Monday, May 3, 2010

Homemade Deodorant—At Last!

I've wanted to try making my own deodorant for awhile now, but it just recently jumped up to the top of my to-do list after I heard that what I had been using for years, Thai crystal deodorant, might actually contain aluminum. My research into this was inconclusive, and left me with an uncomfortable amount of doubt. And right about that time is when I came across a perfect (I hope) homemade deodorant recipe.

I was originally planning on using this recipe here, but then Molly pointed me to this one the other day, which was decidedly simpler (for me, anyway, because the only ingredient I had to buy was arrowroot powder—everything else I already had on hand). I heated the coconut oil to make for easier mixing and made two separate batches—one for myself with rose essential oil, and one for Enrique with bergamot and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. It firmed up quite a bit overnight, and I definitely had to dig into the surface a bit with my fingers to get some of the deodorant out. But then it easily smoothed out and went on clear as I rubbed it on my underarms. Personally I don't really mind this fingers-in-the-pot method, but Angry Chicken does go over some other options in her most recent deodorant post here. As far as performance, so far, so good, but it's really too early to tell, so I'll update this post with my final conclusions once I have them.

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