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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Homemade deodorant!

Today's post is courtesy of Peacechicken (a.k.a. Laura) who answered the call on Frugal Friday for money and time saving ideas. Thanks Laura!

I used the recipe here, but have some side notes: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/03/update-homemade-deoderant.html
  • I suggest corn starch instead of arrowroot powder (much cheaper).
  • It doesn't explain that coconut oil is hard at room temperature, so I put the jar in a pot of shallow water and heated it on the stove for a bit to soften it.
  • The coconut smell goes away once it's cooled down, don't worry you won't smell like suntan lotion when you wear it!
  • I ended up putting in way more corn starch and baking soda (equal parts) than it called for because it wasn't solidifying like it said it would -- turns out I think the oil was just too warm, but no harm done. If it seems like you've put in too much, put the jar in the fridge for a bit to see if it thickens up a bit.
  • Keep in mind unless you somehow pour it into an old deodorant container, you'll be scooping it out with your fingers to apply it (mine's in a small mason jar.) It seems weird at first, but if you take a shower every day it's not a big deal, you're just touching your own skin! Like the blog says, you can rub the extra stuff into your hands and use it as lotion because coconut oil is great for skin.
  • On really hot days, it'll separate a bit, but you can just stir it up.
I think the coconut oil is the most expensive part, but it lasts long enough to still be a bargain compared to buying regular stuff. The jar I'm finishing up now was made in January, so I've gotten at least 7 months out of less than $10! 

Also -- this is of course not an anti-perspirant. It's unnatural to block your pores from sweating, so I don't use those, this is deodorant only. But it works! I rode my bike 6 mi. one day last month when it was in the 80's-90's and it held up wonderfully. I've been meaning to compile my notes into my own blog entry, but until I have the time to do so I'll have to settle for this. Sorry it's a bit of a mess.

Let me know if you try it!


peace,
laura

1 comment:

laura said...

You're very welcome, hope somebody tries it out!

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