I don’t know if you’ve heard about how to make your own deodorant yet, but if you haven’t, or have been curious about trying it… pay attention!
I first came across the idea when my friend reposted this link on facebook. Then I noticed that Vegancuts.com was selling some for more than I wanted to pay, so started asking around to see if anyone had tried it. My friend Timb said he had been using a similar recipe with his own sage or peppermint oils for about 2 months, and that it was the best deodorant he’d ever used.
Just to give you a background on Timb, he’s a 6’4″ guy who lives in South Florida and drives a car with no A/C, so once he told me this, I knew it was worth giving it a try! Now the recipe he used said you could use cornstarch for the arrowroot from the above recipe, and listed the essential oils as optional.
Since I had a whole bunch of unrefined coconut oil, organic cornstarch and baking powder right in my kitchen cabinets, I decided to give it a go. (That and I had been scraping on the very last bit of my usual men’s antiperspirant, so I figured it was time.)
For my 1st batch I used a 1:1:1 ratio of the above ingredients, using 3.5 tsps of each. I used an empty vitamin D2 bottle as my container not only because I wanted to start with a small batch in case I didn’t like it, but also because I was flying the next day and was aiming to keep it to an airline friendly amount.
This is the recipe from my 2nd batch with just a little more cornstarch and in a larger quantity. Still fit in the vitamin bottle perfectly. Almost filled it… (Updated 4/9/13)
EDIT: 6/29/13 I have made a Summer Strength version as well! Not only is it better at fighting the summer sweat, it keeps the mixture a little less runny in the hotter liquid state. Also appropriate year round for Florida! See below! :)
DIY Coconut Oil Vegan Deodorant
2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. organic cornstarch (or arrowroot)
2 tbsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
2 tbsp. + 2 tsp. organic cornstarch (or arrowroot)
2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
1. Combine dry ingredients. I did this by adding them in, and shaking the sealed bottle.
2. Add liquid coconut oil. If yours isn’t liquid, you’ll need to warm it up so that it’ll mix well. I have a very warm kitchen, so I just left it on the counter for a little while. I poured in the liquid, and shook it up again to combine all the ingredients well.
What I was left with was a rich cream. It hardened up in my bathroom over night, but it wasn’t a problem. Once I dug in a little with my finger it gave way. You’ll only need about a dime to nickel size amount for each underarm. I love the smell, even without the essential oils! It’s like rubbing macaroons into your axilla. :) It may crumble a little, but mostly it just melts right in. I suggest rubbing it in the direction of hair growth after shaving to help with sensitivity of the skin. I did find it burned briefly a couple of times, but haven’t had the issue anymore, especially with the latest formula. (above)
DOES IT WORK?
YES IT DOES!! I agree with Timb, this is the best deodorant I’ve used. I’ve been using it for nearly a week and I have ZERO complaints. I wore it out singing and dancing, drinking, flying on a plane, sweating in Florida, etc. And even when I was actively sweating, I didn’t smell bad. After the sweating subsided, no odor. It really does the job.
*3/12/13 EDIT: So I do have one complaint! Since this is NOT an anti-persperant like I’m accustomed to, I am a little uncomfortable with the sweating part. I don’t know if adjusting the ratio could improve the wetness issue at all, but I may try that next.
*3/25/13 EDIT: I’ve just been using a bit extra on each underarm, and have not had the issue anymore. Of course, it’s been pretty cold lately. I’ll be making my second batch soon! I will keep you posted if anything else noteworthy comes up.
*4/9/13 EDIT: Updated the recipe with my more cornstachy formula. Works great!!
I’m so happy because not only am I off of the nasty chemical laden stuff that probably causes cancer, disease and god only knows what else, but it’s easy, cheap and vegan! Your skin is your largest organ, and absorbs everything you put on it, so whenever I can switch to something I wouldn’t feel unsafe eating, I feel a little bit better. Especially as someone working in the Oncology industry. Check it out and let me know what you think!
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