It’s no Secret, you can make your own deodorant

I spent a lot of time as a child with a Nana who lived through the depression. She was one of five children in Bronx Irish Catholic family.  Waste not want not was a phrase heard at least once a day in her house. Seriously You were allowed one glass of juice at breakfast in a proper juice glass . Every bit of cloth was saved for making something else or a “cleaning rag”. The commercial said “A spoonful does a sink full” so you better not use more than a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent for those dishes.  Growing up around someone like this either rubs off on you and you carry on the same way or you rebel and vow never to cut open another toothpaste tube in your life when there’s a fresh tube below in the cabinet.  I am of the first type. My husband was amazed that I would choose to cut and use when I didn’t have too.  I was amazed that he left the water running while brushing his teeth. Or that he started the shower then walks to the linen closet to grab a towel and then takes off his clothes. Or that he opens a fresh bar of soap when there are one sometimes TWO half size bars in the shower. Or… what were we talking about again? Waste not want not, Waste not want not, do not call husband to bitch.

Okay so my Nana would not let you waste anything. Similarly if she was out of something, she wasn’t going to go out just to buy one thing, ridiculous.  Stomach ache and out of Pepto Bismol? A teaspoon of baking soda in warm water will take care of that. Both sides of the cut toothpaste tube scraped clean? The baking soda mixed with a splash of peroxide does an perfectly fine job. Out of deodorant? She had fix for that too.  Mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch well.  She added a bit of cinnamon oil but you could could use lavender, tea tree, basically you want an essential oil with antibacterial properties. Be careful if using cinnamon. Too much is a skin irritant.  Keep in a pot type container.  She used an old Mums cream deodorant container. Dip a clean damp washrag into the jar and apply to underarms.  While this recipe does work keep in mind that it is a deodorant not an antiperspirant. And if the word clinical is something you look for you will be disappointed.

Under the same clinical lines I also know a recipe for a simple antiperspirant. I also wanted to show that every home remedy and recipe I know does not involve baking soda. Again this won’t compare to super strength store bought but works and if all the cancer/aluminum stories worry you, this may work for you. In any case it does the job in a pinch.

Mix equal parts witch hazel, mineral water and aloe vera gel. 1/4 cup each is usually what I use . Add a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin and a few drops essential oils (again with antibacterial properties). You can put in any old spray bottle. Remember to shake before use.

Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks for the recipe! My husband gets really upset at the thought of me using antiperspirant (because of the aluminum) and for the last year I have been trying to find something more natural to use that actually works (salt rocks work pretty good but I’m hoping this recipe will be even better).

    • You are very welcome! I am so excited, you gave my first comment. Haven’t told anyone about the blog, wasn’t sure how you got here, then I remembered Beauty is a thing of the Past (awesome). I checked you out as well love it!. Let me know how the recipe works for you.


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