My next step was to take a few of these items and make my own.
Most deodorants contain aluminum which is toxic when it enters the body. There are organic options out there but they are pricey and honestly, they don't work well. So, 2 weeks ago, the girls and I decided to try our hand at making it ourselves. (I had to wait a couple weeks to post this to make sure it really worked!)
Here's what we did:
Add 4 T. coconut oil to a small bowl
Add 1/8 cup corn starch
Add 1/8 cup of baking soda and mix these 3 ingredients very well until you have a nice paste....similar to the consistency of deodorant (sorry, that was a bit obvious, yes?)
Once you have the consistency you are looking for, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I chose to add 2-3 drops of both lavender and tea tree oil but I think I would just do tea tree for the men-folk.
Scoop it into an old deodorant container. It rolls up great and is easy to apply. And it really works! I've used it for a variety of occasions now (think: chasing after a toddler) and I love it! And, I think the cost is around $1 per container. Not too shabby.
I am working on toothpaste now. The first batch tasted like wet cardboard so I will keep experimenting and keep you posted.....