By Contributing Editor Sola Andenekan
When I think of my deodorant, I’m constantly reminded of the little 3 oz plastic bottle. I’m always aghast when I throw those empty containers away knowing that I have just contributed to a landfill. So, one day, I decided that I would no longer be contributing to a landfill– I was going to make my own deodorant!
Other than saving the planet one plastic bottle at a time, one of the great things about making your own deodorant is controlling what goes into your skin. Many deodorants have so many different kinds of chemicals that we often get flabbergasted trying to figure out what they are.
So, here’s a simple recipe:
Gather up: 1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
A blend of essential oils: I like to use almond oil (takes the smell of the cornstarch away), lavender, peppermint, and bergamot
4 tbsp coconut oil
2-3 drops Vitamin E
an empty container with lid
Step One:
In a large bowl, mix the cornstarch, baking soda and essential oils together. Melt the coconut oil and pour into the bowl and then add Vitamin E drops.
Step Two:
Mush the ingredients together until you get a silky paste. Add more coconut oil or less depending on the type of consistency that you want. I usually add more coconut oil to the mix to give it a smoother paste.
Step Three:
Pour paste into your container. Let it sit for a couple of hours in the container. The paste will harden. Presto! Before you can say smelly pits, you have your very own deodorant. This recipe amount should last last for well over 3 to 6 months.
Keep in mind that making more of what you consume lessens the resources required for packaging, recycling and manufacturing as well as the carbon footprint required for distribution and buying from a store.