This has worked for my husband who was quite skeptical of natural deodorant. This recipe lasted through a half of a warm day (in which he stood in the parking lot in a suit for a while) and the other half was spent at the beach, running around and playing frisbee. It passed the test for a deodorant AND an antiperspirant!
It also worked for me on a strenuous 10-mile hike with no hint of the need to reapply! (And yes, the sun was out; I was sweating… The Bridge to Nowhere hike is no joke!)
Note: I did not make a natural version of this recipe as I just needed to use what I already had on hand, but with these ingredients below, you can absolutely make it 100% natural. Thank you, mommypotamus, for your wonderful recipe!!!
Are you ready for it?
1 part baking soda
Coconut oil to soften
This past time I made it, I tried to get a little more exact with my measurements, so here’s the recipe I used and what you’ll need:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup coconut oil at room temperature
A few drop of 100% pure, therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil (here’s where I get mine)
1 glass container, preferably 8 oz or so
Spoon or other mixing utensil
For those who are sensitive to alkaline, the option for making this deodorant less alkaline is simply to use less baking soda and more cornstarch!
How easy is that?! The only part about this recipe that is slightly odd is the application. It goes on with a couple of fingers right to the armpits. (So I think that means it would be more appropriately called “pit paste.”)
I tried to calculate the cost of what one batch costs; I would guess something like:
1/2 cup baking soda = $.10
1/2 cup cornstarch = $.15
1/4 cup coconut oil = $.40
Total per batch = $.65
I added a few drops of 100% pure, therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil, making mine closer to $.90 per batch.
So the amazing cost, the easiness in making it, and the lack of crazy ingredients or chemicals already make it totally worth it. But I have to mention that this one batch has lasted 2 adults for longer than a month (we are still going, so I can’t really give you a better time frame than that).
There it is! Super easy, super cheap, works-like-a-charm antiperspirant/deodorant that is SO MUCH BETTER for you than store bought and CAN be all natural. Why not go whip up a batch right now?!