The chosen recipe:
1/4 c Baking Soda
1/4 c Arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
4-5 T Coconut oil
10 drops of essential oil
A container to put it in
|Ready to go!|
Start by adding in the dry ingredients. I whisked them together to make sure they were well blended.
Add in the Coconut oil. I used a fork to blend in. Add in your Essential oil. I used Lavender, a little Sandalwood, and some flowery, unknown oil that is not labeled, and I forgot what it was. Both Lavender and Sandalwood have anti-bacterial properties, which I thought would be a perfect for a deodorant. After you mix in the oil, just stir it up into a paste.
Next, put the mix into your container of choice. I used my empty deodorant container after washing all the nasty commercial stuff out of it.
|Ready to fill!|
I filled this one up and still had a lot left so I got my other empty and filled that up too. Notice my specialized tools.
|Right tool for the job. Ignore bananas.|
After filling, they looked like any other deodorant, but smelled lovely, and were safe enough to eat. Eww, I know, but you could.
|Ready to de-stink.|
I put both in the freezer to harden up for a bit. The next morning, I grabbed one, put it on like regular deodorant, and squished my arms around. There definitely seemed to be too much on, so I wiped some off, and put on my work shirt. About 15 minutes later, I noticed that my underarms looked "wet" and realized that there was still too much on. I still have to scrub it out to see if it stains, so I will have to get back to you on that.
Coconut oil melts at a very low temp so applying like normal was not a good idea. I wiped it all off and applied again, this time just swiping my fingers over the top and rubbing into my armpit. I went to work and the real test began.
I want something that is non toxic and healthy, but also something that works. Testing it at work would be proof enough for me as I work in a very fast paced bakery. About an hour into my shift, I felt pretty good and warned my boss of my experimental deodorant project. That made my pits fair game, though she never said a word about it. When I got home, I smelled my underarms, and, to be honest, there was a little smell, but not anymore than with conventional deodorants. I am thinking I may need a little more than I put on, so I will have to play with that. All in all however, a complete success! I would probably recommend putting it in a jar or tin with a lid instead of deodorant tubes. I hope you try this or some other recipe, and replace that nasty conventional stuff!