By Nicola Galloway
I made this simple natural deodorant from a handful of ingredients I found in my kitchen pantry and bathroom cupboards. It features in the Mondays Journal Issue #3 alongside many other gorgeous recipes.
Baking soda has been used as a natural deodorant for many years however used by itself, it can be a little abrasive. In this recipe I have mixed the baking soda with soothing ingredients including tapioca starch and aloe vera to make a smooth paste.
You will need
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp tapioca starch/arrowroot
1 tsp aloe vera gel
1 tsp rose water
6 drops rose essential oil
Soften the coconut oil in a bowl sitting in warm water. Make sure not to melt, just soften enough to be able to mix in the other ingredients. Add the baking soda, tapioca starch, aloe vera gel, rose water, rose essential oil and mix well. Spoon into one to two small jars.
Keep in a cool place and use within six months. To apply, simply use your finger to rub a small amount, about ⅛ teaspoon, under each arm.
*Variation: replace the rose essential oil and rose water with orange or lemon essential oil and orange blossom water. For extra anti-bacterial protection add 6 drops of tea tree oil (bad odour comes from bad bacteria).
* Test skin first: As with any topical application always test a small amount to make sure it doesn’t cause a reaction – this is particularly important if you have sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to the inside of your arm, if after 12 hours there is no noticeable reaction then use as described as a natural deodorant.