Posted by: Jordan
See, I’m not the only one who think this homemade deodorant recipe works!!! DIY deodorant review from PJR friend, Jamie:
“Recently I was fortunate enough to receive a sample of Jordan’s homemade deodorant cream (eucalyptus scent!) and after the past two weeks of use I felt compelled to come to my good friend’s blog and share my feedback. THIS THING IS AMAZING! Now, it should be stated that I am one of those girls who has fought the deodorant battle for many, many years. It’s not so much that I sweat profusely, it’s more smelliness that is my issue (ha!). I’m not kidding though – I could run 6 miles and not drip one bead of sweat, but I will stink to high heaven! And although I am new to the natural deodorant scene, I have definitely tried EVERY deodorant on the market. And sadly I will admit that for almost the entirety of the last ten years Old Spice for Men has been a staple in my medicine cabinet. Yep, that’s right – full strength men’s Old Spice. But I think it’s also important to note here that while Old Spice was the best that I’ve been able to find – it still had its “off” days and didn’t hold up against the hottest of summer days.
Listen, while I’m fully ashamed of my dirty little secret, at least I haven’t taken the “botox” route! Have you guys heard about this? A good friend of mine from high school who shares in our armpit woes has recently told me that she has resorted to botox. After countless years of visiting dermatologists to battle her demons and trying every prescription deodorant on the market – an actual member of the medical profession advised my friend of a “new fad” that seems to be working. Yep, you guessed it – botox injections in her armpits every few months! Girls, I can’t even tell you the shock when I heard that she was going to go through with it. And apparently it has cured her “ring around the armpit” so completely that she is sold on the entire process and gone back three times over the past 9 months. I’ve tried everything in my power to convince her of the harm she is doing by blocking her pores with this unnatural substance – but sadly, to no avail. (Completely off the subject but I thought that I might share this tidbit of information and enlighten the natural deodorant community of this new & horrifying occurrence).
OK back on track…enter my new hero…Jordan’s special homemade recipe deodorant! As I mentioned, it has been a little over two weeks of use and this product has withstood the test of time in my book (OK maybe I’ll have to get back to you after the heat of August but for now – I’m sold). Once you get used to the fact that you kind of have to scrape the solid material a bit with your fingernail to gather a small amount (and truth be told it almost turned me off to trying it but I’m glad that I held strong) and then spread it onto your armpits with your bare hands for a few moments, it’s dryness and smell resistant capabilities are god-like. At the end of each day (and I’ve had a rough two weeks between juggling work, classes at night, a two-hour commute each direction and a new house to unpack) I am so satisfied and I can’t say enough good things. So ladies, please either try a batch according to Jordan’s recipe or join me in encouraging Jordan as to how she is going to make her first million – bottle this crap and get it on the market, girl! All you need is a line of like 4-6 different scents (I will even design all of your packaging!) and make a go at it. I think that you’ve got a real winner here, Jord!”
While Jamie’s enthusiasm made my day, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make a million by packaging something SO incredibly easy to make at home. If you’ve been wanting a natural deodorant that actually works, stop your searching, go to your kitchen, and whip up a batch. If you’re half as enthusiastic as Jamie is about the outcome, I think you’ll be satisfied! And a note on the consistency: the deodorant cream solidifies in the cold and becomes creamier in the warmth. So just warm a little of the cream in your hands before spreading on your armpits until the warmer months come.
Again, here’s the recipe I’ve been using:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
4 tablespoons coconut oil
5-10 drops essential oil depending on the strength of your oils (*a note on essential oils–any scent you like will do, but some oils have more naturally deodorizing properties than others, such as Geranium, Lavender, Tea Tree Oil, and Lemon. I’m recently loving doTerra’s “Purify” oil blend which includes lemon, lime, tea tree oil, pine, and cilantro.)
Just mix everything together and spoon into a jar…no heating required!