Even before I started the Maker's Diet five years ago, I began looking for alternatives to conventional deodorant. While shopping at Bath & Body works one day, an employee told me about the connection between parabens (synthetic preservatives) & breast cancer. I tried a "natural" deodorant that I purchased that day, but it didn't work at all.
So I returned to my normal deodorant- until I started the Maker's Diet, and read further about the danger of aluminum in antiperspirant deodorants- it has been linked to cancer and to Alzheimer's. I knew we had to switch!
We did switch to an organic line of deodorant, first using Aubrey Organics. They work well and we used it for a long time, and in the last five years have used almost every brand of natural & organic deodorant on the market.
Our most recent favorite was Weleda's Citrus deodorant, but in the end I got tired of purchasing expensive bottles of deodorant every month. When a friend on a Baby Center chat forum posted a recipe for homemade deodorant, I thought I'd give it a try.
I'll admit- I was extremely skeptical. And my husband was beyond skeptical. But as he always does, he agreed to give it a shot. We were both amazed by the results- for pennies a month!
So here is the recipe for an extremely easy, extremely effective homemade deodorant, that is truly toxin free! (And with no alcohol to irritate sensitive skin.)
Truly Toxin Free Homemade Deodorant
1/4 cup organic corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
6 tablespoons organic coconut oil
In a bowl, combine the corn starch and baking soda with a spoon.
(I like using Rapunzel's organic corn starch)
Then add the 6 tablespoons coconut oil to the bowl. I like Nutiva's Organic extra virgin coconut oil, or Garden of Life's coconut oil.Using the back of the spoon (preferably a larger spoon, but not huge!) combine the coconut oil with the baking soda & corn starch.
At first, it will just be crumbly. You will think I am lying to you, and that it won't work! But don't fear, keep folding all the ingredients together & combining with the back of the spoon for another minute or two. You'll know it's done when it is velvety smooth, without any crumbling.
That's it! I spoon it out and put it into a jar, and apply by hand daily. However, my husband prefers the convenience of a deodorant stick, so I use an empty stick we have, and pack the mixture down into it. Then you just shape it at the top, and the coconut oil keeps it solid, especially after it sets the first day or so.
I promise you- this stuff works! I read an article online discussing using baking soda for deodorant that said, "If baking soda can deodorize kitty litter, it can deodorize you!"
The coconut oil is also antibacterial and antimicrobial, and gives it a lovely, mild scent!
Enjoy your economical, truly toxin free deodorant! If you give this a try, please be sure to let me know what you think!