I have been trying to find the perfect, non-toxic and effective deodorant for years now.
Simple internet research will tell you that conventional deodorants contain aluminum and other potentially cancer-causing agents that I do not want to be slathering over my armpit pores on a daily basis. So in the colder months, I can sometimes get away without using any deodorant or using over the counter non-toxic brands. But, come warmer months (it's summer finally in San Francisco by the way!), I can't seem to find anything that will reliably control my hot body odor.
So I've been researching various recipes for homemade deodorant and trying them here and there, but it's this one (recommended by sweet mama friend) that finally worked.
The coconut oil soothes the skin and works as a natural fungus and bacteria fighter. The baking soda absorbs odors beautifully, and arrowroot absorbs wetness. Add in some fragrant and potent essential oils (I used antiseptic lavender and rosemary) and you've got yourself the perfect homemade deodorant your pits will love.
- 1/2c. Baking Soda
- 1/2c. Arrowroot Powder
- Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils (I used Lavender and Rosemary)
- Deodorant Containers (or use an empty container)
Combine the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a bowl. Add in the coconut oil slowly, until the mixture starts to thicken and look like paste. When thick enough (and thoroughly mixed), place the deodorant in your containers and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until hard. It is now ready to use! Store in a cool, dark cupboard and your deodorant will last up to 6 months.
Join our community of courageous, wild womxn
Don't worry about whether you'll fit in. You belong, sister! I'll send you weekly-ish emails about expressing your authentic self, sisterhood, and living with the seasons to enjoy with your morning cup of tea (or, if you're like me, a killer cup of coffee).