Okay, maybe that's a teensy bit dramatic. I just mean, why haven't I been making my own deodorant for ages?! Truthfully my tube of Pit Putty (really, who was the marketing genius behind that?) lasted forever so I didn't need to make my own. However, I finally ran out and had been itching to try this simple recipe. The inredients are pretty much identical to the stuff I paid about $9 for (ouch, right?!) and I'd been hearing rave reviews. Some girlfriends of mine who write a blog (which I highly recommend; they're the real deal and I totally admire them) posted about this recipe so I decided to finally give it a whirl.
I got the generic coconut oil (but still raw, I just have a hunch it's more efficacious than the refined stuff. I use this kind for eating.) and some arrowroot powder. You can use cornstarch, but people say the arrowroot is better and that's what was in my fancy deodorant.
It was easiest to just mix it up with my hands, and kind of fun. I added a bit more of the dry ingredients since we're coming into summer and I figured the final product would be more melty. It really took me all of ten minutes to mix this stuff up, pour it in a jar and be done.
But being quick and cheap to make is only a perk, the real awesomeness is that it works SOOOO well!!! I'd say it works at least twice as well as Tom's of Maine, and definitely as well as the fancy stuff, maybe even a little better. I feel like it was easier to apply than the Pit Putty, which could get kind of crumbly. I won't reveal just how long I've gone without showering and still smelled perfectly nice, but just trust me, it works AMAZINGLY well!!
The recipe makes about six ounces, about as much as what's in a tube of deodorant. Often I make large batches of homemade personal care items, but this was so quick that I'll probably just make it this size again in a couple months.
So, are you going to try it? Do you already make your own deodorant? Do you love it?!
PS I tried adding essential oils, and I added a lot, but the scent kind of got lost. Any tips about adding scent to something with baking soda, the enemy of smells both good and bad?