4 ingredients, 5 minutes = fantastic deo

It’s easy to put things off. I do it all the time. But you know what, if I’ve learnt anything recently, it’s this: Just do it.

We often put off doing or changing things for fear of the unknown; and in the process, we often pile up obstacles as to why change won’t work. Usually, however, if we just do whatever we are thinking of doing, instead of worrying about why we can’t possibly do it, we find that actually, it’s easier than we anticipated.

Usually, there are receptive ears/workable solutions on the other end; usually the other party involved (if there is one) sees the issue from a less emotional perspective than we do, and often has solutions we hadn’t even thought of.

This is a long and meandering way of telling you to go and make deodorant. Right now!

Indeed, FIVE years ago, I stumbled upon the wonderful blog, Trash is for Tossers by Lauren Singer, where she offered up zero waste* alternatives for many things. For FIVE years, I’ve been meaning to make a lot of these. I got around to the first lot – deodorant and body cream – precisely seven days ago. And now I’m annoyed, because not only did it literally take minutes, but the results are so much more effective than my shop bought counterparts.

So, onto the information you actually clicked on this post for:


  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. of arrowroot powder(or cornstarch)
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda**
  • A few drops of essential oil (recommended: lemongrass)

Melt all but the essential oil over a water boiler (pan placed over a separate pan of boiling water). Add a few drops (up to 10) of the essential oil. Mix. Pour into a jar and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

That’s literally it. Now go ahead and smear under your arms!

Read on for general tips on reducing waste in the bathroom

* This is not a cradle to cradle solution, whereby we move beyond zero waste to a place where waste is not waste, but actually something of value. However, until I (or you) discover one, homemade or natural shop bought solutions are a good alternative. We should not, however, stop in our quest to find/ask for/design products that have been developed to benefit ourselves and the world around us. That goes as much for the product itself as it does for the packaging and associated manufacturing processes, environmental and economical impacts, and working conditions.

** If you find baking soda to be an irritant, due to its being more alkaline than your armpits, try using slightly less of it. Other recipes for natural deodorant use clay, charcoal, or beeswax, if you’d rather avoid it altogether.


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