Homemade Deodorant: video

The reason behind using a natural or homemade deodorant are numerous, but for me it all goes back to letting the body work the way it’s supposed to. So while I do want to stay away from conventional deodorants because of aluminum, parabens, and other multiple chemicals, one of the main reasons I choose to use homemade is that it allows my body to work as God intended.

You see, when we sweat we also cleanse and detoxify. It’s a way for our body to get rid of either what it no longer needs or the toxins that lie within. Using antiperspirants we cause those natural passageways to become blocked, causing toxins to move elsewhere.

For awhile I had just been using a small amount of coconut oil with a drop of tea tree oil under my arms, and while it did work, it also didn’t last as long as I would have liked. So a few months ago I started mixing a couple more things into it. This ‘recipe’ is super easy (only 4 ingredients), frugal to make, and well loved by a lot of different bloggers and natural living enthusiasts.

Homemade Deodorant

*Recipe below

Personal Experience

I’ve been using this for a couple months now and actually like it much better than any of the ‘natural’ deodorants I’ve tried from the health food store. I’ve learned I don’t need to to use near as much (to much will start balling up under your arm) and I’ve actually begun to not only sweat less, but stink less as well when I am busy working. It also doesn’t stain my clothes.

Tips

*I like to mix mine with the coconut oil melted as I find the mixture to be more consistent that way. Just place your mixing bowl in the refrigerator or into a sink of cold water to firm it back up with in a couple minutes. If you’d rather use it in it’s solid state – feel free to do so.

*If you live in a warm climate, since coconut oil has a melting point of about 75°, you may want to put it in the refrigerator so it doesn’t melt. Another option would be to use cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil.

*You may also use another essential oils, I just use the tea tree oil as it is naturally antibacterial and will help with any odor.

*You may need to go without any type of deodorant for at least a few days when switching from a conventional deodorant to help clear out any toxins that have built up.

Homemade Deodorant
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5-10 drops tea tree oil
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix all ingredients together and press into an old deodorant container.
  2. To use, let it rest against your skin for a couple seconds to soften the coconut oil, do one slow swipe under each arm and use the palm of your hand to spread it around.

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So tell me, what type of deodorant do you use? Are you comfortable using it?

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. I might try this . . . I bought some deoderant at the health food store this weekend and it actually works! So now that Iv’e gotten over my fear that only Secret Clinical Strength will do, I might get up enough courage to make my own.

  2. I have been making my own deodorant for about a year. I love it! I have never thought to melt the coconut oil first. That would really make it easier to mix! I sometimes use tto and sometimes use lavender for the scent. Thanks for the tutorial. I don’t think I could stand to use commercial deodorant or anti-perspirant again.

  3. I loooove this recipe! I got it from another source last year and have been using it ever since. I don’t have major BO issues, but the little I do have is completely taken care of by this deoderant. The only time I went back to commercial deoderant was one time last summer when I went to a wedding and it was really important that I didn’t sweat in the dress I had on. Other than that I will never go back!
    As a side effect, having PCOS myself, I have battled with hidradentis supurrativa (nasty yucky bumps under the arms) and never found a remedy for it. After a couple months of using this deoderant it has almost (though not completely yet) gone away. Not nearly as bothersome now.

  4. Char Young says:

    I’ve been using a stone for a couple of years. Sometimes I use Tom’s. But on Sat I was a little upset to have sweat so much in a nice dress–I do live in the New Orleans area–it’s mega hot & humid! I decided yesterday to wear some of my husband’s Sure since I was dressing up again. Well, I was dry, but I actually stunk! Yuck! I hated it. So, I’m not sure what to do now. I love the stone & it works for odor, but need to have something to keep me dry for dressy occasions. Thanks for this video; I may try it!

  5. This is a great recipe. I find splashing a little diluted vinegar water under the arms also works well. Also, liquid chlorophyll taken internally does wonders for body odors of all types.

  6. I made a very similar recipe a few weeks ago. I love it so far! Thanks for your demonstration, and explaining why homemade deodorant is such a good thing.

    http://starvingstudentsurvivor.blogspot.com/2010/05/homemade-deodorant-review-part-1.html

  7. I am going to have to try this! What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing…. I’m almost out of my Dove and will save the container for this. :)

  8. I might try this . . . I bought some deoderant at the health food store this weekend and it actually works! So now that Iv’e gotten over my fear that only Secret Clinical Strength will do, I might get up enough courage to make my own.

  9. I have been using a Tom’s style for a while, and I like it. I think I would like to try this recipe, though. Does anyone have experience with their husbands trying this recipe? My DH is really attached to his clinical strength aluminum filled anti-perspirant deodorant. I will admit, even with that, he can get really sweaty and stinky…

  10. Love this recipe! I have gone back and forth with natural deodorant. I work in corporate America and can’t stink! LOL.

    Happy ICLW!
    ICLW #9
    http://ambivalentwomb.blogspot.com/

  11. I’ve been using a stone for a couple of years. Sometimes I use Tom’s. But on Sat I was a little upset to have sweat so much in a nice dress–I do live in the New Orleans area–it’s mega hot & humid! I decided yesterday to wear some of my husband’s Sure since I was dressing up again. Well, I was dry, but I actually stunk! Yuck! I hated it. So, I’m not sure what to do now. I love the stone & it works for odor, but need to have something to keep me dry for dressy occasions. Thanks for this video; I may try it!

  12. I am so excited to try this! Your recipe sounds so much more promising than the other versions I’ve found online. Thank you for posting the info and the video :)

  13. My husband has a corn allergy and we can’t use Tom’s of maine deodorant anymore because it has ascorbic acid made from corn sugar.. is there a way to make this with out cornstarch?

    donielle Reply:

    @Joelle, Yup – just use arrowroot powder!

  14. MrsTeamS says:

    Donielle-

    You mentioned that you are “sweating less” now that you use this. Why do you think that is? Does this recipe keep you from sweating?

    Thank you for the clarification. Have a blessed day!

    donielle Reply:

    @MrsTeamS, ack – sorry! i completely missed this question and now it’s a few months old. :-( So sorry!

    I think that really it just stems from the fact that my body isn’t trying to ‘sweat out’ the chemicals from conventional deodorant anymore. because as we soak things into out skin, we sweat to detoxify.

  15. Jessica Waters says:

    I have been using just plain old 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol for the last 5 years in a spray bottle and it has been PERFECT! Cheap, not toxic for you and convenient. I am also going to try this one as well.

  16. Is arrowroot powder the same as arrowroot flour/starch?

    donielle Reply:

    @Nessie, Yes, I believe so!

  17. I’ve been using just extra-virgin coconut oil for a few months and it works very well. Much better than any commercial deodorant that I could use. Anything that I can buy that actually works for me causes a rash.

  18. I have never even thought of homemade deo…I currently use Secret unscented. Hmmm. I’ll have to research this more. Thanks.

  19. I can’t use baking soda, burns my skins and leaves ugly brown scars. What could I substitute for the baking soda? Thanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @Audrey, I’d just try arrowroot powder instead. I’ve also just used coconut oil on many occasions and had good results!

  20. Does all baking soda containg aluminum if not stated otherwise. I have read mixed reviews.
    Thanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @abbey, It seems that all should be aluminum free – I’ve had a few readers call around. The one reason I mentioned it was that my package specified it, so I figured it might be important to mention. Always check ingredient labels, it would mention it if aluminum was in there. :-)

  21. Hi Donielle,
    I grew up in Louisiana, and will be returning there, so I figured I’d try this recipe with cocoa butter instead of the coconut oil, as I don’t want it to melt on me.
    I’ve tried two different types of reused deoderant containers now, and the problem I’ve had is that after a couple days or so, twisting the bottom of the container to make the deoderant move up stops working. It twists and twists, but nothing moves.
    Thoughts?
    Thanks!

  22. Green Idea Reviews has reviewed your home-made deodorant!
    http://www.greenideareviews.com/?p=59

  23. Did you know that coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties? Another great option that smells slightly less medicinal is the four thieves blend of essential oils; clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus.

    I use coconut oil on my skin for my psoriasis and just let it melt in, since body heat is enough to liquefy it I wouldn’t worry about the heat from the environment melting it – it’s going to be melted anyway.

    What are the baking soda and cornstarch for?

    Good idea on letting your underarms breathe for a few days, I know when I stopped using conventional deodorant I definitely had to let them detox for a few days! Not pretty, but nothing soap and water didn’t fix.

    A random observation that may or may not have any substance to it; I notice I smell bad or not depending on what other products I use, for example I had to stop using shaving cream because they all made me smell bad by lunchtime. A regular natural soap lather leaves me clean and fresh all day.

    donielle Reply:

    @Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen, Yes! I used to use more coconut oil in my deodorant, but it melts in the summer, so now I use more cocoa butter.

    The baking soda is for help with body odor and the corn starch/arrowroot is to thicken so that you can apply it like regular deodorant.

  24. I was told recently to slice a lime in half and swipe it under your arms… It actually works great! I was so surprised (I live in AZ). It is also supposed to help with dark spots.

    donielle Reply:

    @Eryn, So cool! How long do you use the same lime?

    Eryn Reply:

    @donielle, A few days to a week depending on how juicey the lime is. Once its dried out toss it. You can keep it in a baggie or container to make it last a little longer.
    Great blog btw. I stumbled upon it looking for a black beam brownie recipe for my diabetic daughter (3 yrs)

  25. My hubby and I have been making and using Colorado PitStik. It works great, smells wonderful and won the Healthier Alternative Trustworthy Brands Seal of Approval from TheSoftLanding.com!! Made with 5 natural ingredients and NO aluminum or parabens, you can even customize the scent with your favorite perfume or cologne. Look for it on Etsy and love it as much as we do!!!

  26. Rachel B. says:

    I use men’s arm and hammer naturals, it really works great and is pretty cheap, I have tried many different natural deodorants and they haven’t worked well for me, I had to apply it several times a day and I still stunk. A couple of years ago now I started to have a allergic reaction to regular deodorants and had to try many naturals before I found one that worked. For a while I was buying some home made stuff from my chiropractor office, but it was a little pricy, I was ok with that until I went to but it the one time and they didn’t have any and I had to go to the store and get other natural deodorants and just stumbled upon the arm and hamer one after staring at all the deodorants, so I bought two kinds that day and I liked the arm and hammer one the best the other one I had tried before and really didn’t like. The arm and hammer one doesn’t leave the waxy feel or clumps either.

  27. could I please ask the inventor of this deodorant recipe to invent a deodorant recipe without baking soda I have extremely sensitive skin and I desperately need a deodorant recipe I have been trying to come out with something on my own I just can’t seem to be able to I need some help please Help me

    Donielle Reply:

    Just try using extra arrowroot powder in place of the baking soda. I would also try using a tea tree or lavender essential oil then to help kill bacteria.

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