Man it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good to be back online whenever I want. Lemme just give a special shout out to my Daddy, who decided that internet was pretty much a necessity and offered to pay for us to have it. I have missed blogging SOOOOO much! Anyway, the DIY project I’m featuring today is both frugal AND healthier for you. Did you know “some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects (3). Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (3) (National Cancer Institute, 2008).” I dunno about you, but this is kinda scary to me.
When I learned about the potential risk and combined that with the costs associated with keeping a family of 5 stink free (even during the dog days of summer), I decided it was time to find an alternative. I had heard and read that coconut oil could be used directly on the skin and it would serve as a deodorant, but that such activity didn’t do much to control wetness. I know that baby powder with cornstarch in it has protected my babies’ bums from diaper wetness so I thought hmmmmmm maybe cornstarch can help with armpit sweat too. Guess what it does!!!!! I’m now making my deodorant/antiperspirant and spending what is pretty much chump change to do so. Here’s what you need:
Yep that’s it…just THESE two ingredients! I actually get my cornstarch in the bulk section of my local grocery store because it’s much cheaper that way. I also added some coconut essential oil to my batch because my girls wanted it to smell good (and it was the only kind I had). It’s not necessary though and does nothing to improve performance. Now…all you gotta do is scoop out some coconut oil and mix in some cornstarch till you get it whatever consistency you want. I’m guessing I used about a cup or so of coconut oil and maybe half as much corn starch. I don’t know though, I didn’t measure it and I didn’t take pictures I’m so sorry. What I can tell you though is that I got enough deodorant to last myself and my daughters several months. It’s been like 2 already in fact and we haven’t even made a dent in the amount I made.
Try it…you just might like it too. Here are a few other things I’ve learned: it liquefies in mildly warm temperatures so keep it in your fridge, it is obviously not “clinical strength”, nor is it effective after about 12 hours and it is easiest applied by recycling an old deodorant container then spoon your new DIY coconut oil deodorant into the jar instead. Leaving it in the fridge doesn’t affect application because your own body heat causes it to soften up enough to spread under your arms.
My total estimated cost for making at LEAST 3 months of deodorant for 3 people (my son still isn’t wearing deodorant as much as he should and my oldest daughter isn’t home yet)….about $3.00 which is just about the cost of one stick of our former favorite deodorant.