Coconut Oil Deodorant
There are quite a few variations on the recipes for coconut oil deodorant, the simplest of which is just to use straight coconut oil as a deodorant. For some this is the best choice, because other ingredients can cause rashes.
While we have experimented with various recipes and formulas in our household we have found that plain coconut oil with no additives is our favorite deodorant choice. But there seem to be just as many folks who happily use the mixes which include baking soda, arrowroot, corn starch and/or essential oils.
Personally, corn starch is one of those ingredients we don’t use anymore thanks to genetic modification, just doesn’t seem worth it, and arrowroot powder works fine in its place.
To keep it as simple as possible, try straight coconut oil first. If it works for you, you’re done, that was really easy. Or, if you’d like to experiment and change up the fragrance, you can gently melt the coconut oil over warm water and add essential oils to it. Peppermint and tea tree oil make a nice neutral scent. Lavender is also very nice, especially when mixed with a little sweet orange. Lavender and tea tree are both anti-bacterial so they work with the coconut oil to combat the bacteria that cause odors.
If it turns out you want the whole enchilada, you can always mix up a batch of one of the following recipes and see if that is more to your liking.
Coconut Oil Deodorant Recipe 1 (makes 1 to 1 ¼ cups (8 to 10 ounces))
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- ½ to ¾ cup (8 to 12 Tbsp.) coconut oil
- 10 to 12 drops essential oil
Directions: Mix the ingredients in a bowl and using a clean spoon or fork, mash until well combined and all ingredients are incorporated. May take up to five minutes.
Add the essential oils after the ingredients are combined and mix well to distribute the essential oils throughout the mixture. Store in a small glass jar with lid. The 8 ounce mason jars work well for this.
Deodorant Recipe 2 (makes approximately 2 cups or 16 ounces)
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ½ cup beeswax
- Contents of 4 vitamin E oil capsules
- ½ cup organic arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup natural baking soda
- Optional: Organic essential oils of your choice (20 to 25 drops)
Directions: Fill a small bowl with about 2 inches of hot tap water. Place the coconut oil and shea butter and bees wax in a quart mason jar, and put the lid on. Set the jar in the hot water. Hold the jar by the top and gently swirl it in the water so the contents melt. Let it stand until it begins to soften and melt. Once the oils and wax are all melted, remove the jar from the pan and open the lid. Set the jar on a dishtowel on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes. Feel the outside of the jar where the liquid is, at the bottom. While it’s still warm add the other ingredients.
Add the vitamin E oil, arrowroot powder and the baking soda. Use a wooden spoon to mix well until it is all completely incorporated. Finally add the essential oils and continue mixing.
Pour into molds for deodorant bars, into glass jars for ‘finger dipping’ method or allow to cool another 15 minutes or so and then spoon into old stick deodorant containers.
In the Bathroom: From Shaving to Soaking
Coconut oil is great all by itself for moisturizing! And coconut oil bath is such a fabulous idea.
It is also terrific for softening up the beard before shaving. Rub a small amount of coconut oil into your beard, leave it on for a minute or two, then rinse with warm water and shave as usual.
A jar of coconut oil in the bathroom will also come in handy any time you want to moisturize. Just dip a few fingers in whenever you want to moisturize – after a shower, or after a nice soak in the tub.
You can even add it to the tub for a luxurious skin nourishing soak.
As you can see, the coconut oil has many benefits from making coconut oil hair mask to coconut oil lip balm. You may:
- Learn how to make coconut oil soap
- Learn how to make coconut oil hair care
- Learn how to make coconut oil body scrubs
- Learn how to make coconut oil lotions and massage bars
Originally posted 2020-08-15 01:13:45.