Recently I have been exploring the idea of producing my own cosmetics. I have some skin issues and a desire to solve them has prompted research into ingredients which help and ingredients that harm.
Type homemade deodorant into google and you will find a million links explaining the dangers of using commercial deodorants as well as how to make your own. I found it a bit overwhelming. In the end I chose the positive over the negative, glossing over the scare-mongering articles and focusing on the recipes.
The most useful reference I found during the research phase was Passionate Homemaking. I appreciated the experiment that led up to their deodorant recipe, I like the way it organically grew over some time resulting in the final result. I would love to be able to come up with my own products in a similar way (I'll certainly be more thoughtful about my 'making stuff' process in future).
|Homemade Deodorant Ingredients|
Ingredients (German in brackets):
1 part arrowroot powder (Pfeilwurzelstärke)
1 part bicarbonate of soda (Natron)
3 parts coconut oil (Kokosöl)
What I did:
2. I then added 6tbsp of coconut oil and started working it all together with the back of a spoon.
3. I kept on going for a few minutes until the mixture was homogeneous.
4. Finally I put the whole lot in an upcycled sterilised jam jar.
|Making homemade deodorant, part way mixed|
What I learnt:
- I suppose you could add a bit more oil if it's too dry, or a bit more of the dry ingredients (in equal amounts) if it's too wet.
- Working the mixture together doesn't work so well with a fork (she says from experience!).
- Putting the mixture in the jam jar works better with the back of a spoon too.
The verdict a few days later:
I've been using my new deodorant exclusively for nearly a week now.
I like it!
- It goes on easily (scrape a bit out of the jar with the back of a fingernail as it melts to the touch of skin).
- It's a little grainy when you put it on which was initially disappointing, but not a deal breaker.
- I used to wait for my commercial liquid deodorant to dry, so I do the same with my homemade version, letting it soak in.
- Doesn't smell strong and holds out all day (even the stressful first day back at work yesterday!).
Update in September:
- I used this deodorant exclusively for 6 months (January to June) and was very happy with it, having no skin issues the whole time.
- Then the weather started to get warmer. And I went back to full time work. And I wimped out a bit! I started to use commercial deodorant for my work days (teaching) and using my coconut deodorant for my off days. This worked a treat.
- After about 7 months the deodorant started to smell a bit funny and I didn't enjoy using it so much. I threw it out thinking the coconut oil had reached its use by date. Which is a shame, because I still had LOADS left. I've just checked the original coconut oil container and the oil is still good for another 6 months. And the arrowroot powder is good for another year. Maybe I acted prematurely with the throwing out act... Ooops...
- I will definitely make more of this, but in a smaller quantity so I can use it up before it turns.
Are you gonna give it a try? Got any tips to share?
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