Deodorant is one of those products we use everyday without giving too much though to its cost or affect on our body. With our budget tightening I started cringing every time we were due for a new can of deodorant. Then I started reading about how deodorants and anti-perspirants work and I started cringing for entirely different reasons. These things didn’t sit well with me so I sought change. It was time to make our own.
There are various recipes for homemade deodorant on the internet and I read many of them so I understood how they worked and then tailored the basic ingredients to meet our needs. The ingredients and method are simple: 1/4 cup of cornflour, 1/4 cup bi-carb soda, enough coconut oil to combine and make a smooth paste, plus a few drops of any essential oils you like for fragrance. I chose tea tree oil for it’s antibacterial properties and gender neutral scent (there’s lavender oil in the photo below but I realised my husband probably wouldn’t like smelling like lavender so I left it out at the last minute. Lucky him.).
And there you have it- homemade deodorant! I scooped the paste into the tub leftover when I finished my body butter but any clean airtight container would do. Each morning I simply rub a dollop into my armpits after my shower. The first day I used it I was amazed. I even made my husband sniff my armpits. I made my Mum do the same the next time I saw her. This stuff works. It doesn’t stop you sweating entirely (and to be truthful after learning how anti-perspirants work this isn’t something I want) but it sure does prevent you from developing any unpleasant odour. The bonus- it does it naturally and cheaply. All of these ingredients I have in my house anyway and when you break down the cost I can make enough deodorant for a year for less than the cost of one can of the other stuff. Now that’s a saving.