June 20, 2014

The Great Deodorant Hunt: Part 4

It's not much of a hunt anymore. I've found some pretty potent formulas. At this point I get to luxuriate in all my deodorant choices. And this one is different because it's DIY.

Because I'm the chef, I get to customize this deodorant. That means I don't add any scent, which I love because I smell like absolutely nothing. Not lemongrass, lavender or sage. It's also fabulous because it's merely three ingredients, and so easy to whip up.

Coconut Deodorant Cream

  • 1/4 cup baking soda or arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 5 Tbsp. coconut oil
Melt the coconut oil and mix everything together. Pour it into a small glass jar and let it sit to solidify. I usually use an old jam jar. I like to mix it a bit right before total solidification because otherwise the cornstarch and baking soda can sink a bit and the top is just coconut oil (which won't do the trick alone). If you notice when you're using it that it's not gritty, you haven't mixed it well enough! Just chunk it up with a spoon.

There may be some substitutions that you'll want to incorporate. Some people get rashes on their underarms from baking soda. I don't, so I leave it in. If you find it happening, swap baking soda for arrowroot powder. It'll fix it up right quick. If you want a scent, throw in some essential oils (tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus are power houses). I personally like smelling like nothing. It kinda makes me feel like my deodorant is SUPERduper. Also, I'm lazy. 

The baking soda (or arrowroot) and cornstarch are there to absorb moisture. The coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial. This is one of the best deodorants I've ever used (tied with this bad boy). This simple DIY deodorant passes the most rigorous test: a full day in an air conditioned building. Of course, it also lasts through high intensity interval training and kayak trips. 

I was inspired by recipes from Rebecca over at No More Dirty Looks. I took her concoction and made my own little personalized adjustments. This version is perfect for me. For good measure, you gotta report back to me and let me know how it works for you!

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