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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pinterest Adventures: Homemade Deodorant

I have a personal question to ask.

Do I smell?

I hope not.  I have been using homemade deodorant for the past several months.  Once I heard that the chemicals in store bought deodorant may potentially cause breast cancer, I knew I had to try something else.   My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and I know I need to be vigilant now that I am reaching that age.

Homemade deodorant is simple to make.  
This is the source that I originally pinned: Source

 I really looked all around Pinterest and found mixed reviews on using arrowroot.  I chose to go with corn starch because most reviews say it does not cause irritation.

The recipe:

1/3 Cup Corn Starch
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup Baking Soda
10-20 drops of essential oil of choice.  I use lavender.

Mix together until the ingredients form a paste.  

Stuff into an old or new deodorant container.

Place in the refrigerator overnight and it sets up nicely.  Yep, my deodorant is hanging out next to the yogurt.

I had enough with this recipe to make a second container for my mom, and a travel size that I will keep in the freezer until I need to go somewhere.

Some of the Pinterest posts suggest adding beeswax in for the summer months so it won't melt so easily.  I haven't tried that yet.

I have to admit, the first few weeks that I used this deodorant, I did experience a bit of irritation.  Not a lot, but it was noticeable.  The Pinterest theory is that your body has to detox itself from the chemicals in your old deodorant.  I have no way to prove that.  However,  now that I am past that, I really prefer this homemade concoction.  I feel safer.  I think it works well.  But, if I do smell, will you let me know?

1 comment:

  1. Homemade deodorant products are free of chemical and this is the most important benefit of deodorant. That is why I am using homemade products.