I store my deodorant in the refrigerator, yes I do.
Making your own deodorant.
I know. Everyone will roll their eyes and say, “good grief, if she wasn’t already goofy, she’s now gone round the bend!” But I’m telling you…it’s true. I do store my deodorant in the fridge. See?
But why you ask? Because it might melt! Let me explain.
Not long ago, I began reading up on how aluminum in antiperspirants could be contributing to an increase in Alzheimer’s, as well as being an estrogen mimicker and clogging pores (see more info HERE @ Kitchen Stewardship). Considering I’m youngish, I kind of just ignored most of that, until I began seeing symptoms in several family members, and wanted to do whatever I could to help reduce my chances. My husband already used deodorant only products as the antiperspirant causes other problems for his skin. So..I switched. However, it’s become increasingly hard to find deodorants for women. If I used men’s versions, I smelled like a man all day. Not that it’s bad, but I smelled it all the time. I don’t want to smell my underarms all day – even if it is a clean fresh shower smell. I switched to a deodorant stone, but found that I’m allergic to them and broke out in welts. So, I went organic. Those didn’t work at all. not at all.
As I was researching about our change in diet (going to a less typical American diet to a more traditional, whole food diet), I ran across this article on making your own deodorant at Passionate Homemakers (this also includes a video to see the concoction being created). I was REALLY skeptical, but I was running out of options. I really didn’t like smelling like my husband all day, and our alternatives weren’t working. So, I went out and invested in my first container of coconut oil. And if you know me at all, you’ll know I *hate* coconut anything. So this was a big leap (turns out, coconut oil doesn’t taste the way coconut does, and doesn’t have that irritating texture thing! LOL).
I followed the directions for mixing the concoction, and used an old deodorant dispenser from one of the versions that weren’t working for me. I gave it a two-week test. And I tested it hard. I didn’t shower for 3 days..used the new stuff, and you couldn’t *smell* that I hadn’t showered. I also tested regular deodorant under one arm, and the new homemade stuff under the other. I could tell no difference in how the two worked at all. And, I only half smelled like a man (and maybe all that scent was covering up that it might not be working as effectively as I thought?).
The only problem with it is that coconut oil melts at 76. Our house is never that cool in the summer. So my options were to use it in a tub and apply it by hand (which would be fine, but a bit messy), or store it in the container I chose in the fridge. I just pull it out as I get my first drink in the mornings, and apply it after my shower, then put it back. It blends into my skin, doesn’t leave residue on my clothes, and leaves me fresh as a daisy all day long.
I have now converted 100% and am loving it. I’m not having skin reaction issues at all, I don’t smell like my husband all day, and there are no harmful chemicals going on my skin. It’s worked wonderfully.
Mix equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), then mix enough coconut oil (you’ll want to be sure to have it in its solid state) to get the consistency you need. Please see Lindsay’s directions @ Passionate Homemaking for more specific directions. Once done, store in a container that suits your needs.