2 More Amazing Coconut Oil Uses – Toothpaste + Deodorant!

DIY natural deodorant toothpaste Recently I admitted to my sister that I had concocted my own deodorant. After avoiding that little confession for several weeks, I finally caved because I was a dying to talk about my amazingly fresh pits. As expected, she totally freaked out. What is it about venturing into the land of DIY deodorant that instantly puts you in the ‘has she gone totally crazy?!’ territory? Call me crazy then because this is one of the best homemade secrets I’ve tried.

Lavender Coconut Deodorant

DIY natural deodorant lavender I’ve been using the natural stuff for several weeks, and here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • The first few days your pits will itch like crazy. Apparently this is them getting used to not having the usual chemicals.
  • The smell is awesome. As a big coconut fan already I love the tropical-y smell combined with my favorite essential oils. I do the sniff test every so often because I’m still paranoid about BO and have yet to smell anything really appalling. By nighttime the smell has usually worn off but nothing is stinky.
  • Yes, I still sweat on occasion. But it’s far less than I expected. I was worried about lots of sweating since natural deodorants don’t have antiperspirant, but it has not been an issue at all. And when I do sweat, it’s not accompanied by terrible BO.

DIY natural deodorant ingredients Lavender Coconut Deodorant

To make your own you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (you can also use arrowroot powder)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • Essential oils (I used 2 drops lavender, 2 drops jasmine and 2 drops eucalyptus)

Melt the coconut oil and shea butter together over low heat. Stir in the baking soda, corn starch/arrowroot and essential oils and pour into a small jar with a lid. You’ll be amazed at how well this solidifies. I apply it with my fingers but it would be super easy to use as a bar as well.

Apparently after a few months of use the baking soda can mess up your underarm pH – you’ll know this has happened if you get the crazy itchiness again. According to Crunchy Betty, swabbing with apple cider vinegar before applying the deodorant will correct the pH.

Minty Coconut Toothpaste

DIY natural coconut oil toothpaste - Henryhappened.com Now on to toothpaste! This one was an easier switch for me – at least mentally. In practice, though, I’ve found it much harder to adjust to. One of the reasons is that I love brushing my teeth (weird, but true). So I brush 3-4 times a day. Usually for a looong time. My OCD brushing habits were the major reason I wanted to switch to something natural. How much of that stuff am I ingesting with all that crazy brushing?

Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • It’s much harder to brush for long periods of time. The toothpaste gets very liquid-y and doesn’t foam like regular toothpastes so you can’t keep working it around for more than about 45 seconds. So if you want to brush longer, you’ll need to apply the toothpaste again.
  • It tastes good! Again, I’m a coconut fan so if you can cover up the baking soda, you won’t mind the taste at all. And the mint will make your breath nice and fresh.
  • A nice side benefit is that you’ll inevitably get coconut oil on your lips. I used to always have to apply lip balm after brushing my teeth but now they’re nice and soft at the end of brushing.

DIY natural toothpaste ingredients Minty Coconut Toothpaste

You’ll need:

Warm the coconut oil if solid as I think it’s easier to mix everything together with the liquid. Stir in the baking soda and essential oil and store in a sealed container. If you still don’t like the taste or you’re trying to get your kids on board, then adding a bit of stevia really helps.

DIY deodorant+toothpaste Have you tried making your own toothpaste or deodorant? How has it gone? A natural shampoo is next on my list – so far I’ve tried and failed with two recipes. I have a feeling that one will be the hardest change yet!

Stephanie

chases 3 small kids and edits Hello Natural


Comments

  1. Bea says

    Hi, I just found this post and thought I’d share my own deodorant recipe. I’ve been using this for years and because the concentration of baking soda is not that high, I’ve never had problems with irritation. I think the high amount of Aloe Vera helps condition and soothe the skin also.

    The recipe is based on a natural deodorant that I had purchased; after trying many, this one finally worked for me and the ingredients were so simple, I figured I’d just make my own! I made this guide a few years ago now: http://snapguide.com/guides/make-natural-underarm-deodorant-roll-on/

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