Natural alternatives for home cleaning, beauty and health products have become a recent passion of mine.  I had thought for quite a while that using processed deodorants and antiperspirants were not the best choice for me and my family so I went on a search for a natural alternative.  

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I found many recipes online and tried a few but found this one has worked the best of all that I tried and can be made in just a matter of a few minutes for less than $1.00. My first batch is still in use (over 2 months) and is not even half of the way gone yet.  I love that I can customize the scent for each family member and that it can  be reapplied throughout the day if desired.  

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 Ingredients:

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6 tablespoons coconut oil 

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup arrowroot powder 

a few drops of essential oil ~ I use lavender for my underarm deodorant but other scents for my sons and husband

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Mix the arrowroot powder and baking soda together.

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Next, add the coconut oil.

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Continue mixing until everything is well blended and then add your essential oil if desired.  

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You can place your deodorant into a small container with a lid to keep it nice and fresh.  I used a Ball Mason Jar for ours ~ these little half pint ones are the perfect size.  

This deodorant is great ~ it doesn’t leave a nasty white mark on clothing (as long as you are careful when you put it on) and it washes out of clothes easily with no residue.  It is a win-win for us and I plan on continuing to make it going forward.  

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If you share my desire to switch over to natural homemade beauty and household products you’ll find a lot more to like by checking out the links below ~ a group of bloggers joined together to razzle dazzle you with a showcase of inspiration!

Please be sure to visit the following blogs for the 
Homemade Beauty and Household Products Showcase:
 
Friday, January 24th
The Everyday Home-Homemade Fabric Softener and “Febreze”
Sondra Lyn at Home-Coconut Sugar Scrub
Mom Home Guide-Lemon Orange Microwave Cleaner
 
Saturday, January 25th
On the Way Home-Lavender Water
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