Do It Yourself Deodorant: Stand Back Everyone!

Today’s world is composed of many “do it yourself-ers,” but for those of us who don’t know what “it” is, the list of what one can make for him or herself without a trek to the grocery and/or drug store seems to be continuously growing.

Still, all in all, who ever would have thought to add deodorant to that roster? Certainly not I who has enough trouble making (and then later finding) my own shopping lists!

To stink in this modern world is far from divine, and as far as home and health products go, it would seem that deodorant would have to be at least one of the most important products to help prevent that. Reports of the dangers of aluminum keep creeping into our consciousness, and for the most part, deodorants need more and more applications in order to be effective.

This homemade deodorant boasts all natural elements; cornstarch, which acts as an absorbent, baking soda deodorizer and anti-bacteria/fungal oil (tea tree oil). Supposedly, all three of these components work day and night to keep stink from forming in our armpits. If you plan to try this, pick a day when you don’t have to go anywhere or meet with anyone you’d like to ever see again. (Perhaps this would be the perfect time to invite those nasty former in-laws over for a close encounter of the stinky kind, if you have been postponing such a confrontation.)

How to make your own deodorant

1- Put 1/4 cup each of baking soda and cornstarch into a bowl with at least 10 drops of tea tree oil. Lavender oil will also do the trick.

2- This deodorant is usually made as a powder. If it is a stick deodorant that you prefer, buy some shortening and stir in 2+tablespoons until it is the desired consistency.

3. Place contents into an empty deodorant container. Patience here is more than a virtue my friends, as the concoction will need to set for a day or so before it becomes sturdy enough for you to use it.

This deodorant is said to require a lighter hand than you would normally use to apply a stick deodorant, especially for the first few days. If used correctly, this stuff will last as long as you do and works with a very light layer that is invisible to the naked eye. (If you can see it, then you did something wrong; if it can see YOU, then throw it out and start all over again.)

If you have especially sensitive skin, increase the amount of cornstarch by 6 tablespoons and decrease the baking soda by 2 tablespoons.

Good luck!

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