By Melissa Schlicht
There’s a lot of hullabaloo going around about deodorant ingredients causing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. I’m not sure any of it’s true – most of it isn’t proven. So regardless of the ingredients in the deodorant that’s available in stores and the diseases it may cause, a lot of times it’s ineffective and expensive. So 3 good reasons to make your own. Homemade deodorant uses more natural ingredients, it actually works, and it can save you money. The United States spends $18 billion yearly on deodorant and antiperspirant! Billions of dollars wasted to try to stop our bodies from doing what is natural.
6 Tbsp Coconut Oil (unrefined – available at your local Meijer)
¼ Cup of Baking soda
¼ Cup of Cornstarch
4 drops of your favorite essential oils for scent – (I used lavender – the essential oil is optional and based on your preference)
Coconut oil is a solid and needs to be warmed on the stove over low heat. Once it is melted, stir in the other ingredients. When mixed completely pour the liquid deodorant right into an old deodorant container or any container with a lid. It is best to keep your deodorant in the refrigerator so it isn’t too soft.
Cost breakdown – homemade, natural deodorant costs $1.19 per container to make, store deodorant averages $4-$5 per container. It takes about the same amount of time to pick one out at the store as it does to make your own at home. Does it work? Absolutely, one application makes it through a two mile run and an hour of sweaty cardio boxing. So, you know what’s in it because you made it, it saves money, and it keeps you from smelling even if you do sweat.