The Malignant Ginger

I'm Jojogingerhead, a 31 year old artist & musician based in Brighton (UK) satirically documenting the highs and lows of my secondary triple negative breast cancer diagnosis. Trying to see the light in a dark and scary situation without using the words fight, battle, journey or survivor.

Hippystink (my attempt at homemade deodorant)

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Pour into jar.

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After reading a lot of articles and research whilst being bed bound on chemo, one of my goals is to become a lot more conscious of the environment and use natural products where I can, one of these being deodorant. There have been many stories in the media that link parabens and chemicals found in some deodorants to breast cancer, although as far as I know, there is no conclusive scientific research (please correct me if I am wrong). Out of everything I have read, I found this article on the matter most useful, I would be very interested to see anything published more recently.


Anyhow, I thought it can’t do any harm to have a go at making my own deodorant, it will give me something to do (I love making stuff) and it is very cost effective as you only need a pea sized amount for each armpit. I have been wearing it for a week now and am pleased to say that I smell fresh as a daisy. I have named my handmade deodorant HIPPYSTINK, see below for instructions on how to make it! I think my new found motto is going to be: if I can’t eat it then I’m not rubbing it on my body.



  • 3 tablespoons of raw coconut oil (I like to use Biona)
  • 3 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of pure unrefined shea butter (I like to use Laughing Bird)
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
  • optional essential oil of your choice (I like to use tea tree oil and patchuli)


Boil a pan of water on stove and place a bowl or jug inside. Heat the coconut oil and shea butter in the bowl till it melts together then add in the powders and essential oils. Pour into a screw top container and leave to cool.


Next on the list is to try and make body moisturiser, I will be posting the results on here shortly. Smell you laterz!


  1. Nicola Halsall
    December 23, 2014

    I’ve been using mine a few days now and so far on really impressed. I certainly think I’ll be choking up my own batch very soon. Thanks again jojo x

      December 24, 2014

      So glad you’re impressed! I will never go back to deodorant again! Next time I think I might add some Lavender essential oil…

  2. helen
    December 12, 2014

    Is it soft do you just scoop some out of the jar and use it?

      December 21, 2014

      Hi Helen, you just scoop a little out on your finger, a pea sized amount and rub it into armpit like a cream!

    December 2, 2014

    Hi Nicole, did you mean how long does each application of deodorant last for? I only put it on once a day in the morning and it lasts all day, I don’t sweat a lot though, although that may change after starting Tamoxifen!

    • Nicole
      December 2, 2014

      Ah no, I meant how long does a batch last – does it have a use by period? Also, how/where do you store it?

        December 2, 2014

        I just store it in a reused jam jar, doesn’t need to go in fridge or anything. Coconut oil lasts for ages but the shea butter had a best before November 2015 label on it so I would say it lasts at least a year 🙂

        • Nicole
          December 3, 2014

          Ah brilliant, thanks very much! I will definitely give this a go soon.

  4. Nicole
    December 2, 2014

    Interesting! I do worry a little about chemicals in deodorants. How long does this last?

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