Upon moving here from the States, I had a hard time adjusting to the high humidity in Singapore. And after 3 years of living here, I feel that I still perspire more than the locals. I don’t want to be the “stinky person” on the train that British expat Anton Casey wrote about. But I also don’t want to use aluminum- or paraben-containing antiperspirants, which are the only kinds Guardian and Watsons carry. So I decided to make my own.
As with most of my homemade personal care products, I get 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). I’m really not sure what the difference is, because both (even the hair care one) are labelled “edible”.
Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
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 the desired consistency is achieved;
- a few drops of plant essential oils (rose geranium, lavender, orange, etc.) to make it scented (optional).
Then I scoop the entire mixture into an old deodorant container, and let it set in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. The coconut oil will harden a bit, and then it’s ready to use.
I’ve been using this deodorant for 3 years. 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…