Home-Made Deodorant

by Rachel J.

June 2013


You guys shared a great deodorant recipe not too long ago, and I have another version. I've been making the coconut oil version for years, but didn't care for the oil stains under the arms of my clothing especially in summertime. That didn't deter me from using it though!

Here's an updated recipe:
2 cups water, divided
1 packet of plain gelatin
1 1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
40 drops of grapefruit seed extract
40 drops of favorite essential oils

Place one cup of cool water in a bowl and then sprinkle the gelatin on top. Heat the other cup of water to boiling and pour over the gelatin mixture. Stir until well combined and the gelatin is dissolved. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set like jello.

Remove the gelatin mixture from the fridge and stir t break up the chunks as much as possible. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. This makes about 2 1/2 cups of deodorant, so I store it in the fridge in a mason jar and pull out what I need for a couple of weeks at a time.

Note: I found a cheap gel deodorant dispenser, dumped the deodorant, and refilled it with my own concoction. It works great--even keeping body odor away for hours of sweating in the sun (and I live on the MS gulf coast)! Also, I'm sure you could steep any kind of herbs in the boiling water before adding it to the gelatin! I've also tried replacing some of the gelatin mixture (before I added the soda and starch) with genuine aloe vera gel (not the blue stuff), and that gives it a nice smell.


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