Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Fresh Start for 2013...

...a fresh start for your stinky pit, that is!  When I talk to people about the changes I've made to reduce my exposure to untested, unregulated chemicals in my body care products, people seem to be most impressed that I make my own deodorant.  Ha!  In reality, it is super easy...4-5 ingredients, and it takes all of 15 minutes to put it together.  And you can customize it to meet the needs of your body's chemistry.  

Here are some ingredients common to conventional antiperspirant/deodorants:

  • Fragrances: rated 8 on EWG's Skindeep cosmetic database.
  • Aluminum based compounds: linked to increase risk of cancer, specifically breast cancer.
  • Propylene Glycol (PG): originally created as an anit-freeze and a known neurotoxin.
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • TEA
  • DEA

Please see this article from Natural Cosmetic News, where I found most of this information, and where you can find information about studies on the ingredients in conventional antiperspirant/deodorants.  Please also use EWG's Skindeep cosmetic database to check out the safety of ingredients specific to the deodorant you may be currently using (you can find studies listed here as well).

And now for the recipe...

Homemade Deodorant


  • 9 tbsp extra-virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp organic cornstarch (I have also heard you can use arrowroot)
  • 3 tbsp baking soda (I recommend choosing one that is aluminum-free)
  • 15-20 drops tea tree oil
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (i.e. lavender, peppermint, orange) - optional, for fragrance and additional bacteria-fighting power

Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat.  

Turn off the heat.  Add cornstarch and baking soda; mix until there are no more clumps.  

Add essential oils.  Pour into a twist-up tube or into a jar.  

Allow to harden and use as you would regular deodorant.  If storing in a jar, you will need to apply it with your fingers.  I store them in the fridge, especially in the summertime.  This recipe makes about 3 2-oz tubes/jars.  Be sure to store in an area less than 76 degrees, otherwise the coconut oil will begin to melt.  If you discover you are still stinky, add more essential oils in your next batch.

As a sidenote, I recently tried a deodorant product called "Crystal Rock".  It is rated 0 on EWG, and is a mineral stick so I don't think it will melt.  So far my husband and I are having good results.  My understanding is that it will last quite a while - i.e. a whole year, with daily use.  I have also heard from a friend that it works well for her husband, but he needs something stronger when he plays sports.  

May your New Year be blessed...and fresh!

1 comment:

  1. The Crystal Rock works really well. I have switched to it too!