August 13, 2010

Make yourself un-stinky!


I have been reading about handmade deodorant for a few years now, but was always a bit skeptical. Each recipe seemed to involve melting stuff, or buying bulk ingredients to use in small amounts- not super practical. I have been off the traditional antiperspirant & deodorant for a long time since it is full of scary stuff like aluminum, phthalates & fragrance [See Secret Wide Solid's rating at Skin Deep] which is liked to neurological problems, cancer and reproductive toxicity. And there is an excessive amount of plastic used for each tube. Instead I used Trader Joe's deodorant which was pretty safe, eco friendly, and cheap. I saw no reason to make things more complicated for myself.


But here's the catch: I loved the Trader Joe's deodorant, and Toms of Maine, and other non-toxic deodorants I have used BUT they don't really work that well. I feel bad saying it, but they quit by the end of the day. I just assumed that was the nature of using non-toxic deodorants and have lived with it for far too long. Until now.

I came across this recipe, from this website and I had all the ingredients in my kitchen already. Plus there was no heating involved. But what really caught my attention was the rave reviews. And I am here to add to those reviews.

Let me say it loud and clear: THIS STUFF WORKS FOR ME. And it works all day, and in to the next. In fact, since I switched, I have not had one single moment of smelliness. Total awesomeness. 

UPDATE: There is an instructional video and FAQ from the og website here: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2013/01/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html


Homemade Amazing Deodorant:
Adapted from Passionate Homemaking

The original recipe calls for either corn starch or arrowroot powder, but since I had both, I used both. Some folks complained about irritation in the comments due to the amount of baking soda- and found that using less helped. I have had no problem with the amount of baking soda so I will continue with these proportions. Also the coconut oil can go from solid to liquid depending on the storage temperature. Mine stays at a perfect semi-solid in my bathroom, and melts to an oil when I rub between my fingers.

5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/8 cup arrowroot powder
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
Several drops of bergamot oil [optional]

Mix the powders together in a jar and slowly add the coconut oil until you have a "pomade" consistency and powders are mostly dissolved. Add a few drops of oil until it has a lovely hint of scent.


To use, scoop out a pea sized amount and rub between your fingers to melt and create a smooth texture. Apply under your arms and rub any left into your hands as a moisturizer.

Since the coconut oil changes rapidly from a solid to a liquid I would not recommend trying to use a traditional deodorant "stick" but rather to scoop from the jar.

If you are at all hesitant about making your own, this is the recipe that will win you over! Non toxic, plastic free, sustainable, and extremely effective. Total win-win.

Cheers!

EDIT:
I would like to answer some questions from the  comments.  Please note that I am not a deodorant expert in anyway.  I found this recipe on the internet and have been using it for 3+ years.  I am just sharing & reviewing my experience with the recipe.  Click the links above for the original recipe and read through the comments for more information.

Does the coconut oil cause oily stains on your clothes? 
I haven't had any problems with staining.  Test it out on an old shirt and let it dry first if you are nervous.

Just for clarification, this is just a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, right?
Yes, this is more of a deodorant than an antiperspirant BUT I have noticed considerably less sweating? It might be the corn starch or baking soda? Or just my body since I haven't used antiperspirant in 10 years and don't notice sweating that much anymore.

I am allergic to coconut so I was wondering what could be substituted for coconut oil?
For oil substitute? I don't know. Something shelf stable? Coconut oil is stable, anti-fugal and anti-bacterial which is why it works. Other homemade deodorant recipes use Shea butter- you might want to find a different recipe. 

I really want to try this but I can't find arrowroot anywhere. Was wandering if maybe tapioca starch or anything else could be substituted?
You can find arrowroot in the spice section of the grocery stores.  See jar pictured above.  Other stores may have it in the baking section.  Not sure about tapioca- but you can sub with corn starch.  

We don`t want her using all that chemical on her. Has anyone used this for kids?
I have not tried this on a kid. I would test a small patch first for irritation. The baking soda can be harsh. 

AND, I have one. I absolutely cannot stand Coconut. I even gag with the smell. I wish I wasn't like that, but I am.  What can I substitute? Someone, Please help. :)
For oil substitute? I don't know. Something shelf stable? Coconut oil is stable, anti-fugal and anti-bacterial which is why it works. Some refined coconut oils do not smell like coconut- those might be your best bet. Other homemade deodorant recipes use Shea butter- you might want to find a different recipe. 

You know your body best and can figure out what works for you. 

UPDATE: There is an instructional video and FAQ from the og website here: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2013/01/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html

106 comments:

Rachel said...

Does the coconut oil cause oily stains on your clothes? That is my only concern. Sounds awesome!

Hayley said...

Nope. You don't use very much and it absorbs right in. The baking soda makes it "dry" feeling. I have been using it for 2 weeks now and there is nothing on my clothes- just checked. :)

Cheers!

lisa s said...

yay. i've been on TJ's too... but i just might try this :)

Kerstin Svendsen said...

this is just what i'm looking for. thanks for posting this! definitely going to try it.

Proud Mama said...

I use the same recipe and have for several years. I love it!!! M husband uses it as well, but he adjusts the baking soda as his skin is more sensitive. It is hands down the best stuff I have used.

leah said...

This is so helpful, I'd had the same results with those brands and my local store stopped carrying a green clay variety that had been working for me. Can't wait to test this out!

The Voodoo Kitten said...

Just for clarification, this is just a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, right? I am all on board to try it, but I'd like to know what to expect in the wetness department...does the cornstarch take care of wetness too? (cause that would kick some serious homemade booty if it did!)

Hayley said...

If anyone else tries this I would love to hear your feedback!

Yes, this is more of a deodorant than an antiperspirant BUT I have noticed considerably less sweating? It might be the corn starch or baking soda? Or just my body since I haven't used antiperspirant in 10 years and don't notice sweating that much anymore.

If you are switching from an antiperspirant you might notice a period of "detox" where your body adjusts- so I would give it a week or two.

Cheers!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I've never even thought about my deoderant being full of chemicals before but this has me so curious! I might need to give this a try for a spell and see how things go. Though I have super sensitive skin so I will just assume now that adjusting whatever it was you mentioned will be necessary.

Di said...

I've been hesitant about trying out home made deodorants but I'm definitely going to try this out!

Regan said...

I've been thinking of trying a homemade deodorant for a while, but haven't quite taken the plunge. This makes it easy for me- thanks. Just one question, I don't shave my underarms- has anyone had experience with natural deodorants and hairy bits? If not I'll report back when I try it.

Kerstin Svendsen said...

i made this right after my comment and have been using it since. i think it actually works better than my deodorant/antiperspirant. it still wears off for me by the end of the day, but i feel like i smell better than i did when the old one wore off. could just be imagining it...

Regan said...

Happy to report that I am impressed with it (even with hairy pits). Thanks- it was so easy to make.

simply_complicated said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE this recipe! i was skeptical at first, but i decided to give it a try, because you said it worked for you. I had such good results i just had to blog about it! (http://leftofaverage-southofnormal.blogspot.com/)
thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!

Hayley said...

So glad this is working for everyone! Mine is still working and going strong!

Shash- I am wondering if you switched from regular antiperspirant to this- since you may have some detoxing effects. Give it a few weeks and hopefully it clear up and work better.

Cheers!

Beth said...

I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

the Lady said...

Surfed over from winterfoliage, and I have to say, I switched to a non-aluminum deodorant early this year, and after 6 or more months of using a non-aluminum deodorant, I swear to goodness that I sweat less. I'm eager to try this recipe out, thanks for posting about the lack of oil stains from the coconut oil, I was worried about that.

Bryan said...

I just tried this and love it. I found when I'm making it a heat op the coconut oil and everything mixes easier, I also pour it into a old deodorant tube and it's easier to apply.

Fyxx said...

My wife has been making this to your recipe for a year now and we've both been using it. I'm very happy to be avoiding the toxic metals/chemicals of supermarket deodorants and still be unstinky!
Tip for winter time: we keep a teaspoon on top of our jar to dig a little out when it's solid because of the cold.

Alexandrea said...

Wow! I'm so excited and can't wait to try this!! So you don't smell but do you sweat still too or you also have no sweat either? Please let me know!

Also, I would love to include this on my blog! Could I do that and link to you?

Alexandrea said...

And this is why it's important to read this comments! lol I just found the answer to my question! :) lol I'm so glad you posted this and other people asked already! :)

Well please let me know if it would be ok for me to use this! :) Cause I would love to post it!

M said...

I am allergic to coconut so I was wondering what could be substituted for coconut oil?

Lightleaf Studio said...

oooh, I'll keep it ! I'm gonna try it very soon.

Anonymous said...

I scented mine with three drops of lemongrass and two drops of citronella (which I had on hand for bug repellant) and it smells like a delicious lemon drop candy! Tea tree oil and lavender would be good for the extra odorous, and peppermint would have a wonderful cooling effect for the summer. This stuff is really great, I'm so happy to have an safe and effective alternative to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants. The only thing I would suggest is make sure to buy organic ingredients if possible, AND use unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil...it has more beneficial vitamins and has a light, lovely coconut scent.

Anonymous said...

I made this on Sunday, been using it all week, and it is AMAZING!! I cannot believe how non-stinky I am! I added a couple of drops of lavender oil, just because I love lavender so much. This stuff is wonderful. Thank, thank you!

Anonymous said...

so i've just made this, but it turned out a bit grainy. Looks and smells amazing, but when i rub a little bit between my fingers, it feels like a mild scrub... used orange blossom water to scent btw.

Terrence Flendersen said...

Wow! I'm so excited and can't wait to try this!! So you don't smell but do you sweat still too or you also have no sweat either? Please let me know! bulk nozzle 1290

Devin C. Elliott said...

I am going to try, however, my son STINKS!! STINKS, STINKS, STINKS!!
I am hoping to add a couple drops of oil to help combat this, but do you know if it actually helps with odor?

Anonymous said...

what size cup shall I use?

Anonymous said...

So I've tried this home made deodorant and it works awesome as far as smell goes and keeps me dry. But first go I used orange essential oil before finding out that it can be very harsh and it caused very painful red patchy swelling. So I tried over this time read up a little more and used lavender essential oil and 3 days in its starting to turn red and patchy again. Anyone else go through this? Is it normal or am I just freaky allergic to everything?

Eva said...

Unfortunately this made my armpits first itchy, then burn. I have very sensitive skin. I continued to use it, hoping I could just get myself used to it. I started getting bumps under my arms, kind of like a swollen clogged pore. The swelling got worse and I eventually got a fever.

Back to commercial gel deodorants for now... bummer.

Anonymous said...

Would grape seed oil also work. I use it all the time for a skin moisturizer so I know I'm not sensitive to it. Need to try this.

Anonymous said...

Wow, ok. Think imma try this soon. Gonna hafta get essential oils tho. don't really keep the stuff around

Cori Meyer said...

I've gotten a yeast-like infection under my arms after using home made deodorant like this before. :( Does anyone have any suggestion on how to correct this? Otherwise, I gotta keep using the Dove brand.

Anonymous said...

Cori- I have made/used stuff like this before and also had a reaction (rash-like irritation, oddly just on one armpit). When I omitted the baking soda, I didn't have the reaction. I also added lavender and tea tree oils for their oor-fighting and healing properties.

Dave M said...

I really want to try this but I can't find arrowroot anywhere. Was wandering if maybe tapioca starch or anything else could be substituted? Thanks--I love blogs like this about natural products, especially things I can make.

Anonymous said...

To Dave M - I just found it online for about $6.50/lb at a place called Swanson Vitamins. Lots of sellers though and I didn't look at prices too carefully, so there might be better deals.

Kyla said...

I was wondering, if you don't use arrowroot, do you just use 1/4 cup corn starch? Thanks to anyone who can help.

Anonymous said...

I saw this and immediately tried it and so far, so good - I love it :)
I had no problems getting arrowroot in the UK in a regular supermarket - I use it in gluten free/vegan cookery so maybe try a health food store?

Janis Grant said...

What can substituted for arrowroot powder?

blondie said...

It could be the baking soda. I'm sensitive to it, too. I was using a deo from Lush which worked well, but the soda almost burns my skin...so I had to stop using it. My armpits would go all dry and scaly after the major redness went...icky! You could try way less soda or maybe even none at all. Coconut oil itself helps combat BO (I've used straight EVCO as deodorant before...it helps!). If you have too much stink still, maybe some tea tree oil in the mix would help more.

blondie said...

Did the previous one use coconut oil? Coconut oil is helpful in treating yeast infections (nursing moms use it to treat thrush, for example). Maybe this one won't cause that issue.

blondie said...

The article says you can just use corn starch.

blondie said...

Corn starch, like it says in the article.

blondie said...

I've been using plain old coconut oil as a deo....even straight, it helps combat BO. I'm super sensitive to baking soda, though...it almost burns my underarm skin so if I try this recipe, it'll either be sans soda or with very little!

Anonymous said...

I was having extreme sensitivity after applying regular deodorant/antiperspirant, and sweating excessively even when I wasn't hot. I switched to a similar recipe to this one a couple months ago, and it doesn't stain clothes, works great on odor, and only occasionally has wetness problems. I use sage essential oil in mine to help with the sweating.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the bergamot essential oil is just for fragrance? Though it sounds like this wouldn't be needed, I've used plain coconut oil in the past, mixed just with tea tree oil. That's another anti-bacterial, which would reduce odor. I'm going to try this with the starches though to make it drier feeling.

Jenn N said...

I made this today (using 1/4 c cornstarch, no arrowroot) and added over 30 drops of bergamot, and there is still almost no scent in it other than the coconut. However scent aside, the product worked amazingly. I still can barely believe it. I was hot and sweaty today and applied it middle of the day when I made it (was already a tad stinky) and a couple hours later I was fresh smelling. Not stinky at all. Frankly amazed. Hope it continues to be such a success! I'd love to know how to get a bit of a scent to it - I stopped over the 30 drop mark because it was making the mixture too liquid, plus I was getting worried about how much essential oil was going in there.

Anonymous said...

Usually you would use Arrowroot powder OR cornstarch, not both. But I use the same recipe (I don't think i've ever measured though, haha.)
Just a big spoonful of coconut oil and enough cornstarch and baking soda (more baking soda than cornstarch) until it makes a thick paste, then I add some Lavender. Works better than ANYTHING I've used before! And I agree, Toms of Maine does not work very well. It's actually the worst I've ever used :/

shay said...

I have a 10 year-old daughter. her teacher had a talk with the class about using deodorant. We don`t want her using all that chemical on her. Has anyone used this for kids?

sharene said...

There were many unanswered questions on here lastly, I hope you can come back and answer these ... anyone?

AND, I have one. I absolutely cannot stand Coconut. I even gag with the smell. I wish I wasn't like that, but I am.

What can I substitute? Someone, Please help. :)

Hayley said...

Hi there! Wow- a lot of new comments! Let me start by saying that almost 3 years after I wrote this, I am still using the same recipe- and have had nothing but amazing results. Never going back. While traveling I will use a Tom's of Maine deodorant- but am always disappointed.

As for questions- if you are getting rashes/ irritation it may be the baking soda- don't use it or try reducing it. Also make sure you are not using baking powder.

For oil substitute? I don't know. Something shelf stable? Coconut oil is stable, anti-fugal and anti-bacterial which is why it works. Some refined coconut oils do not smell like coconut- those might be your best bet. Other homemade deodorant recipes use Shea butter- you might want to find a different recipe.

I have not tried this on a kid. I would test a small patch first for irritation. The baking soda can be harsh.

I have stopped using oils in it since it basically eliminates any kind of scent.

You can sub corn starch for arrowroot and visa versa. I have made it both ways and not noticed a difference.

I am not a deodorant expert. This is the only recipe I have made and I haven't made any changes. You know your body best and can figure out what works for you.

Cheers!

Hayley said...

UPDATE: There is an instructional video and FAQ from the og website here: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2013/01/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html

Hayley said...
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Erica R. said...

Just mixed some up. Made the most basic kind cause I didn't have arrowroot or bergamot, really hoping it works. I found a brand of natural deodorant that works reasonably well, but not like "traditional" deodorants... as you said, I always assumed that natural deodorants just wouldn't work as well. Plus, the kind I buy is kind of expensive! So hopefully this works, will let you know after a few days how it's going!

Anonymous said...

even this sounds too complicated for me..Ive been using plain old baking soda as deodorant for years and it leaves me fresh throughout the whole day..I just wet my hand, pour a little baking soda in my hand and rub under my arms..simple and effective!

the green gazelle said...

Hello! I had read about coconut oil for deodorant too, but I was worried it would be too greasy, so I combined coconut oil and baking soda - that's it. It works better than any natural deodorant I've purchased (and as good as those stinky "unscented" conventional ones). I posted about it on my blog at http://thegreengazelle.blogspot.com/2013/08/winning-battle-with-me-stinky-pits.html. Wondering if anyone else has had luck with just coconut oil and baking soda?

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Anonymous said...

Something in this recipe sets my armpits on fire! I believe it's the baking soda.

Slade said...

Make sure to get Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, as most commercial brands contain it. Aluminum is a common antiperspirant additive which our lymph system is unable to filter out, one of only three such metals and a leading suspect for causing cancer.

Naomi said...

Just have to thank you for this recipe. The TJs and Tom's didn't even last an hour for me. This works for a couple days in a row. It does not stain my clothing, which I was concerned about. The only thing to beware of is traveling, does not travel well because it melts and separates easy and mixing it back up doesn't make it work again. I keep it in the cooler on road trips!

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Anonymous said...

Sherene, Expeller Pressed coconut oil has no smell. You might try that.

lauram said...

For those looking for a coconut oil replacement, you can use vegetable glycerin.

I also add tea tree oil for an additional anti-fungal/bacterial boost.

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Anonymous said...

A word about Cornstarch. My MD told me not to use Cornstarch powder for relief from what turned out to be Candida skin rash (yes, the same fungus that causes vaginal yeast infection). "Yeast LOVES cornstarch!" she said.

I'm hoping with this concoction including coconut oil, maybe the anti-fungal properties will counteract that issue. I love the idea of less (or none) of the usual chemical-y ingredients, especially triclosan, which is in everything, and has turned up in mommy's breastmilk.

Of course, every product says to quit using if rash develops, etc. I offer this note only to add food for thought, if someone reading here recognises her own situation.

THANKS for posting the recipe, I'm looking forward to giving it a try.

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Angèle Jodouin said...

There is such a thing as Unscented Coconut oil...??!!? I know, right?! I didn't believe it either and then I smelled it..! I don't know if it's available where you are but could be worth a bit of research :-) good luck!

Anonymous said...

Where can i find arrowroot powder and bergamot oil? Is there any of that here in the philippines.. thanks

Anonymous said...

Michelle
Here in the UK Palmer's Coco Butter is sometimes used by excema sufferers when nothing else soothes their skin. No other brand works like it, nor does Palmers unscented version.
If Shea butter can be substituted, then this may work also. Not that I have used it this way. Only as a body lotion for several decades and it does seem to have a long shelf life. Smells beautifully of chocolate too.

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I always assumed that natural deodorants just wouldn't work as well. Plus, the kind I buy is kind of expensive! So hopefully this works, will let you know after a few days how it's going. and more that I still can barely believe it. I was hot and sweaty today and applied it middle of the day.

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Sent with tea tree oil. That helps combat yeast also..

sonara said...

I was wondering, does this.cause your armpits to darken.or will it help with whitening?

Anonymous said...

With the amount of this recipe, how long does one jar last? A month? More? Assuming one person uses a jar. Thanks!

agnieszka majka srocka said...

I am doing this amazing cosmetic from one year. I add just a little bit of soda. I have sensitive skin. And I add rose oil or lavender oil.
At the beginning it took my body around two weeks to get used to. So I was sweating. But not anymore:)

Anonymous said...

This seems almost to good to be true! I must give it a try. But first-
I have a problem with a being a bit sweaty, so I was wondering, if I sweat, will this concoction stain my clothes? (The way some deodorants leave a white residue)

Anonymous said...

Making today, can't wait. Switched to natural deodorant recently, but many make me irritated and don't work well. But I can attest to the fact that your body must detox before it levels out when switching. Don't give up too soon. Sweating isn't a bad thing, it's the smell that's bad, but that will change as you continue w/o the blocking ingredients. Every week, it's less and less, even at home w/o wearing any deodorant. Try it.

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Anonymous said...

Alternative to Coconut Oil:

6 Tbsp shea butter (1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp)
1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c corn starch
10 drops tea tree oil
10 drops lavender oil

melt the shea butter then add everything to it and mix very thoroughly. Pour into an old deo container and put in freezer to set.

Jennie said...

I've been using this for many months now, and love it! I have two issues I was hoping you could help with.

Now that we've had temperatures near 100 (obviously not indoors; I keep my deoderant in my bedroom), my homemade deoderant has completely separated. The oil is at the top, and everything else is congealed at the bottom. Any suggestions? I would really rather not refrigerate it and have to use it in the kitchen!

Secondly, I kmow this has been addressed before, but it's really staining my clothes, even though I'm using it as described. Thank you for any advice you can give me!

Anonymous said...

I mixed some coconut oil, jojoba oil, lavender, orange & tea tree EOs together into s small container. It's liquid already so I just swirl it around with my fingers, rub onto my underarm, then I sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto my oily hands and dab on top of the oil. It works SO well! I tried mixing the baking soda in before (I also used the arrowroot) and it didn't seem to last as long/work as well. For me at least. I think the powder on top "seals" it or something...

Anonymous said...

I have been using this type of deoderant for over a month. I also keep just straight coconut oil for the days I shave.

chelsea said...

can I add a few drops of lemon. just for the smell and to lighten my armpits.

Anonymous said...

Someone above asked about another oil because coconut oil smell made them gag... I once bought coconut oil refined and it didn't smell like coconut oil at all. I was disappointed and returned it, but this may be an option for those who don't like the coconut scent.

JenMc said...

I believe arrowroot is tapioca.

Anonymous said...

i noticed i need to reapply if im really sweating like at the gym or something.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried this method yet, but had bad reactions to Tom's natural deodorants. Horrible burning and a gross rash. I'm allergic to something in them. A salt stick works best for me right now. I get them in the natural product section of my grocery store but they should carry them in the deodorant isle as well if there isn't a natural section in yours. I never smell after using the salt but still sweat some and my shirt will start to smell in arm pits sometimes. Nothing too terrible though. Since I've stopped using chemical antiperspirants, I actually sweat less which is great. I'm going to try this recipe next and see how it goes!

Breighton said...

i made this yesterday, the only issue that i ran into was that maybe it's too warm in my house but it was SUUUUUPER liquidy, i doubled the dry ingredients and it's still nowhere near "pomade" texture. should i keep it in the fridge? today i used it in it's liquidy form and have been really impressed with it!

Anonymous said...

Is this for guys or girls? or both?

Toni Thomas said...

I've been using just straight coconut oil not mixing all those other things and it have been working good for me. It's been about 2-3 weeks.

Toni Thomas said...

I too have used straight coconut oil for weeks and it works good.

Anonymous said...

Vegetable shortening like Crisco can stand in for coconut.

Anonymous said...

Is this only for females? Or can males use it as well?

Kendall McCollum said...

This recipe REALLY works, unfortunately, I could only use it 3 days before I developed a rash. Do you know of any adjustments I can make to prevent this? Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me if using something labelled cornflour for cornstarch is likely to be okay? I know in the UK the terms are used interchangeably sometimes, but I'm getting differing information on how much difference it's likely to make.

Anonymous said...

I am thinking about trying this and would like to know if other essential oils can be substituted. For instance rose oil but I am worried it might stain white clothes because the rose oil has a reddish color. Also, does the oil have to be antibac?

ReidyPark said...

This recipie is just amazing. Both my youngest son and I use it. We can't get over the lack of smell! I am glad that he can stop putting chemicals on at a young age. Not for black or dark singlets though. :-)

Cheers
Annette

Unknown said...

HATE/ALLERGIC TO COCONUT OIL: You can sub almond oil, which is found in health food stores in the body section, or castor oil, both are carrier oils used often in body oil recipes.

ABOUT ARROWROOT: I looked in the spice & baking sections of many grocery stores, but only after a mad hunt, I found it in the "gluten-free" and dietary health section of a standard grocery. Look for a grocery that carries Bob's Red Mill- they'll have his bag in that section. If you don't have a store that caters to this near you, order online.

Unknown said...

oh, if you want it less oily: I also used less oil to make it more stiff with great success- it is like a smooth dough ball when you are mixing it in the bowl.

Also, I live in new orleans & I keep my apt warm, so I store this in a tiny, 1/4 cup Mason jar in the fridge to keep the oil stiff.

Tech Dynamo said...

This is tremendously beautiful post but what if someone is allergic to coconut oil ?

Anonymous said...

Hand sanitizer works well as deoderant, not anti-perspirant, right from the bottle and has built in moisturizer.