Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Homemade Deodorant

Quick and Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really Works!
This is one recipe that I just had to share because it's simple, easy and very inexpensive to make.  Yes, my family and I have been testing this one to be absolutely sure that it worked.  I sent the husband out for his long day of work outside in the warm weather.  He was a bit concerned but willing to participate in product testing. He came home, I did the 'sniff' test.  (Yes, I did).  Based on this test alone, with no reapplication throughout the day, I can tell you.  IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
I really encourage you to try this.  Either with the ingredients you have at home, or you can get them easily and inexpensively with us. 
If you have an extra 3-4 minutes in your day, that's all you need.  (if you were in a hurry, you could probably make it in less time than this, so no excuses!) 
So here is all you need:
1/4 cup Baking Soda 
2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
4-8 drops Essential Oil *optional (It depends on what you like. Our 5 mL sample sizes are more than enough.) My Essential Oil recommendations are: Lavender, or Lemongrass, or one of my favourite blends.. Grapefruit & Bergamot
1. Mix Baking Soda and Arrowroot together.  Give the Coconut Oil a good stir to smooth it out.  Add your essential oil(s) to coconut oil and mix well.  Combine your dry ingredients into the Coconut Oil/Essential Oil blend.  Done.  Put in airtight container.  Use small amounts are needed.
~ If you want a thicker consistency (as you can see from the pic above, I like mine to be almost like a playdoh consistency) use the lesser amount of coconut oil.  I rolled it into a ball and put into container. You can use any resealable container that you have on hand. If you want it to have more of a creamy consistency, use a bit more coconut oil.
~ 1/4 cups is equal to approximately 35 g.  This means, you could get the 100 g each of the baking soda and arrowroot, and this would be more than enough.
~ *You don't have to add any scent if you don't want to.  If you do, there's lots of choices, but there are some I would stay away from.  Cinnamon Leaf EO, or Clove Bud EO for example, might be a bit too harsh.  If you like an earthy scent, Patchouli would be interesting too! These are by no means your only choices, but it's a start.  Not a bad idea to add your EO drop by drop, having a sniff after each to get it just right.
~ If you have more sensitive skin, you may need to play with the ratios a bit.  Perhaps try a bit less baking soda (which means less salt), and maybe up the arrowroot powder.  Keep in mind that it's the baking soda that's offering the 'deodorant' properties here, so while you could substitute the baking soda entirely for perhaps a kaolin clay, you might not get quite the same results. Also, you can eliminate any added scent too.  The great thing about making your own products, is that you can adjust it as you need to, making a very personalized product for everyone in your family!
~ Remember this is a deodorant product, not an anti-perspirant.  Anti-perspirant blocks your pores, while this allows your body to do as it needs to, but not in a shtinky way.  It's a much healthier way to be!

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