Friday, July 1, 2016

Homemade Deodorant

You're thinking hippies, right?  Hippies who don't smell very fresh?*  You're thinking overpriced "natural" deodorants that don't work, right?  

I have never had good luck with natural deodorants.  The only one I found that actually worked cost about $20 for 2 ounces.  And it required a lot of re-application to make me feel secure.  Everything else has been a bust. 

My life is forever changed!!  I waited over a month to post this because I wanted to engage in plenty of tests. I have tested it at church.  At the pool.  On a hot day of gardening.  On a walk.  I have recruited a friend and my husband to corroborate my testimony that I am not odorous. It works AND it's cheap!

I used this recipe as written, except that I do not have patchouli oil--I just used a bit of extra lavender oil.  The interesting thing is that the coconut oil seems to make this soak into the skin, so I really think it sort of protects even after it should have "worn off."  I love this deodorant and it's simple and easy to make. The recipe makes enough to perfectly fill a 4-oz jar, and I've been using mine daily for a month, and I'm not even halfway through it.  

If you are trying to save money and/or avoid conventional deodorant, I highly recommend trying this coconut oil-lavender concoction!

*If you're a hippie, don't take offense. I bet you smell fresh. I was talking about the other hippies.


  1. Polly, you really have a sense of humor! I can't wait to try this. It's the perfect time of year for an accurate deodorant test, too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. R-e-a-l-l-y? I dunno, it's one area where I need to be very sure and it can get very hot here ... Though it is winter now.

    1. You should try it this summer, Rose, to see if it will work in the Australian heat! We get hot and humid (the humidity is worse than the heat where I live--it's so sticky) and so far, even on a day of yard work, this works. I sometimes re-apply mid-day on a very hot and sweaty day, but I'm not sure that's necessary--it's more a mental thing for me!

    2. Actually the REAL test would be Charleston in August. If I ever do that I will let you know. But I generally avoid Charleston between June-September!!! :)