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by Dr Corinne Harpster, ND Naturopathic Physician at SageMED in the Factoria area of Bellevue, WA
Hello everyone! Have you ever wanted to make your own deodorant? Maybe you just like making stuff, maybe you are trying to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, maybe you only want to put edible products on your skin, maybe you are more frugal and are looking for a deodorant that costs under a dollar to make. If so, have I got a video for you! If the video below doesn't work for you for some reason check it out on youtube here: http://youtu.be/fDJAb_7pCxY
I have been making my own deodorant for the past 5 years and the recipe I am going to share with you has never let me down. I found the original recipe at this site: www.bonzaiaphrodite.com several years ago and I'm still really satisfied with it.
Over the years I have experimented a bit with the recipe and I have modified it to use arrowroot powder rather than the corn starch she calls for, but both work equally well.
Baking soda: 1/3 cup some people find this to be a bit irritating to their skin, but it is generally a good ingredient for most people
Arrowroot powder OR organic cornstarch: 1/3 cup (there have been times I have used ground tapioca, but that makes for a much more firm deodorant that doesn't spread nearly as well, if that is what you choose to use then you may want to put some deodorant in your hand and add a tiny bit of water to make it more spreadable)
Coconut oil: 3 tablespoons this oil is antimicrobial in its own right
Vitamin E oil: 2 tablespoons good for the skin and works in a mild antioxidant/preservative capacity
Antimicrobial essential oils: 20 drops (or more, I use more) Examples of antimicrobial essential oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Peppermint
Mix up all of your ingredients in a large bowl with a fork or pastry cutter until it becomes a uniform paste, then put into a container of your choosing. I find that quarter pint canning jars work well for my family.
Let me know if you try making your own deodorant and how it works for you!