Sunday, January 13, 2013

Coconut Oil Deodorant Recipe

I had to resort to making my own deodorant after being frustrated with aluminum in conventional deodorant and the lack of effectiveness of natural, aluminum- free deodorant.  Here is my recipe for extra- strength aluminum-free coconut oil deodorant that our family uses. I combined several different recipes and used my knowledge of essential oils to find what would work well for my family. After experimenting sharing this with family and friends, I am offering this recipe to my readers and selling it on Etsy for those who prefer not to make their own.

    • 1/4 c baking soda-absorbs odors
    • 1/4c cornstarch - may help reduce wetness
    • 4tbsp coconut oil (I used organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil from Costco)-antibacterial, soothing
    • 4 drops rosemary essential oil- astringent, antibacterial
    • 4 drops sage essential oil- drying, decreases perspiration
    • 10 drops lavender, lemon or peppermint essential oil for fragrance (or any fragrance you prefer )

    I prefer whipped coconut oil for my deodorant so I begin by putting the coconut oil in my Kitchen Aid mixer with the beater attachment at speed 4 for about 1 minute. Scrape sides with rubber spatula. Add the baking soda and cornstarch then whip again for about 1 minute. Scrape sides again. Add your essential oils and mix on stir speed for 30 seconds.
    Notes- some are finding that coconut  oil alone with its anti fungal and antibacterial properties can keep them fresh all day. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try that first.
    -if you are sensitive to this deodorant, try using arrow root powder instead of cornstarch.
    -this works the full day for us. Reapply if needed.
    Coconut oil melts above around 76 degrees so store it in a small, capped container. It ends up that the hassle of having to search for an aluminum-free deodorant led me to the fun hobby of making "Coconut Creations" for my family and friends. Have fun!
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