Yes, I made my own deodorant. I had been using deodorant made with “things that aren’t bad for you” and simply wasn’t impressed. It’s winter, so it’s not that I need a lot of odor protection right now, but when I stumbled upon A Common Thread’s blog post about homemade deodorant, I was intrigued.
I followed the directions posted by A Common Thread and How About Orange with much success. I tried mixing everything together with a folk, but ultimately had to get my hands involved to make the coconut oil melt and combine with the other ingredients. This was a liquid-y mess but was effective nonetheless.
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
4 tbls coconut oil
10+ drops of essential oil
My only complaint, if it can really be a complaint, is that the deodorant smells like cookies despite a healthy addition of more grapefruit essential oil. I suppose it’s the combination of coconut oil and backing powder, and in truth, I don’t mind smelling like freshly baked sugar cookies all day.
My contribution to the world of make-your-own deodorant? Instead of storing your concoction in a tin or other container, create a mold in an old deodorant dispenser (bottom right). I simply cleaned out my last dispenser and started filling it with the mixture with the spiral all the way extended. The more I filled, the lower I moved the spiral. Nearly the entire mixture fit – I only had a few spoonfuls left over, which I put in a container for later use. I then let the mold sit overnight in the fridge to firm.
Final verdict: I’ll keep using this for now, and may tweak the recipe later on to avoid smelling like cookies, but am pleased with the results.