How to make homemade deodorant
NOW, I know you're going to ask why. Why would I make homemade deodorant? Well, the answer is: if you run out and need to make some, for the sheer fun of it or simply to opt for more natural products. We are all about frugal living here. Whatever the reason, here is a recipe for you.
WHAT YOU NEED:
3 tbs cocoa butter
3 tbs bicarb
2 tbs cornflour
2 tbs coconut oil
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
5 drops each of clove, lime, tea tree and eucalyptus. Use whatever essential oils you like - I liked the smell of these.
WHAT YOU DO: In a microwave-proof container that you won't use for food, melt together all the ingredients except for the essential oils. Once melted and heated through gently, add the essential oils and whisk well. Pour mixture into a sterilised glass jar.
Store in a cool dry place - if it's really hot where you live store the mixture in the fridge or it will go rancid. If the mixture is too "liquid'' when you go to use it, add a bit more bicarb to firm it up. To use, use your fingers to rub a small amount under your arms.
Another version you could try: simply pop the roller off the top of an empty deodorant bottle. Half-fill with aloe vera juice (fresh is best, but shop-bought sunburn relief works just as well). Add a teaspoon of bicarb soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oils and pop the roller back on. Give it all a shake and you are ready to go.
Jody Allen is the founder of blog Stay At Home Mum: www.stayathomemum.com.au