DIY: All natural deodorant

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These past few weeks I’ve started biking to school. With the Louisiana heat I find myself needing a stronger deodorant. A fellow biker, and graduate student, gave me this recipe for an all natural deodorant she swears by.

I’ve been interested in making my own health and beauty products for quite sometime. Not only is making your own deodorant cheaper, but you can avoid all the harsh chemicals, aluminum, manufactured fragrances, and other possible irritants comprising most store-bought brands.

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Homemade Deodorant

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbl coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/8 cup arrowroot powder
  • 10 drops essential oil (I used lavender)*

Directions:

  • Measure out the coconut oil into a small mason jar. Stick the jar in a microwave briefly to melt the oil. Stir in the remaining ingredients, mix well to combine.
  • Place the jar in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the mixture to harden a bit. You can leave the deodorant out at room temperature after it hardens in the frig. The deodorant won’t be solid like store-bought brands, but feels like normal deodorant when applied to the skin due to the arrowroot powder.

Note: Using essential oil is optional, but I added some to add a nice smell. Peppermint oil would also work well here.

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