I just posted this on my OneGreenTomato blog and thought my readers here would enjoy it as well! OGT is where I ramble on about my micro-farming activities, self-sufficiency, and cooking adventures. I tend to post there more than I do here and on LiteralLight because most of my daily life revolves around growing (and talking about) food. I’d love it if you would stop by, check it out and say hello! 🙂
I’ll be honest, I am an avoider. I don’t like chemicals, so when I see one heading my way I run for cover! I abstain from their use whenever possible; one by one, I’ve shunned them from my cabinets and closets. The most recent to get the boot was commercial deodorant. I was a little nervous about switching to an all-natural homemade replacement, especially since I’m very outdoorsy, but I’m happy to report that I have not offended anyone’s olfactory senses!
All Natural Deodorant
1/3 cup organic arrowroot powder
1/3 cup baking soda
4 tbsp organic coconut oil
several drops of organic essential oil, I used a blend of rosemary and lavender.
Over very low heat warm the coconut oil so it becomes soft, this will only take a minute or two. Add arrowroot powder and baking soda, stir to combine. Add essential oils and transfer into an airtight jar. I used a wide mouth jelly jar. Allow deodorant to cool and set, you can place it in the fridge to speed up the process.
You can sub cornstarch for the arrowroot powder. I tend to not use cornstarch due to the saturation of GMO corn.
I will warn you, if you store this in your bathroom (because that only seems natural) be mindful when opening your jar; coconut oil melts around 76°F, which makes for an oily mess when you slop it all over the counter. I’m just sayin’.