Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Homemade Deodorant

I have been on a quest for a natural deodorant for some time now, one that could be made fairly simple at home from ingredients found in the kitchen or in the bathroom, not difficult to find items. And the most important factor of all, obviously, was that it was effective.

I have been testing one particular formula of homemade deodorant now for over a week and feel as if I can at least make a statement about it from my own experience.

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
2-3 drops of essential lavender oil

These are the total ingredients for the deodorant I prefer. The baking soda deodorizes while the cornstarch acts as a mild antiperspirant. If a less powdery and more moist deodorant is what you desire, you may add about 5-6 tablespoons of coconut oil. But be warned that this gives it an oily, moist texture and you will need to be careful of not getting it on your clothes. You could try blotting after an application to help. Also, adding a few drops of tea tree oil is an option I plan to try on my next batch, especially since I believe in the benefits of tea tree oil and an item I keep in my bathroom cupboard.

Using a cotton ball to apply the powder works fine. I made a cotton crocheted applicator, and even though the powder adheres to it nicely, it lacks softness. It will need some perfecting before I pass on the "how to". Now I know the powder puff came by its name for a reason!

This totally wonderful concoction of homemade daintiness rests in a jelly jar on my bathroom counter. I use it daily, with pleasure.


~Karen~ said...

I have been having trouble with all the "natural" ones on the market these days. They either don't work, or they cause a rash. I will give this one a try. Thanks for the recipe, and I would love to see the perfected "puff".

Cathy said...

It could be the baking powder that causes the rash, you might consider decreasing the amount of baking powder and adding a little more cornstarch. Trial and error, I know!

The dB family said...

I am curious to see how it goes with the tea tree oil added. We use it a lot here too. It sounds like a great "recipe" to try.


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