Friday, May 17, 2013

Simple Deodorant Recipe-Hippy Stick

Deodorant Ingredients
A few years back my parents switched to all natural deodorants.  We have a lot of cancer that runs in the family so my parents have been making little changes in normal habits everywhere from getting rid of non-stick pans to using all natural deodorants.  When visiting I asked Mom if she had any deodorant but none of that "hippy stick" that she wears.  It hurt her feelings and I should have immediately apologized but I didn't.  Which means that this whole post is pretty much an apology to Mom.  

My girlfriend Alaina who gave me the Laundry Soap recipe also gave me a great deodorant recipe.  Since making fun of Mom a few years ago I have too switched to the hippy sticks.  When I was done with my last stick I promised myself that I would try Alaina's recipe.  The best part about the recipe is that it is just 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards.

DIY Supplies
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
-2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
-2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, refined or unrefined
-2-4 drops of Tea Tree Oil *Optional

Mix your cornstarch and baking soda in a small glass shaped container.   Preferably one with a rounded base so it molds the deodorant with a curve for easy application.  

Mixed Dry Ingredients
With the burner on low melt the coconut oil.  It has a low melting temperature of around 76 degrees so it won't take but just a few minutes.  I used refined coconut oil because it is what I had on hand.  It doesn't have any coconut smell.  Alaina used an unrefined coconut oil and she said that it gives of a very light coconut aroma which she finds lovely.

Coconut Oil In Solid Form
Once the oil is melted mix it into the dry ingredients.  Add the tea tree oil now if you wish.  Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and adds a nice clean smell to the deodorant so I definitely recommend it.

Mix the ingredients really well and place in the fridge for about 10 minutes.  Pull it back out of the fridge and stir again because the baking soda settles to the bottom.  Place back in the fridge to allow the deodorant to form a hard shape.  Once solid just pop it out.  If it needs some urging use a knife.  

Fully Mixed Ingredients.
It doesn't take long for the mix to solidify.  You may choose to store your deodorant in the fridge so it keeps a rock hard composition or store it in the bathroom for convenience.  If stored at room temperature it will softer but not unmanageable.  This batch should last about 3-4 weeks.  

My user review on the recipe is 4 stars out of 5.  It leaves your underarms really, really soft.  After applying there will be some deodorant residue on your hand but it works as an awesome moisturizer but feel free to wash your hands!  It took me about 4 days for my body to adjust to it.  Now I can go all day without worrying about being stinky.  It is a deodorant not an antiperspirant so it does allow your body to naturally sweat to get rid of toxins through your sweat glands.  This is a good thing.  The only downfall to the deodorant is that it does leave a white residue on clothing.  

Deodorant At Room Temperature
With that being said, it costs mere pennies to make with ingredients that you already stock in your pantry.  It takes a matter of less than 5 minutes to whip up a batch.  You have full knowledge of every ingredient you are using on your body.  It is a 100% win for you and your family!  

Love Stink Free-Jessie


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