How to make your own deodorant

Check out these shoulder pads -- the good ole' days!

I’m a sweaty person. It all started back in middle school when I discovered my sweat problem. I would wear baggy shirts so other kids couldn’t see my sweat stains! I remember thinking of inventing sweat pads. Remember the shoulder pads that used to be in women’s jackets and shirts back in the 80′s? Well that was my inspiration. My sweat pad invention would tie somehow under your arm pit and absorb all the sweat. The pads would be washable and reusable. It was a brilliant idea, but I never actually invented that product as a middle schooler because I didn’t have Kickstarter to help with crowdfunding. As I moved into adulthood, I told my doctor about my sweating problem and even researched a surgery that would cut specific nerves that caused sweating specifically under my arms. My doctor wasn’t game to do that, but gave me some medicine that I couldn’t pronounce. I was desperate — now working in an office environment I didn’t want to be that sweaty person (again!). I lucked out because the medicine my doctor gave me worked like a charm.

Our bathroom is now a chemistry lab ….

My personal dilemma — since I’ve produced an environmental documentary it’s opened up my eyes to all our waste and crazy chemicals in my everyday life. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your everyday deodorant? I can’t even pronounce half the stuff. Not to mention all the plastic used for the product container and most the of them are not recyclable.

So now what? Would it be possible to make my own deodorant from natural ingredients (also eliminating the plastic container) and not be a sweaty person? I had to find out. I work from home as a marketing consultant therefore I had a safe haven to test, experiment, and assess. Not knowing where to start — I Googled “How to make your own deodorant” and discovered several ideas, tips, and recipes. Below is the recipe that I decided to go with and results are in! I’m in complete SHOCK how awesome the homemade deodorant is. I’ve even had some friends test is out and they are asking me for more. So if you are interested in an adventure to eliminate your body order naturally, help out the environment, and stop using crazy chemicals — make this deodorant concoction!

How to Make Natural Deodorant- Beating the “B.O.” With Natural Deodorant by

What you Need

  • 6 T coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or cornstarch
  • essential oils (optional)

What to Do:

  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Add oils if desired.
  4. Put the finished mixture into an empty deodorant tube or any small jar with a lid.
  5. Apply your deodorant by simply rubbing it in to your armpits. The mixture will “melt” into your skin. Use a small amount (about a pea-sized glob) to get the job done all day long.


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