For the duration of #plasticfreejuly I embarked upon a little experiment, that i'd been meaning to try for some time...using homemade deodorant!
After having my daughter sweating had been a battle and I had one deodorant i could trust and stuck to it.
However, despite the length of time my deodorant lasts it was still on my list of plastic items to try to replace, so i thought now was as good a time as any to give it a try!
I had heard that baking soda or bicarbonate of soda was a good base ingredient but my skin being sensitive i wanted to make something gentle and that smelled nice too (I'm a sucker for a lovely smell).
I found a basic recipe without quantities and had all the ingredients in, so after a few goes I came up with this recipe.
3 tbsp coconut oil (from a glass jar) 2 tbsp baking soda/bicarbonate of soda (from a paper bag) 2 tbsp cornflour (from a cardboard box) essential oils (glass bottles)
Just mix it all up together and put in the fragrance of your choice (I chose Ylang Ylang and Bergamot for the antiseptic and inflammatory properties, as I'm prone to irritation under my arms), then I transferred it into a little ceramic ramekin.
It does need to be kept in the fridge during the summer months, so that the ingredients don't separate when it melts.
I just took a pea sized amount and rubbed it in under each arm. It dried in quite quickly - quicker than my roll on actually, which is a bonus!
I did have very low expectations of this because of my difficulties with alcohol based deodorants but was pleasantly surprised when a whole week had gone by and I hadn't noticed any difference to wearing my usual deodorant! Now a month on and I have no reason to stop using it.
It is not an antiperspirant, so I'm not claiming it will stop you sweating (for me this isn't a huge issue) but it did a fantastic job as a deodorant, so i wont be going back. plus I get to choose the scent each time which i love!
I would encourage you to try it, as sometimes the alcohol and other active ingredients in your regular deodorant can encourage sweating, so for your too this may not even be a problem.