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DIY Deodorant – it’s AMAZING!

Green Living DIY: Its natural, easy, cheap and you only need 3 ingredients you probably already have!

The big stink about deodorants

Antiperspirants really work! You can slather those suckers on and rest assured that you’ll be coming up roses no matter what you get up to today. The chemical composition of the antiperspirants however, do have some rather unfortunate consequences. Researchers at Reading University discovered a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer due to the fact that antiperspirant chemicals such as as zirconium and aluminium are absorbed through the pores. Zinc has also been linked to the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

So chemical antiperspirants may not be the best idea, but short of dousing yourself in patchouli, what choices do you have?  Well you’ll be pleased to know that you can make your very own deodorant in 5 minutes flat using items you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. Greenmoxie’s green living DIY crew show you how.

What you need

2 tbsp. corn starch

2 tbsp. baking soda

2 tbsp. coconut oil

Empty antiperspirant container or plastic container.

Method

Mix them together and pour them into the container. Place them in the fridge until solid. Voila! Instant antiperspirant.

The corn flour absorbs moisture, the baking soda neutralizes smell while the coconut oil moisturizes your underarms. Its a really effective antiperspirant that will leave you feeling fresh and healthy! If you like this you should read about our natural drain cleaner.

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About

Nikki is a Toronto green living blogger specializing in green living ideas and tips, upcycling, recycling and all things green. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very bad dog.

18 thoughts on “DIY Deodorant – it’s AMAZING!

  1. Patty

    Thank you for the great recipe. I will have to gather the ingredients and try to make my own. I would like to share an excellent all natural, aluminum free deodorant. I’ve tried the salt crystal, Tom’s, etc.. but they seem to work only for so long. However, I have experienced nothing but success with Natural. After wearing this deodorant all day, and completing my 5 mile run before dinner, there is still NO! stink or stains on my clothes. I love it.
    http://www.nuturalife.com

    Reply
    1. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

      Sounds good Patty. We are just thrilled to hear about any products that promote green living. Making your own deodorant is cheap and easy, but if you don’t have time, then finding a commercial alternative that contains natural ingredients is the next best thing!

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  3. Urooj

    I love it!! I am going to try this tomorrow. I just have one question, how long before it goes bad? And what can I do to prevent that? I read somewhere that I can add vit E to prevent it, will it work?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

      Baking soda is made from baking soda (a base), cream of tartar (an acid) and corn starch (the filler). This means that you can use it in the recipe, but continued use over a number of weeks can cause a rash due to the increased acidity from the cream of tartar. This only happens with some people, so give it a try! Good luck

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