I waited until I had a chance to test this recipe for myself so that I could heartily recommend it to you =) I have now been using this for about a week. See my comments below.
Credit for this recipe goes to Lindsay at PassionateHomemaking.com I read about this deodorant a while ago on her blog, but I have been happy with my “natural” deodorant from the health food store, so I wasn’t in any hurry to try it. This last time she posted I did some investigating (which probably doesn’t surprise you =>) and discovered that the deodorant that I have been so happy with has talc and another petroleum ingredient in it that I don’t like. I also saw the many, many responses she received from her readers saying how much they loved the deodorant and how well it worked… So I decided it was time to try Lindsay’s recipe.
Let me tell you, it is every bit as incredible as she and her readers say it is. Not only is it easy to make, but it is very effective. I liked the other deodorant because it didn’t have to be applied every day, but I have found that for my level of activity, this one doesn’t either. Mind you, it is cold here, so summer may be a different story… but I tend to get clammy under my arms even in winter. I have had absolutely NO body odor. In fact, it works even BETTER than the other one I was buying.
You are welcome to visit Lindsay’s blog where she has done a nice video showing how to make this, but I have also included the recipe here for you. I used cornstarch because I had it on hand, but next time I will make sure I have some arrowroot.
Coconut Oil Deodorant
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)
- Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder.
- Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
- You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.
I took Lindsay’s advice and purchased my coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. In fact, I was so excited about it that I became an affiliate, so if you don’t have another source for virgin coconut oil and you choose to purchase through my link, I will get a small percentage. I bought a large (5 gallon) container of the refined virgin coconut oil because I plan to make more deodorant (maybe even sell some this summer at our farmers market!), try some other recipes for cosmetics and use it for soap-making as well. I also bought a gallon size container of unrefined virgin coconut oil so I can make more of that delicious fudge and peanut butter cups.
For those of you who prefer, there is a link here with instructions on how to put it into an old deodorant container.