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DIY Deodorant

Lizzie Wirgau

By: Rebecca Wise

There is a great deal of hype lately about coconut oil. And being the cynical person I am, I wanted to debunk its claim to fame. But honestly, I can’t. Its uses are immeasurable, and here is yet another one:

Coconut oil: the NON-breast-cancer-and-Alzheimer’s-causing Body-Odor-Eliminator. That’s right friends, when you rub this stuff on your armpits, you aren’t bringing yourself one step closer to a life threatening disease.* Think about it. You shave your armpits (I’m making assumptions here, I know), which creates thousands of tiny little armpit cuts, which you then follow up with rubbing on a glob of toxic cream, or aluminum-based deodorant.

So, in my pursuit of something that is cheaper, healthier, and just as effective, I stumbled upon this recipe gem from wellnessmama.com.

6 T coconut oil

4 T baking soda

4 T cornstarch

A few drops of tea tree oil

Now:

  1. Mix baking soda and cornstarch together.
  2. Mash in coconut oil.
  3. Add tea tree oil.
  4. Store in small glass jar, and apply by rubbing on with your fingers.

Note: coconut oil turns to liquid at 76F, so be sure to store in a cool spot.

The outcome: this recipe is a little gritty, and I think I would like the feel of lotion-consistency deodorant more. However, I have been satisfied with the effects so far. It works! (And trust me, while I am concerned about staying healthy and keeping my memory, at this point in my life, not repulsing people with body odor takes precedent.)

For a better consistency, try with shea butter!

3 T coconut oil

3 T baking soda

2 T shea butter

2 T arrowroot (or cornstarch)

A few drops of tea tree oil

*Disclaimer: There is much debate over whether aluminum really has an impact on the risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s