Every once and a while on this green journey of ours, I reach a new level of crunchiness I never thought possible. This is one of those times, friends.
I’ve heard and read about all the nasties in deodorant for quite some time now. And over the years, though I’ve been more than a little concerned by it, never really wanted to go there. Surely holding on to one little thing like deodorant wouldn’t be sooo bad… Plus, I live in Florida. It’s hot here, don’t ya know? It may surprise some, but coconut oil doesn’t naturally stay solid here between April and October. And with coconut oil being the main ingredient in most recipes…Liquid deodorant??? No thank you!
But as has been the case with most things, the more I learned, the more bothered I became. And when my husband actually voiced concerns about all the toxic junk we slather on each day, I knew I could remain in denial no longer. It was time. I was going there.
I won’t regale you with all of the horrible and convincing reasons to go homemade with deodorant. Many a fine blogger has already done that. But I will share with you the recipe that works for me. Because, you see, I was still bound and determined not to use liquid deodorant.
When I found this recipe for homemade deodorant, I knew this was the one to try. I made a few adaptations, and I’m pleased to report that it works just as well as it’s commercial counterparts. I used it during some pretty labor intensive gardening, definitely worked up a sweat. But I was still smellin’ pretty good at the end of the day. I would say just as good, if not better then when using my store bought deodorant. Now, that’s impressive, if you ask me.
1 oz bar of beeswax
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 Tb Baking Soda
4 Tb Arrowroot Powder
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil
10 drops Essential oil (I like Wild Orange and Bergamot- I’m going to try Sandalwood for a more masculine version for my husband)
1 empty deodorant stick (I cleaned out an empty one I just finished up – if you’d like to use something new, you could get some like these)
(Use more or less to your liking.)
(note: don’t use a whisk here, use a wooden spoon. A whisk makes the mix too bubbly, and its hard to clean after…trust me on this.)
Now, wasn’t that easy? Oh, and it smells amazing! I feel silly for not trying this sooner. But, I’m a total diy deodorant convert now. Let the crunchiness continue!
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