(Pit) Stickin’ It to the Man

November 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm 1 comment

I fully appreciate that this post may cause a good number of you to recoil in horror, but I can keep quiet no longer. I make my own deodorant.

For reasons I won’t go into today, I have been trying to eliminate creepy plastics, hormones, and chemicals from my life. And although the jury is out on aluminum and such in commercial antiperspirants, I figured why take a chance?

Plus, when I make my own,  can pick my own scent, which is fabulous; save big dollars; and enjoy the smug feeling of stickin’ to the man every time I pass the deodorant aisle. TAKE THAT, SUCKA!

If you’re interested, here’s how I do it:

1) Gather up your supplies. You’ll need baking soda, corn starch, coconut oil, essential oils (for smelly), and vitamin E (optional, for soft). Also nice: An old deodorant container, but you can also use a jar and apply the finished product with your fingers.

Coconut oil is available just about everywhere, but I got this jar at Famous Foods for about $4.

2) Put 3 tbsp of baking soda, 3 tbsp of cornstarch, the juice of a couple of vitamin E capsules (optional), a few drops of essential oils (lavender and tea tree are anti bacterial; this batch I used 15 drops of rose and 5 of rosewood); and 2 tbsp of coconut oil* in a bowl and moosh it with your hand until it forms a silky mass.

3) Cram it into your old deodorant container, or a jar, and let it set overnight.

You can apply this like regular deodorant. It won’t stop you from sweating, but I found that neither did anti-perspirant. I promise it WILL keep you from stinking, though. (Please, if you know me, and you think I’m delusional on this matter, I beg you to tell me.)

I keep this in my averagely cold bathroom, and it holds together perfectly. I started doing this in August, and so far I’ve made three batches, which I estimate have cost me about $1 each. It’s also pretty forgiving as a recipe. I’ve been adding additional coconut oil vs. my first batch, which still worked but got a little crumbly.

* A note on the coconut oil. I started in on this in August, when it was bitchin’ hot. When I brought the oil home, it was totally liquified, so that’s how I use it. Once I opened it, I put the jar in the fridge, so when I need to make a new batch I measure out my 2 tbsp of solid coconut oil, then melt it in the microwave, then pour it in.

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Entry filed under: Making Stuff-Not Knitted, NaBloPoMo.

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