On my journey to simplify things in my life I have taken a look at what I can make. By making it myself I can eliminate all the unnecessary additives, colorants and things that don’t need to be there in the first place. Body powder was a easy switch for me.
Also, when I make my body powder, I reduce my recycling and trash by reusing a shaker. I found this salt shaker at an estate salt. It really brought back some great memories of a cabin we used to rent in the 70’s. There was a salt & pepper shaker set just like that. How neat.
This is not a recipe that I came up with, you will find it all over the internet.
Here is the basic recipe I found (the variation I use is listed below):
- 3 T Baking Soda
- 3 T Cornstarch
Mix together thoroughly. Apply as often as you need to. Use in place of deodorant and/or body powder.
I have seen this basic recipe on many blog, as well as a few variations. Many people can use the basic recipe with great results. Some people will be able to increase the amount of baking soda while others (that’s me) will have to continue to reduce the amount of baking soda until it works. I get a red itchy rash when it comes to the baking soda, so I drastically reduced the amount and found what works for me. If you do not know where you stand with baking soda, it might be best to start with the above recipe, use it for a week and see how you handle it. You will probably know within a few days if you are sensitive to the baking soda or not. If you are not, you can chose to increase the baking soda or use the basic recipe if it is working for you.
Arrowroot powder is something you can use in place of the cornstarch. I used the above original recipe 6:1 ratio with corn starch: baking soda for a long time. I now use half cornstarch and half arrow root powder. The arrowroot powder has a much smoother feel to it and I do prefer it over the cornstarch.
- 1 T Baking Soda
- 3 T Cornstarch
- 3 T Arrowroot powder
When winter comes, it brings drier days and my skin starts to dry out. I have also noticed the in the winter, even my version the body power has too much baking soda. I now just use a mixture of arrowroot powder and cornstarch in the winter.
The arrowroot powder I have is not organic. I will replace it organic when I run out.
The baking soda I buy in bulk. It is aluminum free. Aluminum is one of the ingredients that I really wanted to eliminate in the deodorant I use. When I first started making this body powder 3+ years ago, I really had to look around to find a baking soda that is aluminum free. Now you can find it quite easily in most grocery stores.
You will have a lot less waste using this powder. No more container to throw away or recycle every time you run out.
- Azure Standard – organic aluminum free baking soda
- Mountain Rose Herbs – aluminum free baking soda and arrowroot powder
Unfortunately, using this as a deodorant isn’t keeping me stink-free throughout the hot summers of South Texas. I continue to use it as a body powder with success and that is a great thing. I am still on the lookout for a deodorant recipe that works for me. I recently found a few new-to-me recipes for deodorant that I will try. Crossing my fingers that one will work for me.