I read up a bit on homemade deodorants, and wow–there are so many variations. I’m going to blog about the one I settled on, and it’s quick, easy and effective. I should interject here that I consider myself somewhat of a sweathog……No, not ONE of the Sweathogs (like from Welcome Back, Kotter), but a true Sweaty Betty. I always have been. I don’t know what is wrong with the chemicals in my body, but I’ve always sweated a whole lot, and let’s just say it’s not a pleasing aroma. To be sure, it’s been terribly embarrassing to sport the smell of sweat + Dove, Secret, Dry Idea, whatever. Over the years, I just simply resigned myself to the fact that this is how my body would smell for the rest of my life, unless of course I hit on some diet tweaks that helped change the chemicals in my body, which would then miraculously make my sweat smell like roses. Not likely.
Anyway, back to the recipe. I was cruising the net for homemade deodorant recipes, and ran across so many. I finally settled on this one, simply because it seemed super easy and I had all the ingredients I needed to make it. I used that for about two weeks, just to make sure I wasn’t going to get a rash from the baking soda. Thankfully I didn’t. What I did find, however, is that on regular days (not too hot) I could use it daily, just once, and be aroma free for pretty much the whole day. On triple digit days, however, I found I would need to powder my armpits more than once, but it was still just as effective at holding any body odors at bay. Matter of fact, on the days that I forget to apply it, and odors develop, I can load up my powder puff and puff away and odors are gone almost instantly. I learned on the above deodorant link that the cornstarch actually works as a light antiperspirant, and the baking soda deodorizes. Awesome!
Here’s the recipe. I tweaked it just a little by adding essential oil to it.
Homemade Deodorant Powder
6 parts cornstarch
1 part baking soda
Essential oil of your choice
Measure your cornstarch into a closeable container (a plastic ziploc-type box will work, or even a tupperware–just as long as it has a tight lid). Add a few drops of essential oil, whatever fragrance you like. I used lavender, and about 5 drops. (Remember, you will be daily applying this to your armpits, so choosing something more gentle might be in order.) Close your container and shake your cornstarch and essential oil so as to distribute the oil evenly. Once that is done, open your container back up and add your baking soda. Repeat the shaking process. Transfer to a pretty jar or tin.
To apply, you can use a powderpuff that is leftover from some body powder, or make your own. I made mine using this tutorial. I adjusted the size to fit my tin, and used a swatch of cotton batting for the fuzzy side. It works great!
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