deodorant the right way | living the green life

I really am that girl now! Wearing homemade deodorant and proud of it! The recipe is super simple, I put it in a fancy glass jar (reused from some food item!) and it will last me longer than any deodorant stick will. All you need is 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup baking soda, 4 tablespoons coconut oil, + 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. I use lavender. Stir in in a bowl and put it in a jar. Far warning: coconut oil will become liquid above 76 degrees F. No worries – the deodorant works whether it’s a liquid or solid!

I have been asked by several people about sweating. This is not an antiperspirant and I wasn’t looking for that anyways. Antiperspirants are chalk-full of aluminum. Aluminum in our bodies is very very bad. You really want to stay far far far away from that stuff – especially putting it near lymph nodes located near the armpit. Our bodies are meant to sweat – that is one way we get rid of toxins. Even though I sweat, it doesn’t smell awful. This is coming from a person who teaches Zumba several times a week! There are some times that I have to put on an extra bit before working out but overall it’s worked for me (and I’ve been doing this for almost a month now!)

Editing to add about applying it! I just put some on my fingers (you can sorta judge for yourself on how much to use) and apply. If it’s not enough, just add a bit more! Since all the ingredients are things you could potential eat, it’s not going to do you any harm. I wash my hands after I apply it (only because I can’t stand greasy hands!). Another item I meant to mention is about clothing. Though I haven’t run into this problem, I did read about it on the web. Be careful when wearing silk garments. Apparently this can cause discoloration. First off, I haven’t wore silk since I started this so I can’t commit first hand. Also, after applying the deodorant I put on a plain t-shirt to finish my makeup and to do my hair. Unscientifically I think this helps it not get onto clothes I wear for the day!

Keep the questions and comments coming!

Now back to your regular scheduled programming!!!

Erica Abreu Di Raimondo via Facebook - August 24, 2011 - 12:51 pm


Kimberly Svenson - August 24, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Love this Kim! Thank you for sharing. I am going to give it a try.

Katrina - August 24, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Ok 2 questions:
1. How do you apply it?
2. If it is rubbed on like a cream, how much do you use?

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