Though you could eat it, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s kind of salty.
I’ve been making this recipe for a couple of years; it’s so simple. When a friend of mine mentioned to me she was making it, I scoured the internet for advice and a recipe. I couldn’t believe that I already had everything on hand. You may have heard of it before too, but have you tried it? If you feel kind of iffy about deodorants containing aluminum, or if you have struggled with smelly sweatiness, or if you just want to do something good for yourself, keep reading!
I could tell you a lot of icky details about how I have always been prone to sweating easily. Oh, but let’s not! I can’t begin to count all of the different kinds of deodorants I used growing up trying to remedy the problem, and then when those super strong, extra aluminum ones came out that work by clogging your pores the night before, I tried those too. Apart from feeling badly about putting my body through that for so long, and the possibility of filling my blood stream with aluminum, none of them worked for me.
Now I’ll be honest, it took a couple of weeks when I started using this for my body to “detox”, so to speak, and get used to this. But it has been thanking me ever since. Please note that this is not an antiperspirant. It works by neutralizing the smell of perspiration, and because the essential oils are antimicrobial, limiting the growth of bacteria that actually causes the smell.
Coconut Oil Deodorant
1/4 cup Arrowroot powder
1/4 cup Baking soda
about 4 Tbs Coconut oil
10 drops of essential oil
Stir together arrowroot powder and baking soda. Using a fork, stir in oils one tablespoon at a time. When you’ve reached a frosting-like consistency, you are done. Transfer it to a clean container with a lid.
To apply, scoop a small amount with your fingertips, hold it against your skin for a couple of seconds, and massage into underarms as it begins to melt with your body temperature.
Coconut oil is very sensitive to temperature so my deodorant changes consistency depending on the season and the temperature in our apartment. If it liquifies, you can place it in the refrigerator for a little bit, and stir it again.