I have a confession to make. For the past two months, I’ve been wearing men’s deodorant.
Early in the fall, I stumbled across a recipe for homemade deodorant–I don’t even remember the site. It called for coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. I was stoked because it was an all natural recipe that I had all the ingredients for! Plus, I was looking for a way to use up my coconut oil because it totally massacred my favorite chocolate chip cookies with its nasty coconut flavor. (Maybe it wasn’t truly that malevolent, but I am really serious about these cookies.) I decided to wait until I was about out of deodorant to try it out.
Then I ran out of deodorant. I kept thinking to myself, “This weekend I’ll mix up some homemade stuff.” But I didn’t. I tried not wearing deodorant for a few days. I don’t think I carried a fog of b.o. around those days, but I definitely wouldn’t describe the scent of my pits as “come hither.” Then, that old slogan for Secret deodorant popped into my head: “Strong enough for a man. Made for a woman.” Except I ignored the “made for a woman” part.
We tend to have a plethora of men’s deodorant at our house. I bought a five pack of deodorant for Dexter right before we got married and ended up throwing away four of the sticks a couple of years later because had been expired so long. How does Dexter manage to stretch his deodorant for so long?
No, he’s not committed to a “one swipe” application.
No, he doesn’t shave his armpits (*shudder*) so he can use less.
He just doesn’t wear it.
Save for the occasional wedding or date night, my handsome husband is deodorant free. And, surprisingly, stank free. I don’t know what it is about him, but he rarely smells bad even though he spends the majority of his time at work next to a roaster, which creates a rather warm work environment. But now, Dexter’s lone stick of deodorant has almost disappeared, so the pressure was on. I have to say, it’s a good thing I was looking for something to blog about, otherwise I might not have dragged myself away from these adorable snugglers on my winter break to whip up my first batch.
Luckily, this recipe is incredibly easy to make and I was back on the couch, sipping hot tea, snuggling with my puppies in less than 15 minutes. Here’s the recipe.*
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
- Measure baking soda and corn starch into a small bowl.
- Add 4-5 tablespoons coconut oil. Mix in with a fork.
- Add more coconut oil until deodorant-like consistency is reached.
Right now, you might be asking, “Why would anyone want to make their own deodorant?” I’ve done a little research, and here are the reasons I tried making my own.
- It’s all-natural. I would eat all of the ingredients (not alone, obviously), so it’s not scary to have it touch my body.
- It’s cheap! Most all-natural deodorants are upwards of $4. And it’s not fun to pay $4 for something to rub on your armpits.
- It’s easy. Although it took me forever to get around to making it, once I did, it was fast and didn’t leave me with a big mess in the kitchen.
- It’s free from aluminum and paraben, which have been linked to breast cancer in women. Read here for more details.
- If the companies you buy your ingredients from are cruelty-free, then your deodorant is cruelty-free.
After a few hours of wearing this new deodorant, I haven’t noticed any problems. I’m hoping to hop on the treadmill in a few minutes, so we’ll see how I smell after that. There is a trace smell of coconut, but it’s not overpowering. I’m not crazy about eating coconut, but I don’t mind the smell, so it doesn’t bother me. I imagine that it will remind Dexter of these, so he’ll like my new scent just fine.
*When I googled homemade deodorant to give myself a refresher on the recipe I’d read, because we all know what happens when I think I can just remember, I came across this recipe from Passionate Homemaking which was my guide.
Check out more adventures over at Alicia’s Homemaking.