My husband calls me a hippie. What he really means is that I’m notorious for making a lot of homemade things. Just on this blog alone I’ve posted about homemade laundry detergent, laundry deodorizer, granola, Larabars, vanilla syrup and peanut butter. Many times, I don’t blog about every single homemade thing because 1) everyone has personal preferences about stuff and 2) I forget to blog about it.
This year, I’ve decided to go ahead and share with y’all (and also, for my own documentation) a variety of things I do myself, whether it be food related or something for personal care. Anything is fair game and if there’s a way to do it myself then I’m all over it.
There are a multitude of reasons why people choose to go the homemade route. Mine are pretty simple. One, I like knowing exactly what I’m eating and putting on my skin. Two, it’s usually less expensive. Three, you can find natural alternatives to every day things so your health (and the Earth!) is positively impacted. Four, it’s just plain fun.
I know homemade can be considered trendy but honestly, I have always had a penchant for it and find that the long term lifestyle benefits of living a homemade life far outweigh any trendiness factor.
Up first, this easy, 3 ingredient deodorant. It is one of my favorite discoveries so far. For years, I had been using natural store bought deodorants like Tom’s of Maine. The thing is, I honestly didn’t feel like it was strong enough to tackle the toughest jobs. Just as importantly, I didn’t want to put chemicals on my body that are found in the antiperspirant brands.
With ingredients that most likely can be found in your pantry right now, this all-natural deodorant takes just a few minutes to whip up and is easy to apply. It also works better than any other deodorant (natural or otherwise) you’ll ever use. It goes on smoothly, doesn’t stain clothing, and lets your body sweat (like it’s meant to do!) but NOT smell.
Homemade All-Natural Deodorant
What you need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot (optional)
Essential oils (optional)
In a small bowl, stir all the ingredients with a fork until well combined. If your coconut oil is solid, melt in the microwave beforehand until soft enough to stir. Add in a few drops of essential oil(s), adjusting to your preference. The consistency may be liquid initially but it will solidify in cooler temperatures and be softer in warm temperatures. Store in an airtight glass container. To use, all you need is a pea-sized amount under each arm.