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 lavenderI’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!

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Comments

  1. says

    I have been trying “natural” deodorants for the past year and nothing has worked, but this coconut oil version is amazing! I love that it’s more of a lotion consistency than a solid, and the Shea butter is much easier on my skin than anything else I’ve tried. Thank you so much for posting this and saving me from going back to a grocery store version!

  2. karina says

    Thanks so much for sharing! I made your toothpaste recipe (added stevia) and my super-sensitive teeth hurt no longer! Commercial toothpastes were making my teeth so sensitive that even brushing made them hurt. I have been using for a week but I noticed a difference after 2 days. I don’t even mind the non-lather and salty flavor.

    Next I will try the deodorant!

  3. says

    I am curious to know about the natural deodorants effects on clothing. Since the recipe calls for Shea butter and coconut oil/butter does this present any staining issues? I’ve read from some other blogs that it does so have been apprehensive to try it out. your tthought?

    • gerbermom says

      Hi Cyn – yes, I’ve read that too but so far I haven’t seen any staining. I guess it might depend on the type of clothing – I’m mainly wearing t-shirts.

    • says

      I’ve been using this deodorant for about a month and if I let it soak into my skin for 15-20 minutes (about the time it takes to blow dry my hair and get dressed) it seems to help with the staining. I have also started dusting my underarms with a little extra cornstarch just in case – for special shirts, i.e. not t-shirts or things I just wear around the house. Hope that helps! I’m totally hooked and don’t ever want to go back to the other stuff I was using.

  4. says

    I’ve just changed to using coconut oil toothpaste, simply because I keep hearing bad things about the ingredients of regular toothpaste.

    So far, so good. Will be interesting to see if my dentist notices!

  5. bethany says

    I have been working on a deodorant recipe that works for me and will make me hubby happy as well because I would like us both to begin weeding out the chemicals. I make all of our soap and am in the works of making our own laundry detergent (not a big leap, but I am a sucker for the perfect scent.) I make our shampoo bars and am going to start making our toothpaste and dishwasher detergent as well. Making shampoo bars is fairly simple if you make soap, you can reformulate it for your hair care needs. I am teaching a class on soap-making this weekend and shampoo bars are on my list of future classes. ;0)

      • bethany says

        Hi, Stephanie,
        I like to hand mill my cold process soap, adding aloe butter, shea butter and grapeseed oil to make a nice conditioning bar. I add chamomile and honey to it for my fine Swedish hair ;0) I also make a coconut oil bar that I call my “special occasion bar”. I add rose clay to it which gives amazing volume.

        There are extensive additives and beneficial ingredients to add to shampoo bars, depending on your hair type and specific preferences. The hallmark of most of them, however, is high castor, palm, or coconut oil content. I personally prefer a high coconut, because I find castor to be drying on my scalp and it can be difficult (and expensive) to source sustainably harvested palm oil. So coconut for me! I superfat my coconut bars by at least 20% and I can tell you, they are one of the best bars I have ever used, hands down. My handmilled shampoo bars are a basic recipe that I let cure for 2-4 weeks before grating, melting, putting additives, then molding and curing for another 2-4 weeks. They are super gentle and conditioning, kind of like “Wen” in a shampoo bar.

  6. says

    I’ve been using this deodorant for more than a year now and it’s the best I’ve ever used. Mine doesn’t have shea butter in though and it sounds like a great idea for some extra moisture. I didn’t have any itchiness. I also read that some people react badly to the baking soda, but I haven’t had any problems. I also use a baking soda and coconut oil mixture to remove sticky label glue from jars.

    • gerbermom says

      The shea butter I think adds a bit more firmness to the deodorant – it doesn’t liquify like coconut oil does so I’m hoping it will keep it solid even in summer.

      • says

        Oh yes, that would be very helpful. Mine melts completely in summer. I keep it in a little jar, so it’s not really a problem, but I’m scared of travelling with it. It would suck to have everything in my bag covered in oil. I guess I could just put it in a ziplock bag though. I’m going to try the shea butter.

  7. Emily S. says

    Coconut oil is some pretty amazing stuff. I make my own deodorant using a very similar recipe of coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, beeswax and lavender oil. It works super well and I haven’t had any itchiness or irritation. I love it!

    • gerbermom says

      Next time I’m going to try arrowroot powder! I bet the lavender and the beeswax smell amazing in there :)

  8. Stephanie says

    I have made my own deodorant with a recipe very similar to yours, sans shea butter. Unfortunately, it really irritates my underarms, to the point that I haven’t used it since. I believe it to be the baking soda and have been told to maybe use less if I attempt to make it again.

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