Saturday, September 29, 2012
making your own deodorant
This may sound crazy, time consuming, and not worth the trouble, but I guarantee once you try it you'll never go back!
I found this recipe from girl on bike's blog, and it's really great. But I did add to it...
Her recipe calls for
*1/4 cup baking soda
*1/3 cup cornstarch
*10 drops or 1/4 tsp tea tree, lavender, &/or your favorite scented oil
(tea tree works best because of it's antibacterial properties)
*1 tbsp+ coconut oil
I also added sea salt, and a little witch hazel. Both of these will control odor because they have antibacterial properties., And the salt will help keep you dryer.
Also, I added a little bit more of every ingredient to get a good consistency, and I ended up with 2 deodorant bars. I melted everything on the stove, whisking. It was so separated and gooey and wet that I added more dry ingredients. At the time I didn't know it would harden so much, but regardless it came out perfect!!
To do the deodorant, I would wait until one of your deodorant sticks run out, (save the empty container) but have a spare, because this homemade deodorant takes about a week to harden and "set." Take your empty deodorant container, screw it all the way down, and tightly pack in the new deodorant mush.(I've also used toilet paper rolls as deodorant containers.
Once it hardens, it works just like any other deodorant. It smells like heavenly tea tree coconut.
This deodorant is all natural, but if you want non-gmo I would recommend using organic or certified non-gmo cornstarch.
*****tip-- if you find your deodorant won't set and harden properly try storing it in the fridge.
*******WARNING: IF PIECES OF DEODORANT FALL OFF, DO NOT LET HUMANS OR ANIMALS INGEST. THIS DEODORANT IS ALL NATURAL BUT TEA TREE OIL CAN BE FATAL IF INGESTED