I'm starting with deodorant. Three of the four of us in our house use the same one. Boy #2 isn't old enough to need it yet. I cut out antiperspirant several years ago, because my husband and I both have cases of Alzheimer's Disease in our families and there is a possible linkage there. I thought it would be better to play it safe.
Here's the one we all use now:
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I had previously decided after attending a sustainability conference to try making our deodorant at home. And, thankfully, the ingredients that ordered arrived yesterday. After two days of using odor-control powder, I was so happy to see that box on the porch!
Here's the recipe I used:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch (It was mentioned at the conference that arrowroot powder might work, too.)
1 TB coconut oil (solid form)
7-10 drops favorite essential oil (I used lavender)
You combine all the ingredients and mix together. It's sort of dry. You may need to sprinkle a little bit of water on it before applying a pea-sized amount.
Today, we'll find out how effective it is. I'm a little nervous about it.
I was looking at the containers of deodorant that we have and got an idea. I am going to take out the original product and see if I can put my homemade deodorant in it's place for easier application. I'll have to figure out how to make it more solid though. The first thing I'm going to try is adding more coconut oil. If you have any experience with this or any other ideas on how to make the deodorant more solid, please leave a comment.
I'll update on how
Quick update: As I was typing this, my husband called and said that it's working. Of course, that after only 3.5 hours, but it's a good sign!
Friday morning update: Yesterday was a complete success! The recipe above worked perfectly.