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Friday, June 1, 2012

Home Made Deodorant for Long Term Storage


OK - you may think I've gone completely bonkers with this one!  I made my own deodorant.  After great success with home made laundry detergent and home made liquid hand soap I decided to go step further and try my hand at deodorant.  WHY you might ask...


Well there are actually several reasons. Most over-the-counter deodorants contain aluminium chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and quaternium 18, among other toxic chemicals. Some of these have been linked to higher incidences of developing Alzheimer's and cancer.  I've tried many "natural" brands over the years with varying  degrees of success - the ones that worked really well were far more expensive than the national brands (for which there are often coupons and sales!)  So if exposure to chemicals and the extra expense wasn't enough incentive - how about long storage life?  You could put the ingredients into long term storage and smell good till 2040 and beyond!

This "recipe" contains only three ingredients, was very simple to make and IT WORKS!  I have had this personally verified by my resident "nose" - my daughter who has the sniffer of a hound dog.  Since I don't have a sense of smell I wouldn't want you to take MY word for it!  Here's a blog post from someone else who thinks it's the greatest: Suzannah Paul  from the Smitten Word (and I checked - SHE has a sense of smell!)



The recipe: 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup corn starch and 1/3 cup coconut oil (or a little more).  Mix altogether in a large bowl.  Tip:  Make sure the soda and the corn starch don't have lumps - it's much easier to mix without them!  The end consistency should be that of thick icing - still spreadable.  It will harden somewhat after it sits.



I used a stick blender because of the lumps - I probably should have used a sifter first.  Since coconut oil has a low melting point if you make this in the heat of the summer the consistency will be more like lotion - try it with less coconut oil - in the cold temperatures it's more like cold butter.  Either way - scoop into some small pretty jars and top with a lid.  This recipe made 2 1/2 - 1/2 pint jars and I used plastic storage lids for them.


Apply a pea-sized amount.  It smells lightly of coconut when you first apply it and it makes your skin feel soft and silky smooth.  I ran the numbers and the conservative price came to approximately $1.88 for the three jars.  That's about 20x cheaper by volume than the "on sale" commercial brand of ladies deodorant I have bought in the past.  I'd say that was worthwhile.  It took about 15 minutes of my time - including the time it took to clean the blender!




My toothbrush is feeling lonely - I wonder if I can find a home made toothpaste recipe!

33 comments:

jerryg said...

Toothpaste, Baking soda and Hydrogin peroxide. (use a 29% food grade). wet the toothbrush with the H2O2 and dip the bristles in the baking soda. Brush and rinse well.

Anonymous said...

Toothpaste: baking soda and coconut oil; just leave out the cornstarch & add a little mint, etc if you want. :-)

Anonymous said...

You did make a homemade toothpaste. I never thought of using it for deoderant. A little less coconut oil and a vinegar rinse and you have shampoo and conditioner.Thanks for giving me another use for my toothpaste/shampoo.

frankozi said...

Do you mind if I pin this on Pinterest? Fran

P.S. Lovet It, by the way!!

Anonymous said...

How long does it guard against odor?

Unknown said...

How long does it last during the day as a deoderant? I have to use the extra strong and long lasting stuff because my deoderant dies quickly.

Lc_otter@yahoo.com

Leigh Anne said...

Crunchy betty http://www.crunchybetty.com/homemade-toothpaste-want-to-ditch-the-fluoride has am awesome toothpaste recipe, I have used for 6m, my teeth have never been cleaner. I'm trying the deodorant tonight.

Anonymous said...

Could olive oil be used instead of the coconut oil?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if adding a bit of essential oil, lavender or such, would give the deodorant a nice scent? Anyone?

Anonymous said...

This seems totally awesome... but I have Q's... to repeat, can olive oil be used, or any other oil? What about essential oils? I'm sure it's great for odor, but how it is for hindering perspiration? Will definitely try this. I'm all for all natural!

GreenIdMama2 said...

how do you apply it with your fingers?

Anonymous said...

I found the essential oils can irritate my underarms

Anonymous said...

Most baking soda contains aluminum. Is this deodorant as effective with a non-aluminum version?

Gail Stratton said...

Has the coconut oil left any stains on your clothing? To the one who asked about replacing the c.o. with olive oil, I would think olive oil would for sure! Any sign of oily residue?

Anonymous said...

Doesn't this leave any oily residue on your clothing? I'm really interested in trying it, but don't want pit stains!

Anonymous said...

Homemade toothpaste? Just wet your toothbrush, turn it over and dip it in a container of baking soda. Just that simple, you have toothpaste.

JBeth said...

@Anonymous: I make mine with the non-aluminum soda and it works just as well. I wouldn't think you could use it with any other kind of oil because the coconut oil is more solid than the others. Another trick that I use to fight perspiration is to apply vinegar to my underarms after I get out of the shower and right before I apply the deodorant.

Anonymous said...

It is baking powder that contains aluminum. :-)

fireweedfarm said...

I believe you need to use coconut oil. It has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. I dont' know as olive oil is the same. Also, if you use olive oil, it will be a liquid. Coconut oil is a solid at room temp.

By the way, I use equal portions of baking soda, arrowroot poweder, and coconut oil.

To mix it easily, melt the coconut oil over low heat, add the powders, stir until smooth. Pour into jars.

anitapreciouspearl said...

I'm looking forward to trying the toothpaste recipes - thanks for those!

Feel free to add to Pinterest.

I suspect that how long it works is going to be different for each individual - come back and let me know how it works for you.

For those who have asked about the specific recipe: There's no harm in trying it with olive oil but because olive oil is a not solid at room temp it will not harden the same way. If you have very sensitive skin you can use arrowroot powder instead of the corn starch. As to the essential oils I suspect the one poster is correct - it will be a skin irritant to some people.

It is applied with your fingers!

As to the aluminium that is or is not present in baking soda - I'm not a scientist :) The baking soda I used for the photo does not say one way or the other but if you are more comfortable with one that is specifically labelled non-aluminium I'm sure it will work as well.

Anonymous said...

I have found it easier to mix equal parts of Bicarbonate of Soda and talcum powder, store in a container with a powder puff and just apply when you get hot.It removes all traces of sweat smell.

Momma Koozie said...

Clay is also a good ingredient for toothpaste. We take Redmond Clay everyday, but there are so many different ones out there. We buy it in 10lb bulk because of the many uses of clay. Just search the net and you'll see. We use it mainly to keep our bodies at a healthy pH so cancer can't thrive. I've used it on poison ivy rashes and open wounds, too. I think it is a MUST HAVE for any prepper.

Cassie said...

Talcum powder causes cancer though. Especially in the female reproductive system.

The Real Tabby said...

Long term storage for deodorants...I've been using rock crystals for many years. A single one (from a health food store, cut and packaged like regular pit-stick) will last about 3-4 years with everyday use. The only trick is that you need to apply it to damp skin. Also, ZERO residue on clothes. They don't prevent you from sweating, so I'm going to try the coconut/baking soda experiment for "sweaty" days. Many thanks for the input!!

Tatiana said...

I use coconut oil toothpaste (w/baking soda) or coconut oil pull. To add some oomph check out oregano. I use oregano oil drops undiluted or as a mouth wash (diluted in water). It has antimicrobial, antiseptic curative qualities & is high in antioxidants.

Tatiana said...

Thank you for the recipe. I use coconut oil toothpaste (w/baking soda) or coconut oil pull (check online). To add some oomph check out oregano. I use oregano oil drops undiluted or as a mouth wash (diluted in water). It's antiseptic, antimicrobial, curative & high in antioxidants activity.

Practical Parsimony said...

Cassie is RIGHT. I was going to post that talcum powder should never be used, not on a baby girl's bottom or on or around any female. It is toxic. Besides breathing it is harmful to skin and ovaries. The great majority of ovarian tumors contained talc. Some cosmetics, like eyeshadow, contain talc. I avoid talc at all costs.

Baking soda used on teeth is too abrasive as baking soda can wear off the enamel. Ask me how I know.

Korrie Bastian said...

Kim, you are a "no-reply" blogger, so I'm leaving an answer to your question here...yes, I used socks to apply the poly! And I've done it the same way since, and it's really slick. Thanks for visiting Red Hen Home!

anitapreciouspearl said...

Has anyone else had problems with the baking soda? Perhaps less soda and more coconut oil? A search on using coconut oil for "oil pulling" brings up some interesting research. Thanks for all the replies.

Christopher Bates said...

@ anitapreciouspearl—

Yes, I just made it right now and couldn't seem to pull the powder into the pasty consistency that is seen in the pictures...until I kept adding coconut oil and pressing the mixture. Mix the three ingredients until even, then press until it becomes a smooth, play dough-like consistency

Anonymous said...

I have been using a simial recipe for a while now - I put a drop of tea tree oil in it. Caution. 1-2 drops. More and it will not be pleasant.
A few things that can make it easier to use - when it is warm ( I melt the coconut oil) pour it all into a small Tupperware container and place in the fridge. Allow to cool. Pop it out. Store in fridge in a container/baggie as a hard "bar" and apply as you would a store bought deodorant.
If you find that you need strong acting deodorant from the store this should still work. I used to have bad BO and this works for me - even the next day I am no as bad as before. Seems like the body balances out.

Survival Food said...

I've tried my hand at washing soap, but this deo is something new. will definitely try it out.

Anonymous said...

The best deodorant ever is plain Milk of Magnesia (from Dr. Mercola's website www.mercola.com). At the same time you apply it on your skin, you get some magnesium (supplement for cramps, headaches...) plus it's good to have around as a laxative anyway. I tried plain coconut oil and it didn't work for me. Milk of magnesia is also good for drying rashes.