, mix baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oil.
In a small pan, add coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Melt over low heat, stirring often.
Once the mixture is melted, remove from heat and pour over powdered mixture. Stir thoroughly and pour into jar. Leave lid off until cool.
To use: Apply a small amount to each armpit with your fingers. I like to let it dry a couple of minutes before putting my shirt on, but that's not really necessary. If it is very hot outside and mixture is too liquid, keep it in the fridge for some extra nice armpit cooling.