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homemade deodorant

Posted on April 23rd, 2012  |  34 Comments

I made my own deodorant yesterday. 

It took about 5 minutes.

It’s toxin free.

It made me smile (and smell good.)

We’re exposed to enough unwanted chemicals as it is, why not take control when we can.

To find out more about what you’re putting in and on your body check out the Environmental Working Group’s website. Loads of really good info there.

RECIPE UPDATED: I’ve been using this for a few months now and LOVE it, but recently felt it wasn’t strong enough (I’ve started working-out) so I give myself a dust – with my hand dandy blush brush – of baking soda on top. Works wonders! If you don’t have a spare blush brush, your hands with do just fine. I apply a light coat and then flap my arms (like a chicken) to get the excess off. Any residue seems to come off easily with a good wipe. 

To make your own super duper easy homemade deodorant you’ll need: (makes ~1/4 c. – lasts at least 1 month)

*2 Tbsp coconut oil, (I used organic unrefined extra virgin coconut oil)

*2 Tbsp baking soda

*2 Tbsp arrowroot

*10 drops essential oil of your choice (except for citrus varieties I used Eucalyptus and love it!)

~Combine everything in a medium bowl and stir to combine

~Transfer to a small seal-able container and store in the fridge (especially in warm weather areas- though here in California I’ve keep it out more often, no biggie)

~To use just apply a pea sized amount

~Using a spare blush brush, or your hands, dust a light layer of baking soda on top of the smeared oil mixture. Flap arms to remove excess. Laugh at yourself. Smile, because you’re doing something good for yourself. :)

And yes it works. :)

Give it a try, let me know what you think.

Have a nice smelling Monday!


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34 Responses

  1. Rubes says:

    Nice website u got.

  2. Carol says:

    You have a picture of baking soda, but in the recipe you say baking powder. Which is it?

  3. kelly says:

    I’ve been spritzing with apple cider vinegar (with essential oil added) and then powdering with a mixture of cornstarch baby powder and baking soda for over a year now and it WORKS!! I love the change and the savings. AND my clothes no longer have any leftover odor like they used to. The color under my arms is back to normal. It used to be really dark and embarrassing. For me, going natural was a really good change to make.

  4. Baking soda really has wonders, doesn’t it? :) It doesn’t at all stain clothes? I have tried that vinegar and baking soda but it really didn’t work for me. My pits don’t have that bad odor but it really is sweaty, so I was looking for a natural way to whiten and stop sweat.

    • lafig says:

      i haven’t had a problem staining any clothes, but I wasn’t putting on loads of the baking soda. Mixed with the coconut oil I haven’t had any stain issues either, i do wait a few secs before putting on my shirt, as with any deodorant. not sure how to curb the sweating though… it’s good for you!

  5. Ashley says:

    This is awesome!! I keep reading about how easy and healthy it is to make homemade deodorant, and yours sounds the best! I love, love, love eucalyptus and coconut oil.

    • lafig says:

      Thank you! I had been thinking about making it for a while and finally took the plunge.. so glad I did… especially with the Eucalyptus oil, I’m really loving the scent.

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  7. Sara says:

    This might a couple dumb questions, but when you use the coconut oil do you melt it first and stir it in or do you just scoop it out of the jar and mix it? (sorry, having an uncaffinated blonde moment) And is there any reason you wouldn’t use citrus oils? Would it cause a reaction on the skin or something?

    • lafig says:

      Totally not dumb questions at all! For the deodorant I did not melt the coconut oil, it’s just mixed with the baking sofa, arrowroot and essential oils at it’s solid state. As for the citrus oils, while researching making this I read that citrus oils (as well as cornstarch) could accelerate bacterial growth- so I figured it’d be best to avoid them in the recipe. Hope this helps!

      • Amanda says:

        Also, several citrus oils are phototoxic – using them then being out in the sun (especially in sunny CA!) could cause severe burning.

  8. Sara says:

    Oh! Good to know! I would never have thought it would do that. Thanks for the info! I’m SO trying this recipe!

  9. Erin Martin says:

    What is arrowroot and where would I buy it?

    • lafig says:

      It’s a starch thickener, it’s gluten free and pretty much interchangable with cornstarch, but specifically for the deodorant I read to use arrowroot as it may deter bacterial/yeast/smelly growth better than the cornstarch. I bought mine at Whole Foods, but I bet you could find it at any health food store. Hope that helps!

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  11. dragongirl46 says:

    So I have done this with a lavender essential oil and i love it, only problem is i think its actually drying my armpits out as they are now red and itchy… any thoughts or suggestions so i dont have to go back to my “regular” deoderant?

    • talkingkadmin says:

      I experienced this problem initially also, after a few days of avoiding freshly shaven pits and taking a day or two off, it went away. I also tried really hard not to itch, as it can make it worse. Now I don’t have it at all, and I avoid rubbing or itching so it won’t come back… hope that helps! If needbe maybe just use the ‘regular’ for a day or two if taking a day off isn’t your preferred method. :)

      • dragongirl46 says:

        Thanks i’ll try taking a couple days off, does extra moisturizer work or help?

        • Chrissie says:

          When I go to sleep at night I smear a bit of coconut oil under my arms and that has helped my dry skin a lot. I also use it during the day. I put it on first THEN I put on my deodorant. Homemade or store bought. My skin absorbs it and I have no “oily” residue. I just have dry skin.

  12. Chrissie says:

    I just tried this recipe yesterday. I did tweak it a tiny bit. I melted the coconut oil and plopped in a few raw cocoa butter shards while the coconut oil melted. I have super dry skin and thought this might help. I added tea tree oil and lavender oil for their natural antibacterial properties along with a little bit of vitamin E oil.

    It does leave a white powder under my arms that I’m not crazy about. But this does seem to do the trick, not sweating, not smelling. :)

    At night, I use coconut oil under my arms and the dark or discolored skin has gone away (which I had b/c I overused clinical strength store bought deodorant). So all in all – I love my homemade deodorant.

    • talkingkadmin says:

      I also find a bit more coconut oil seems to help the white powder effect, especially when the deodorant has melted, as it did on out recent trip. Thanks for all the input :)

  13. Ingrid says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!
    You said that to apply the baking soda “If you don’t have a spare blush brush…” then flap my arms (like a chicken) to get the excess off. At least you don’t say ” to put it in a paper bag, wave it around your head, and scream like a chicken!” (Dick Van Dyke: Impractical Joke)

  14. Ruby says:

    This is so awesome, thanks so much for posting this. I’m on a mission to expunge my household of chemicals and whatnot… admittedly mostly because I’m the biggest skinflint you will ever meet, but on a side note also because chemicals are dreadful and I really don’t like the idea of pouring more chemicals into my body. Did you ever think about this: I smell Windex / Lemon Pine Sol / Dawn / insert-whatever-household-cleaner-name-here, and I think, “Oh, that smells good.” My cat gets one whiff of it and backs away and looks at me through slitted eyes as if to say, “You nuts?!” It’s because fragrances mask the chemical smells that should make us shout, “Pfui deibel!”, but animals have better senses of smell than humans and know better than to breathe those fumes. Consider off-brand Windex – no fragrances there; smells like ammonia – which is what it is – but come on, nobody likes to breathe that stuff.

    Sorry, long rant over.

    If that was my rant about chemicals, which is the secondary reason for me getting rid of cleaners, then you can probably just imagine how much longer of a rant I could go on about saving money.

    I’m so excited to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    • talkingkadmin says:

      Love it! Glad I could share!

      • Ruby says:

        Follow-up to my previous post:

        This Stuff Works Great.

        I admit to not having found the Arrowroot… but I made it otherwise as directed, and heartily give three thumbs-up to your recipe. I was truly surprised that it worked so well – and totally glad that it did. Am four days in with continued use of this; it only needs application once a day, not twice (and I even had an evening of helping my cousin clean house); it doesn’t get attached to my clothes and retain scent (which was what stick deodorant did, and not in a good way!); and it survived a meeting with a JCAHO surveyor in my clinic, with me coming out smelling like – well, bergamot. And I’m a sweater.

        Recipe = highly recommended.

        Thanks a ton!

  15. Veronica says:

    Could you use coconut oil in liquid form rather than solid?

  16. Katie says:

    Can I use baking powder verses baking soda. I accidentally grabbed aluminum free baking powder instead of soda. Same dif?

    • talkingkadmin says:

      umm I am not sure.. I know you can substitute the two when baking cookies but I think you will need the baking soda for the deodorant to work properly. maybe try it out?

  17. AnnA says:

    It’s not working :-(
    In fact i’ve never had such a wet t-shirt at work before.

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