Cheap and effective, you can't beat homemade antiperspirant. Why pay up to $5.00 for a stick of chemicals when you can make a natural alternative for less than a dollar?
Most commercial antiperspirants contain aluminum--a known neurotoxin--and petroleum byproducts. You can buy natural deodorants, but they seldom work well enough to risk using before a hot date.
Instead, I make my own antiperspirant at home with four simple ingredients: coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda, and an essential oil. You can buy each of these in bulk and all of them have multiple uses around the home.
- one part Aluminum-Free Baking soda
- one part Coconut Oil
- one part Corn Starch or Talcum Powder
- a few drops of a Scent Oil of your choice (optional)
- one empty, cleaned out Deodorant applicator
1. In a bowl, add the coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch. Whip until smooth. If clumps remain, throw it in the microwave for twenty seconds to melt the oil. If you find the mixture too thin, add more baking soda. Avoid adding extra corn starch, as it may irritate the skin. The consistency should resemble a thick paste.
2. Add the scent oils of your choice to the smooth mixture. I split my batch up before adding the scents so that I could make a womanly stick for Kristin and a manly one for myself.
3. Take your old applicator and fill it with the paste before it cools too much. You can use the stick within a few hours after it sets, or you can pop it in the freezer if you're desperate.
4. Store the excess paste to a zip-lock baggy. Do yourself a favor and double-bag it too. Coconut oil melts just above room temperature, so on a hot day, poorly stored deodorant could make a mess. When the time comes to refill your stick, just warm the bag up with your hands, snip a corner off, and squirt the paste in like frosting a cake.
Don't slather homemade antiperspirant on like you do the commercial stuff. Use a little bit at a time and experiment with its effectiveness. Pay attention to how your skin feels too.
The stick may soften-up on hot days, so you might need to apply it with your finger instead. But overall, this quick, cheap, natural product does the trick. I've been using it for almost two years now, and hey, I still have friends.
Let us know your experiences and recipe variations in the comments.