Homemade Deodorant, Take 2

You might remember a while back I made some gel deodorant. It worked really well, but I’m not a gel kind of gal.

I had saved a container from a stick deodorant and decided it was time to fill it.

My hesitation all this time with making stick deodorant is that all of the recipes except for one use coconut oil as the base. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. We do not keep the house that cool year-round (we’d have a zillion dollar electric bill!), which means I’d need to keep it in the fridge. (The one that doesn’t rely on coconut oil uses shea butter, which I could only find in fragranced versions. Blah.)

So I made it and I keep it in the fridge. The part I was concerned out — chilly pits! — has not been an issue at all. The issue I’ve had a couple of times is remembering to put it on, since I don’t have a fridge in the bathroom.

Interesting thing that I noticed: since I started using natural deodorants, I can get away with not wearing deodorant on a day that I’m not really sweaty and not stink. This was definitely not true before. Why is this so? I don’t know. Don’t really care, though — it’s a very nice side effect 🙂

So the recipe!

  • 3/8 cup melted coconut oil (that’s 6 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

Mix. Pour into container.

That’s it!

You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, if you like fragrance. Tea tree oil is some pretty amazing stuff and will help reduce the stink as well. I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t attest to what it smells like, but it has some amazing properties.

Unlike no-poo shampoo, this deodorant has no breaking-in period. You just use it, and it works. Makes sense that it would take care of smells — it’s main ingredient is baking soda. Baking soda is the anti-stink go-to product.

Also, because mine is in the fridge, I need to leave it out for a minute before I can roll it up. This is only an issue every now and then, as I’ve taken to just rolling it up about 1/4 inch over the top of the container anyway. The lid more than accommodates.

Are you a homemade deodorant kind of person?

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