Thursday, February 27, 2014


Okay, so this is not exactly a food recipe.  Although, technically, everything in it is edible.  But not tasty.

I have a bit of a sweating problem and I thought it was just something I was going to have to live with because no deodorant in the store does anything to take care of it.  But then, my friend told me she has the same problem and she told me she makes her own deodorant from coconut oil and that it has solved her woes.

And then her husband piped up from the background that this stuff really works.

And I was sold.

Coconut Oil Deodorant

1/3 C. coconut oil
1/4 C. baking soda
1/4 C. arrowroot powder
4 T cornstarch
Essential oils, optional

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Use a pastry blender, or a fork to incorporate the coconut oil.  I used regular coconut oil which is solid at room temperature, so I had to soften mine a bit in the microwave first.  Apparently, my friend uses extra virgin coconut oil and I think that's a little softer.  Then add in a few drops of essential oil, if you want and mix in.  I used Citrus Bliss.

So, now my underarms smell like an orange julius.

I put mine in a small mason jar, but we keep it in our bathroom which is the coldest place in our house (if you want to know more on this, ask Blake.  He loves to explain to me why this is so.), and so the mixture is really firm.  Pretty much like the consistency of normal deodorant.

So, in hindsight, I wish I'd just emptied out an old deodorant container and put this in it.  I'll do that next time.  Which will probably be in about a year because a little of this stuff goes a long way.  In the meantime, I scrape it off with my pinky nail, soften it between my fingers, and then spread it on.  I'm pretty sure the ladies in the locker room at the gym think I'm quite strange.

I don't care.  At least I am no longer smelly.


  1. where do i get arrowroot powder?

  2. Meg-if it's the same thing as arrowroot flour, then you can find it in any gluten-free section of a grocery store or healthfoods store. Do you guys know where I can find coconut oil?

  3. Meg, yeah, I just picked up arrowroot flour. Bob's Red Mill. And it was in our gluten free section.

    Amy, coconut oil is sometimes just with other oils, or if you have a "health" section in your store, it might be there. It's a trendy oil right now, so I'm sure it's in your grocery store.

  4. mmmm I will look for arrowroot flour here but I bet you my chances are pretty slim.
    I do have a question, how does it affect the clothes? I have a problem of yellow on the armpits of my clothes if the fabric is very synthetic and tight around my arms.

  5. and what are you all going to do with the rest of your arrowroot flour?

    1. Find a celiac and cook for them!!