It is so easy to make all natural deodorant! It's literally two ingredients and you probably have both in your kitchen cabinet right now. Why would you make an all natural deodorant you may ask? Please read my prior post here on the dangers and toxicities of deodorant.
Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil
Pure all natural baking soda
Pure Essential oils, if desired for scent
Getting the ratios right is key to being happy with your homemade deodorant. Too much baking soda can cause redness, itching and bumps (that look similar to razor burn) to occur (which will go away in a couple days with discontinued use). Too little baking soda and you'll feel like the deodorant is not working.
I start out with a ratio of 6 parts coconut oil to 1 part baking soda (mix well using a wooden utensil or Popsicle stick). After a few days of use either adjust to add more coconut oil to dilute the baking soda ratio or adjust to add more baking soda to dilute the coconut oil ratio. The texture should be mildly gritty when you rub it between your fingers.
Add essential oils if desired for scent.
Store in a glass container in your bathroom. Make sure the glass container has a wide enough opening to stick your finger in it, or have a Popsicle stick ready for dipping. Apply a small dollop and rub into underarms (use the same way you would use traditional deodorant).
*Many recipes call for cornstarch but I found it had no beneficial purpose in the deodorant and was irritating. I've been using this recipe (along with many of my patients) for over a year now and after the initial detox period I have no negative odor when using! I couldn't imagine switching back to a drug store/health store deodorant now. It's healthier and cheaper to make my own. I store it in my makeup drawer with a Popsicle stick stuck in it for easy access.
When you switch from a store bought deodorant to an all natural deodorant there will be a detoxification period where your odor may increase. This is normal and can take a few weeks to fully flush out. If this happens to you I would encourage Dry Brushing over the lymphs and I would apply a castor oil pack to both underarms 2x a week for 2 weeks.
Click here for instructions on how to dry brush
Learn more about Castor Oil Packs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaCT80TzlY
Do not use a castor oil pack if pregnant.
Avoid using castor oil packs during menstruation.
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