I distinctly remember when first learning about zero waste and rolling my eyes at homemade deodorant. I thought, please, hold an intervention if I ever think this is a good idea. Well, well, well... never say never, right?! I thought I would give it a go when I ran out of deodorant and thought, wouldn't it be great to get rid of another non-recyclable plastic item in my house. It was extremely easy to make, and I had an old deodorant container to put it in. Here are some pros and cons I have found so far:
1. Pro, it is SO easy to make. If you don't have arrowroot powder on hand and you're not sure if you want to commit to buying an ingredient that you're not sure you will use again, Bulk Barn sells it so you can buy as much as you need.
2. Con, I'm not consistently using it because I need to keep it in the fridge so it stays solid. It honestly has the same consistency as regular deodorant, when kept in the fridge but I have purchased more deodorant to store in the bathroom when I'm on autopilot early in the morning.
3. Pro, I'm an active person and workout frequently and so far no complaints in the smell department.
4. Con, if you shave your underarms, I find the baking soda to sting a bit right after you do it, which also leads to my #2 con.
5. I thought that the deodorant turned my skin all blue haha it was quite hilarious, however, when I wore the same shirt again with store bought deodorant it happened again and it must have been my new shirt!
Homemade Deodorant Recipe:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
8-10 drops of an essential oil of your choice!
1. In a bowl mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder together
2. Mix in coconut oil until all blended together
3. Add an essential oil of your choice
You can put it in a Tupperware container or if you have an old deodorant container you can put it in there and keep it in the fridge. The texture is very similar to store bought deodorant when kept in the fridge. You can also keep it at room temperature too it will just be more creamier.
It's definitely worth trying to make just to see if this is something you could make homemade and pull off! I have two other homemade items that I want to try: hair product for curly hair and homemade toothpaste. I need to do a bit more research with the toothpaste, but the hair product needs to stay in the fridge so maybe my morning routine can make it's way down to the kitchen and I'll be more consistent.
Always fun to try new things!