With family history of Alzheimer's on both sides I have always tried to stay away from aluminum products. My husband's grandmother has the disease and so does my grandfather. :-( We don't use aluminum foil and I've been using natural deodorants for years. I just realized the tortillas I was buying had aluminum in them so now I'm going to be making them. :-/ (My hubby is happy!) I buy baking powder that is aluminum free too and read all the ingredient labels before buying things.
When my husband and I got married he switched over to natural deodorant as well but couldn't find a one that worked for him. He would either have flaming red underarms after a couple days of using it or find they didn't really do anything. We tried one after the other with no good results. I didn't want him to have to use the stuff that we all know is bad for us but we were running out of options, then I came across this recipe here and thought I'd give it a try. I thought it was pretty simple and if it didn't work I wouldn't be losing much! So far I'm very pleased with it and so is my husband. It didn't give him a bad rash either which is a great improvement too! It's such a simple recipe and easy to make!
Here you go:
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred but I didn't have any on hand).
1. Combine equal portions of baking soda and arrowroot powder.
2. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken. I used a spoon and it took a little bit before the coconut oil was mixed in well.
3. Scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispenser or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. I found it sets best if placed in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.
You can add your favorite essential oils to this recipe too if you want. I didn't have any on hand this time when I made it but I hope to add some next time I make it. I've read about them and there seems to be many favorites commonly used for deodorants. Tea Tree Oil sounds like it would be a great option and it has great antibacterial qualities.
Feel free to leave a comment if you've tried this recipe, how it works for you and if you have any suggestions!
Hope you all are having a blessed week!