I've been wanting to make my own deodorant for a few years now. I finally took the plunge.
I found this cute little glass jar at a community yard sale last weekend. When I saw it I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. (You could use a baby food jar.)
- I took about 2 Tablespoons of Corn starch, 1 Tablespoon of Baking soda, 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, a squirt of the super sensitive California baby lotion and a few drops of lavender oil. I mixed it up into a smooth consistency. This is not an exact science; Use whatever lotion or essential oil you have on hand.
I do tend to have chronic yeast problems (thrush when breastfeeding), so I was worried about how I would do with the corn starch, since that tends to feed the yeast. As I had hoped, the virgin coconut oil and lavender oil I added kept the yeast under control. Coconut oil is the only thing I have found to kill my thrush. Not even diflucan was able to help. It has been a lifesaver. This deodorant has been put it to the test.
When I first started to use this recipe, I was only expecting a deodorant. I have been pleasantly surprised with how dry I have been too. I assume that I should attribute that to the baking soda. I'm happy to say I don't smell, not even of coconuts.
Do you make your own deodorant? What are your favorite ingredients? And if you don't make your own deodorant; what's stopping you?