As a personal trainer, good deodorant is one of those bona-fide occupational requirements. Prompted by information that regular deod/antiperspirants may have some negative effects, I looked into natural deodorants. I bought and tried so many of them! And none of them were that great.
A friend suggested I try making my own with coconut oil – something I’ve been eating for years now – so I googled it and, sure enough! Tons of recipe options.
Turns out it’s super easy and works very well. Here’s how I do it:
Step 1) Try out some natural deodorants. Learn that they all kind of suck, but hold onto the empty containers.
Step 2) Disassemble the old deodorant containers and wash with hot soapy water. Let them dry and then re-assemble them, turning the wheel so the base of the stick is back at the bottom of the holder.
Step 3) Combine equal parts cornstarch and baking soda, I use about 1/8 Cup of each. Add in about 1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut oil.
*Note – you can also use arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch. This sounded sexy to me so I bought some arrowroot starch last time I was at bulk barn. Sure enough I forgot to label it properly, and now what I think is arrowroot starch, I am too nervous to use in my deodorant. So for this last batch I decided to play it safe and stuck with cornstarch – next time, arrowroot!!
Step 4) Melt the coconut oil in the microwave in 10 second increments, stirring until it gets smooth and melted.
*Note – I have also read online that you shouldn’t melt the coconut oil, and should just mash the ingredients together so it makes a paste. I am frankly too lazy for that, and my way works fine for me 🙂
Step 5) Take the melted ingredients and pour them into your clean, dry, deodorant containers. Let them harden at room temp before using. I’ve tried refrigerating them to speed up the process, and they just harden too much to turn the handle.
You don’t need to use much for it to be effective – just one little swipe per pit. It goes on kind of damp like a roll-on. It does not stop sweating but keeps me smelling fresh all day. I do not even need to re-apply after multiple classes/clients.
Be careful on nice shirts – the oil may stain some fabrics.