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#1 of 9 Old 02-09-2012, 10:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I started making my own roll on deodorant with coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch.  I love it a lot a lot a lot, but it appears I'm having a topical reaction to the coconut oil.  I'm so sad about this, because I really loved having a roll on again, but I can't think of an alternative.  Any suggestions?

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Are you sure it is the coconut that is doing it?  Because I currently use the same stuff you are using, but prior to that I had tried just dusting straight baking soda on my pits.  The straight baking soda worked great but it irritated my pits so much that they became seriously raw and I had to drop it.  I have been using the coconut/baking soda/cornstarch stuff and it works fine, I had just a little irritation at first but it didn't last.  Just throwing that out there.

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I've used baking soda before without irritation, so I don't think that's it, but you never know. 

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Sorry, I don't have an answer, I'm just replying because I'm very interested in changing over to a natural deoderant and if I can make my own so much the better.  Can you all point me in the direction of a good recipe or resources?  Thanks so much!


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THe recipe I made that I love is:  melt 1/4c coconut oil, mix in 1/4c baking soda and 1/4c cornstarch.  Pour into a container.  I used an empty tp roll and poured a little into the bottom, then set that in the fridge (make sure it's on a plate or something before you pour) for a bit to set up, then poured the remaining in.

 

Here's another recipe I may try:

 

http://www.crunchybetty.com/not-a-secret-homemade-deodorant

 

Still has coconut oil, but who knows, maybe it is the baking soda that is the issue for me.

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THe recipe I made that I love is:  melt 1/4c coconut oil, mix in 1/4c baking soda and 1/4c cornstarch.  Pour into a container.  I used an empty tp roll and poured a little into the bottom, then set that in the fridge (make sure it's on a plate or something before you pour) for a bit to set up, then poured the remaining in.

 

Here's another recipe I may try:

 

http://www.crunchybetty.com/not-a-secret-homemade-deodorant

 

Still has coconut oil, but who knows, maybe it is the baking soda that is the issue for me.


Thanks!
 

 


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Here is one that doesn't have coconut oil: http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/07/homemade-deodor.html

I do find I get a rash from the baking soda though- going to try it with less soda next time....


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I agree, it may be the baking soda... i found puting equal parts of baking soda and corn starch is still too much baking soda for my sensitive skin... i do one part baking soda to two parts corn starch now and it works much better.  too much baking soda was eating away at my skin, it was itchy and raw. 


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Any type of natural solid oil/butter works. I have used mango butter before and right now I am using cocoa butter. However I avoid baking soda at all costs because it causes a rash. Instead I use a little bentonite clay and corn starch. You can also combine different oils/butters to get a texture you prefer.


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