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How to Make Non-Toxic Deodorant - Probiotic

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Non-toxic, healthy deodorant is simple to make & I've found it to work so much better than the store brand deodorants! More importantly, it only requires a few ingredients - safe ones which are non-toxic and not going to disrupt your body's system. It only takes a few minutes to make, and there are a lot of variations of this recipe online - so feel free to make alterations to it as you please.

Ingredients Needed:
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup of Corn Starch
  • Small mason jar
Optional Additions:
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Almond Oil (or any other Oil of your Choice)
  • Essential Oil for Scent (I used Grapefruit)
  • 1 Probiotic Capsule (Shelf-stable)
Mix the first three ingredients together in a medium-size bowl. If you would like to use the optional ingredients, add them now. The batch makes about a cup of deodorant - and my small one-cup mason jar was perfect for it. Once it sits for a while, it will not be so liquidy - it will be a soft semi-solid.

With this recipe, you'll need to open up the jar and scoop out a small amount onto your finger and rub it on. This method of application sounded a bit gross to me, to be honest - but once applied, it dries right away and it's no big deal. If you wanted to make this and put it in a a clean plastic twist-able deodorant container, that is an option. It is possible to do it with this mixture, but I personally would add one other ingredient to the mix if I were to make a solid deodorant - melted beeswax. In the future, I will make it and share the instructions in a new Instructable if readers would like that! For now, I love this stuff!
I hope you enjoy your new homemade deodorant! :)
If you have any questions, let me know!

Also, if you have any skin sensitivities, as some people may, not using as much baking soda should help. The use of a probiotic is something without a lot of scientific data to support it as being beneficial - just lots of raving reviews of the people who have tried it before us and have had success with it - stating they thought it got rid of their yucky underarm smell. With or without it, this deodorant is the best I have ever used!

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So, why use non-toxic deodorant - why does it matter? (Skip if you don't want to know my personal thoughts on this!)
I realized about six months ago that I've been subtly deceived my whole life! When going to the store, I'd buy makeup, shampoo, deodorant and lotions because I liked the product; the quality, price or scent and that was about it. I'd do the same for all my other cleaning product purchases. I was an extreme couponer up until the past few months too - due to lack of time - I've taken a break. So, I had accumulated a nice stock pile of name-brand products that most people enjoy and use everyday. I then discovered that the FDA and other governing agencies don't really keep track of what the major companies are putting in their beauty, home and cleaning products (food too, but that is another topic). I discovered that all my products contained a lot of items which had toxic effects on the way the body functions.

You may be saying to yourself that the amount of toxic ingredients are "probably" so miniscule that it wouldn't affect you. Well, I disagree. We use so many different products while getting ready in the morning and while cleaning the house - we are overloading our senses and our bodies with these toxins from every possible direction. I also had a bout of preinvasive cervical cancer before - thankfully I had a minor surgery and it hasn't come back. I'm not saying deodorant or any particular product is causing cancer - but I know a lot of people die from it everyday. Everyone has been effected by cancer. If making these small changes will increase my health and keep some toxins out - I am all for it! I love life too much to not make these small changes!!! I also love having way less products around. This deodorant was my final step in totally transitioning over to all-natural products - and it works better than any store deodorant I've used!

*There has been research which shows a strong link between anti-antiperspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer, birth defects, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. If you like, you can read more about it here. You can also do searches on all your products here at the Skin Deep Database to see which products are safe! I'm done preaching!



SparkySolar made it!1 month ago

I made it. I loved how easy it was.. I found some large Push up Lip Balm and Solid Lotion Tubes, They are Huge

Thanks

Rima

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Kdoug379, did you by chance use liquid coconut oil? That could be why it didn't thicken/solidify. You can get the solid in any grocery store, but I prefer organic from the health food store. I have never had a problem with it returning to near solid at room temperature (unless you're in hellish heat) when proper proportions are used
gbduarte1 year ago
Can we use olive oil instead of coconut oil? what would be the difference?
Thanks for your instructable =)
HollyMann (author)  gbduarte1 year ago
Yeah you could...it's a different texture for sure....if you do use olive oil...may need to use less...and it won't have the same texture..but you could try it!
I made this formula using arrowroot powder and rose essential oil. It came out great and I don't smell at all. Well, I smell like roses. Lol! It felt so good not to go to target and buy deodorant. Thank you so much!
HollyMann (author)  Casavantwilliams1 year ago
Yay awesome!!! :)
kdoug3791 year ago
I mixed just the coconut oil, cornstarch, and baking soda, and after almost two hours, it had less consistency than a milkshake. I've done this twice already, what am I doing wrong?
HollyMann (author)  kdoug3791 year ago
SORRY for the late reply...hmm...I'm surprised at the consistency..are you in a hot location or humid area? Hmm...I suppose you could either put it in the fridge to let it "set" or use a little less coc. oil. :) Hope it helps!
sadam21 year ago
Holly, I LOVE this recipe! It's stood up to the Phoenix summer heat test and by the next morning (after a previous morning application) I still don't have stinky or sweaty pits! I used coconut oil since it is mostly solid at room temp and used lavender essential oil. I also added a few drops of OnGuard essential oil blend from Doterra oils. It's has some serious antibacterial oils in it (as does the lavender), which help prevent the stink-causing bacteria. I also store it in the fridge it keep it solid and keep it from separating. Good job on this one!
HollyMann (author)  sadam21 year ago
Awesome to hear!!!! The coconut oil is the best..one other trick I've learned..if you have this anyway - magnesium oil (which you can buy or can be made from the flakes and water) - that with some coconut oil - alone - works as a great deodorant and super healthy way to get magnesium also! Yours sounds awesome...thanks for sharing it!
This is a cool idea
cool tips. I don't use chemical things on me so this is perfect!
and1boyx1 year ago
Is it also antiperspirant?
HollyMann (author)  and1boyx1 year ago
It isn't! Some people who use this say that after using it for 4-6 weeks more or less that their bodies really adjust and they find that they hardly ever sweat...it just takes some time to know. :)
Libahunt1 year ago
I have tried two ways of making more solid deodorant for a stick container.
One is melting cocoa butter. I guess adding beeswax to oil would be similar. It was time consuming to wait for the cocoa butter to get semi-solid and keep stirring the mix because otherwise there was a layer of soda packed rather tightly together at the bottom and a thin layer of pure cocoa butter at the top.
An easier method is to add oil in small amounts and stop when the mix is nicely sticking together but not flowing as liquid yet.
But good luck experimenting, such things are always worth trying out yourself.
Nice clear instructable.
HollyMann (author)  Libahunt1 year ago
Thank you so much for these invaluable tips - they help! :) I will try to experiment with variations ...I just don't like the smell of cocoa butter. Thank you for the tips...how do you like the deodorant as far as using it goes? Does it work well for you?
Yes, it works very nicely. It has couple of disadvantages, first it seems to come off sooner than a store bought stick deodorant and second the baking soda can be kind of obvious on black clothes on it's way towards the gravity - so bra mostly. But the store bought ones don't seem to ever come off at all from either, clothes or skin, and I find it much more annoying than little bit of loose powder. Otherwise the baking soda deodorant does exactly what it is meant to do - keep armpits smelling fresh. Just some people might wish to reapply it if the day is long.
HollyMann (author)  Libahunt1 year ago
Thanks for your tips and advice. I think we're also not used to sweating at all...and my habit is to put on more deod. when I do. So I am not sure if I really need to reapply this stuff, but I do at times. It can take a little time to adjust to or get used to something different like this - but I think it's worth it. :)
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
i always wanted deoderant i would for sure try it .
timbit19851 year ago
I don't see how this is probiotic. Probiotics are live micro organisms that confer a health benefit. i.e Lactobacillus, found in sauerkraut. For something to contain probiotics, it must be innoculated or fermented.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic

Nice Instructable though! I shave using simple, old fashion glycerine soap because I don't like all the junk they add into shaving cream. I might give this a try. I rub coconut oil on my wife's stomach when she is pregnant. Nothing seems to work as well as that in reducing the 'itchy' tummy syndrome.
ah, I missed the probiotic capsule. Sorry
That is what the acidophilus & bifidus (Probiotic) is.
blodefood1 year ago
So simple, so easy! Nice 'ible!
I love your idea! Thanks for sharing, Holly! :-)
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thanks Mario!
You are very welcome! :-)
fanda1 year ago
hi! nice idea! Can I use another type of oil such as olive oil?
HollyMann (author)  fanda1 year ago
Yes that should work fine!
PitStoP1 year ago
Hey Holly... This is great and looks so easy to make. I didn't know it could be so easy to make deodorant. I wonder if it can be made into a liquid stage then put into an roll-on deodorant type bottle. =) Do you know how long the shelf life will be for this?
It's great that people are realizing that a lot of chemicals in our every day use products can make them sick in the long run. Keep it the great work!
Shelf life of these is long. I have never seen any batch go bad in couple of years I have made deodorant about that way. I assume I use up a batch (that I keep at room temperature) in one to two months and usually I make double batch so half of it also sits in fridge the same length of time first. I must admit I haven't used any cornstarch in them lately, and I always use fair amout of teatree (antibacterial) oil. Results may differ with other ingredients.
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Thank you! It could definitely be more liquidy or a liquid form with using less corn starch and more of the oil...but to just make it a liquid so it can be put into a rollup deodorant tube - I would melt the ingredients and add some beeswax (maybe a tablespoon..maybe a little more) so it would cool to be more solid like normal deodorant!
Awesome! I love when I can recognize and know how to find all the ingredients :) I have one vain question, do you know if it stains or leaves residue on clothes like normal deodorant? (or maybe I just buy the wrong deodorant)
lgiuliani1 year ago
Wow! great idea and looks so easy! Thanks again.
HollyMann (author)  lgiuliani1 year ago
Thank you - it is definitely fast and easy to make!