Homemade Deodorant and a Little Update

I stopped using anti-antiperspirants a few years ago. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I’m not going to get into those. What I am going to get into, is how to make your own homemade deodorant. I like homemade because I know exactly what it contains. And that’s not something I can say about most of the things we buy these days.

About two years ago, I read a few recipes for homemade deodorant and decided to go with an adaptation of the simplest of them all. I’m gonna share it with you, critique it for you, and share a new recipe I recently tried.

For this simple recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 – 6 Tbs coconut oil
12 drops essential oil of your choice.

Put all of this in a bowl and just mash it all together until it’s blended.

I tried putting this in an old, empty deodorant stick I had, but it was so crumbly it was impossible to apply without scooping some out with my fingers and rubbing it in. It worked as well as any deodorant I’ve ever tried! But I was not happy with the application.

I wanted a “stick” deodorant. And then I found this recipe http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/09/gentle-all-natural-deodorant-stick-recipe.html and I adaped it a little. And I’m gonna share that with you. You’ll need the following ingredients:

3 Tbs arrowroot or cornstarch
3 Tbs baking soda
3 Tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbs beeswax
12 drops essential oil of your choice (I used orange)

Note: If you have your own beeswax, just grate 1 1/2 Tbs. Or you can use 1 1/2 Tbs. flaked beeswax. Just a tip from my dishwasher, don’t use your husband’s favorite grater for this. Nuff said.

Put all of that in a pot and heat it slowly while stirring. After a few minutes, it’ll look something like this:

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Keep heating and stirring until it’s pretty smooth:

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Then pour it into your empty stick container:

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Try not to splash a bunch down the sides like I did. Let it cool for a few hours until solid.

I’m pretty happy with this recipe, but the next time I think I’ll add a little more beeswax. It’s not quite as solid as I like – although I will say it works well enough that I don’t have to use my fingers. Which is a definitely plus in my book.

And I have a little update and a few pics to share with you.

Remember those chairs that Bernie put seats in for me to keep plants on? We painted them, and the seat. And we painted an old table to go with them.

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I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

The barn swallow that made a nest in the eve of the chicken coop lean-to hatched out three babies!

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When I knock on the wall their little mouths pop open :)

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Speaking of eggs, I now have THREE chicken nests in my GOAT barn…….

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But, as long as I know where to find the eggs, I leave them alone. *sigh*

And speaking of goats…….

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Beggars.

Bobby Lee is handsome as ever.

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And Earlene is still her Duke-looking-self.

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Oh, and look at these pretty Columbine showing off in my garden:

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My garlic chive that is about 6 years old and desperately needs dividing…..

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Ok, that’s it for now. I’ll leave you with a picture of our little place in the woods – and if you look closely enough, you may spy Bernie chilling after a long, hot day of working on these grounds.

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9 Responses to “Homemade Deodorant and a Little Update”

  1. Charlotte says:

    Love Columbine and so so the humming birds. I’ve been trying to get chives started again, love the blossoms on them. I so like that you got grass growing now :-) I know it took awhile for ours to really come in too. I got tired of mowing weeds. lol So Love how y’all homestead is growing and looking.
    Love ya, miss y’all and hope to get out for a visit soon. XXXOOO

  2. Julie says:

    I can’t believe you have Columbine blooming! Mine are just coming up good! Everything is so gorgeous! I’ve made deodorant before but I found out that I’m allergic to baking soda! Not taking it, but when it’s in a deodorant! Weird, I know, but you know me! ;) My underarms and lymph nodes swole up so bad it wasn’t funny. After that I found a recipe without baking soda……but it’s been so long ago I’m not sure where it is now ;/

    Penny, will you save me some seeds from your chives? I have the white blooming ones but I love your purple/blue ones!

    Love you and your posts!

  3. Penny says:

    Charlotte – thank you, Booboo! It’s been about 7 years or so since our yard was nothing but forest! Don’t look too closely….it’s really nothing but weeds! But it’s green and keeps the mud down, so we’re happy with it :) xoxoxo

    Julie – I had that reaction to antiperspirants. And if I use the deodorant more than once a day, it’ll happen with that too. Frustrating. But the homemade deo does much better for me. I love the stick recipe. I’m still working on getting it firmer, but it’s my favorite now. I wonder if you have a specific later blooming columbine – or we have an earlier one here? Ours usually bloom early up here. And I will actually dig up some of my chives to share with you! They desperately need to be divided anyway. These are supposedly heirloom garlic chives. The gal that gave them to me said they had been in her family for at least 3 generations. The flowers have a distinct garlic flavor and are really good in salads. The bees love them too. Love you sweet cuz!

  4. Everything looks so beautiful!!

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Nope, not getting into making deoderant here. Too inexpensive to buy and lasts me forever… but the landscaping along the front of your house is wonderful to see!

  6. J.P. says:

    I think you’re missing the bundles and bundles of broody hen and chicks photos you’re supposed to be posting. :) How is the flock doing? I love seeing pictures of your birds!

  7. Penny says:

    Thanks, Cheryl! Spring has been good to us.

    Mary Ann – It made me giggle to read “landscaping”….. I always think I have no sense of style or creativity when it comes to the yard. But I am pleased with how well things are coming along in the yard…..despite me and the chickens!

    J.P. your wish is my command :) I have battled broodies all spring. I’ve allowed two to hatch out clutches, and just gave another three eggs to set on last week. I’ve completely broken two others, and right now, I only have one other I’m trying to break. The ones I break are the mean hens. I won’t tolerate them attacking me as I change feeders and waterers or handle the babies. All my hens are protective of their babies, but I have far too many nice broodies to tolerate the mean ones. Look for a chicken post soon…..dedicated to you :)

  8. Man, am I jealous of your gardening space! Love the wheelbarrow of flowers too!

  9. basicliving says:

    Thank you, Weekend Homesteader!

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