HOMEGROWN Life: Making Your Own Deodorant

| 10/22/2012 1:49:12 PM

Tags: beauty, personal care, cosmetics, diy, homemade, Farm Aid and Homegrown.org,


This post appeared originally at HOMEGROWN.org. 

By Rachel at Dog Island Farm 

Commercial deodorants, along with shampoos, conditioners and body soaps have all sorts of toxic chemicals in them. Want to freak yourself out? Check out the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database to see exactly what those ingredients can do to you. Thanks to the database I have decided to age gracefully and no longer dye my hair or use "age-defying" treatments for my skin. I've switched from using commercial shampoo to using either a homemade shampoo bar or baking soda and apple cider vinegar (depending on my mood for the day). Same goes for body soap - we now use only homemade soap. I no longer wash my face with soap then slather it with some toxin-containing lotion. Instead I now use coconut oil. I slather it on heavily than wipe it off with a cloth which removes dirt, excess oil, even makeup. It leaves my skin feeling supple and smooth and it's never dried out. Amazingly it's also never oily either. Goodbye T-zone. And let me tell you, my skin has NEVER looked this good. Gone are the fine lines and most important of all, the mid-life acne is gone. Completely. I don't even get hormonal acne anymore. It's a thing of beauty (pun intended).

The deodorant switch was our latest experiment. Tom was skeptical about it and rightly so. Tom is a man's man and is the muscle around here. He's big, he's strong, and he works hard and gets (really) sweaty, which can often times lead to the unpleasant odor of man-sweat. So I had a challenge ahead of me. I found some recipes online but none seemed that appealing. I wanted something easy to make from ingredients that we almost always have on hand, or at least could easily keep on hand and were readily available at local stores. So here is what I finally came up with:

2 oz Coconut Oil
1/2 oz beeswax
1/4 C baking soda
1/4 C cornstarch (non-GMO of course)
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
20 drops any other essential oil for scent (optional)
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together in a sauce pan on low heat. Once melted take off of heat and mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into cleaned out deodorant containers. This is enough to fill 2 medium sized deodorant containers.

1/31/2013 6:51:12 PM

Grind up lemon rind in the blender into a powder. Fast easy and smells great!!

Marci Blasi
1/26/2013 4:53:15 AM

I've made mine for a couple years but without the beeswax, and I just keep it in the fridge in the summer. I love it with orange and jasmine added!

1/26/2013 1:40:24 AM

Good luck finding GMO-free corn starch! Arrowroot powder is easier to find and works exactly the same. It isn't GMO either.

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