One of my favorite money saving techniques is to make things at home. It often takes very little work and yields a hefty savings. Not only does it save money, but the health benefits are often a big deal, too. Parabens and aluminum, found in deodorants, have been thought to cause many health issues, including a possible link to cancer. No thank you. So, my husband and I decided to try out a homemade recipe. After both talking to and reading from people who have tried DIY deodorants, I felt confident that it would be strong enough for both of us to at least try.
In a bowl, mix together:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 corn starch
Then, 1 TBS at a time, mix in coconut oil until you achieve a desired consistency. I used about 3 TBS in mine.
Store in a container, and use your fingers to apply a small amount each morning ;)
After about a week of us both using this deodorant, I am happy to say we are homemade deodorant converts! My husband is able to work out at lunch and return to work without needing more deodorant, and I make it the whole day smelling fresh, too!
For the price (depending on where you buy your ingredients, it works out to around $.18-$.25 per batch!), I will happily scoop my deodorant out of a little jar! I have seen people wash out old deodorant tubes and fill it with their homemade stuff. The only problem I see with this method is that coconut oil turns to a liquid when it's warm. If you needed to travel with it and you had it in a tube, I would imagine hat you may end up with a big mess! Ours stays relatively solid in our bathroom.