I have been testing out this home-made deodorant concoction for one whole year now, and I have to say …. it WORKS. It’s CHEAP. And it makes me feel good about my body, contributing less waste (less packaging) and being crafty 🙂
All you need is a few ingredients, and a container with a lid. I use an old pomade container and it works wonders. You can also use a small mason jar (however they are heavier, especially when travelling).
Your deodorant will be made up of the following ingredients in these particular increments (volume dependent on your container size!)
1/2 coconut oil (liquefied by heating)
1/4 baking soda (aluminum-free option available in most stores)
1/4 tapioca starch (corn starch works as well, however, I find that tapioca starch gives the deodorant a smoother finish/less grainy)
A few drops of essential oil (your choice of scent, optional of course)
Add all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl, and combine thoroughly until concoction is smooth and creamy.
Pack into container, cover with lid, and place in fridge until solid (overnight works!). And voila!
I keep the container in my bathroom cupboard, and apply a dime sized dollop to my underarms with a popsicle stick, then close my arm my body heat melts the mixture. I then use my hand (you can use the popsicle stick) to distribute to the entire area.
Let absorb before dressing. Be careful, as it IS oil-based, and can stain certain materials!
(mixture WILL liquefy in heat, so be cautious if travelling).