The very first thing I wanted to make on my own was deodorant. However, it took me over a year after I found the recipe I wanted to try to actually make it. But I did, and I was proud. We all know how I feel about the benefits of homemade anything, and I love making my own deodorant. My favorite thing about making my own deodorant is that I know exactly what's in it (and that NEVER includes aluminum for these reasons).
If you're new to homemade skin care products, this is a great recipe to try first. It only has 3 ingredients (unless you add essential oil), and is very simple.
The recipe below is derived from this one at Passionate Homemaking. She also has a Q&A about this recipe here.
What you'll need:
5-6 TBSP Coconut Oil (more in winter, less in summer)
1/4 cup cornstarch OR arrowroot powder (if you have very sensitive skin)
1/4 cup baking soda
4-6 drops essential oil (optional-tea tree or lavender would be my pick)
What you'll do:
1. Mix the cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) and baking soda together in a small bowl with a spoon.
2. Melt or soften the coconut oil in a double boiler (glass bowl over a boiling pot of water) or set the coconut oil outside for a few minutes (it melts at 76 degrees). The original recipe does not say to melt the coconut oil but I find it makes mixing and pouring so much easier.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the coconut oil and mix with a spoon until well combined.
4. Add essential oils, if you are using them, and mix well.
5. You can pour or scoop this into your old deodorant container once it's all combined. Let it sit until firm again. If you are very impatient (like me) you can stick it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to speed up the cooling process.
Note: If you use an old deodorant tube you will most likely need to store it in the refrigerator because coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. Also, ONLY roll up as much as you need. If you roll up too much it will fall out onto the floor (ahem-I know this to be true). My PREFERRED method for using THIS deodorant is to just keep it in a glass container with a lid in my bathroom and apply it with my fingers. Yes, my fingers. It's really not as strange as it sounds once you try it. :)
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