Upon moving here from the States, I was worried that I would have a hard time adjusting to the high humidity in Singapore. After 3 years of living here, I still think that I perspire more than those native to this area. I didn’t want to be the “stinky” person on the train that British expat Anton Casey described, but after searching through many personal care shops including Guardian and Watsons, I could not find antiperspirant that was free of aluminum and parabens. So I decided to make my own.
As with most of my homemade cleaners, I get all my ingredients from Mustafa Centre. For the base, I use pure 100% coconut oil found in the hair care section. It’s a cheaper alternative ($3.90 for 500mL) than using one that is specifically sold for cooking purposes (around $25 for 500mL), although the hair coconut oil that I get does say it is “edible”.
In a small bowl, I mix
- equal amounts of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and a starch (corn starch or potato starch)
- coconut oil, adding a little at a time while mashing the mixture with a fork until all the dry ingredients have been mixed in the desired consistency is achieved
- a few drops of plant essential oils (rose geranium, lavender, orange, etc.) to make it scented (recommended, but optional).
Then I scoop the entire mixture into an old deodorant container, and let it set in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes (for the coconut oil to harden a bit) before it’s ready to use.
I’ve been using this deodorant for 3 years now, and so far, I haven’t had any strange comments or looks from others, not even my husband. Though, I’ve never passed the ultimate test, which is to sit on a train next to Anton Casey…. when/if that happens, I’ll update you again…