Yep, it's true. And probably one of the top ten things I never thought I'd do in my life. But after my crunchy confession, I had someone ask about how I made my own deodorant so I decided to write a whole darn blog post about it. Because I love it that much.
I stumbled across this recipe after looking for alternatives to regular deodorant. It's well known that deodorant contains aluminum which is great for suppressing your sweat glands, but not so great for your body.
I can't take credit for the recipe and I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, so head on over to Passionate Homemaking to see what all the fuss is about. She even has a video tutorial and FAQ's.
What I will do is share with you some personal experiences/preferences:
- Your body will go through a transition period for the first couple of weeks if accustomed to aluminum based deodorant. You will probably perspire a bit more (or maybe a lot). But don't give up! After a few weeks, your body will re-adapt and you won't find yourself sweating quite as much.
- In the original recipe, she says use 6-8 Tablespoons of coconut oil. I found I only need 4. Just play with it until it is the consistency you desire.
- Because the base of this deodorant is coconut oil, it is soft and will melt in the heat. Therefore, it's not too great for traveling. I have this one on hand for travel because it's all natural as well and works great for me.
- After I shave, I find it's best if I wait a while before putting it on. If not, sometimes I get red bumps (that aren't painful).
- I keep it in a mini mason jar in the bathroom cabinet and apply with my fingers. If that grosses you out, you can store it in an old deodorant container in the fridge. I tried this at first, but found it didn't work as well as applying it with your fingertips.
So there you have it. I make my own deodorant. Questions? I know you've got some :).