Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Homemade Deodorant for Under $.25 a Batch

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.

The Recipe
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 ;)

The Verdict
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.  

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