Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Recipe for Coconut Oil & EO Deodorant

I recently discovered that the non-aluminum deodorant that I have been using for some time has derivatives of alum in it. Yikes! Is it possible to get away from toxins? What is hiding in our cosmetics and foods under deceptive names?

When we gave up anti-perspirant deodorants over a decade ago, we did so because of research that suggested that aluminum is linked to Alzheimer's. At that time, we checked to ensure that we chose no products with aluminum or alum in it.

Note to self and you: Check labels constantly. Companies change their recipes.

So, daughter and I went searching for a natural, home-made concoction for deodorant. Below is our recipe. I am using it for the first time today and am pleased!


  • 1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum free)

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 5 to 10 drops teatree essential oil (optional)

  • 5 to 10 drops lavendar essential oil (optional)

  • 5 to 10 drops geranium essential oil (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel


Use a wooden spoon. Use a medium to large glass or ceramic bowl. Mix baking soda and arrowroot powder together. Add the coconut oil and mix until the consistency is a paste. Add the essential oils. Use the ones listed above or ones that you like. Add the aloe vera gel and mix thoroughly.

Place mixture in a glass jar. Make a label - fancy or not.

To apply, use your fingers.


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