Show of hands, but don’t raise ’em to high if we’re in the early stages of this experiment. How many of us tried either a store-bought natural deodorant or a natural deodorant recipe as a first step in the healthier living transition?
And let me guess, after day two, we were feeling as free as her?
The first few natural deodorant recipes I tried left me smelling like a high school wrestling room by mid-afternoon. The absolute worst one I tried was a DIY natural deodorant that had bentonite clay in the recipe. Generally, bentonite clay is good stuff but not a great deodorant ingredient. It seemed to draw all the funk to the surface, putting all the nasty nose notes on display.
Tune in to the next post to learn about a better armpit use for bentonite clay! You’re itching to know, aren’t you?
After my many fails, I asked my essential oil enthusiast friend Kendra what she uses. She too said she tried several natural deodorant recipes with not-so-fresh results, and finally found this one that works.
As a bonus, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now, so you can mix some up whenever you feel like it!
Because your personal hygiene is more a favor to me than it is to you, I’m sharing the recipe. You know, for my own personal benefit.
Just kidding, it’s for you.
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Natural Deodorant Recipe
4 T coconut oil
4 T cornstarch
1 T Baking Soda
12 drops essential oils (see below)
Mom’s essential oil deodorant blend
Dad’s essential oil deodorant blend
I keep this in a glass jelly jar in the bathroom. I started out applying with a craft popsicle stick but I eventually ditched it. Plain old fingies get the job done.
If you’re a first-time natural deodorant user, you may have heard about one- or two-week transition period that happens as your pits unload all of the junk that has been lodged in your pores by antiperspirant use. Well, I have something that worked for me-I had no transition period and I didn’t experience any of the irritation that some people report with baking soda deodorants. You’ll have to pop back on Thursday to see what that is.
Did I just declare an unofficial armpit week here?