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Two years ago, I accidentally bought deodorant at the drugstore instead of anti-perspirant.  I didn’t mind it so much, and I liked that it didn’t have any aluminum in it.  So I stuck with it.

But even drugstore deodorant is chock full of chemicals that I can’t pronounce, and I sorta got on a hippy kick of making my own personal products so as to reduce the amount of unpronounceable chemicals that I was slathering on my body.

To the Internet!

I tried a couple different recipes before I found one that I liked.  I don’t even remember what site I found this recipe on, so unfortunately, I can’t give credit where credit is due.  But I’m certain you could find it on any number of websites now.

I kept meaning to blog about this because I’ve been using it for over a year now, and I really like it, but I keep forgetting to take pictures when I make it, and one little tub of it lasts me about 4 – 6 months, so it’s been awhile since I made a batch.

Coconut Oil Deodorant

1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Cornstarch
5 – 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
(or Lavender, or Peppermint, or Eucalyptus – whatever your nose likes!)

DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant

Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together in a bowl.  Add the coconut oil on top, and microwave it for about 25 seconds on high.  Once the coconut oil is soft, mix everything together really well.  Stir in your choice of essential oil, and scrape into a small tub.  Let it cool.

Coconut oil will melt at body temperature.  You take a little bit of the deodorant on your finger, and rub it into your skin like a lotion.  If you find it irritates your skin, reduce the amount of baking soda and essential oils.

Simple, thrifty, and no unpronounceable chemicals.  You will sweat, but you won’t smell.