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Homemade Deodorant Recipe – Natural, Easy, Safe & Effective!

August 23, 2011
homemade deodorant

Homemade Deodorant

Yep, it sounds totally crazy to make your homemade deodorant.  Nuts actually.  In fact you should probably only read this note if you are slightly intrigued, and not mostly disgusted.  Intrigued and into natural things.  Oh and it will help, if you already are  anti-aluminum and use a deodorant anyway (vs. using an anti-antiperspirant).

So a friend of mine made her own homemade deodorant recently and was raving about how well it worked and how easy it was to make.  I have been on a hunt for a good deodorant  [ever since the Burt’s Bees Deodorant Spray made me break out and it started to sting bad].  So I was definitely interested enough to look into this whole idea.  Why not?  And she was right – it is EASY to make.  But does it work?  That is the more important question.  Well, I have been using it all week and it has been working, but I haven’t done anything all that labor intensive.  And it is winter.  So the verdict was still out in my mind.  But then today I did T-tapp (a workout) and broke a sweat.  True test there.

And… I smell great.

I am now sold

So in case anyone else out there is looking for a natural deodorant, I thought I would share.


Homemade Deodorant Ingredients:

1/4 c. baking soda

1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot powder

4 ish Tbsp. coconut oil

10-20 drops essential oil


Mix the two powders (I used arrowroot as I had it on hand and don’t have a use for it) and the essential oils.  I used half teatree (anti bacterial) and lavender.  Then mix in 3-5 tbs. of the coconut oil until it is the right consistency.  Too little oil and it will kinda crumble when applying. Too much and it will just smush.  I used about 4.  Then clean out an empty deodorant container (making sure to save and replace that bottom tray that spins up the rod) and pack in the new stuff.  A little messy but is wipes off great, so I didn’t worry about the mess.  Set in the fridge for a few minutes to “set” and wah-lah.  You got deodorant.


side note- since coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees, I am expecting this would get soft in warm weather.  Maybe don’t just toss it in my gym bag.  I did read some that store theirs in the fridge in the summertime. But am thinking that with A/C going, that shouldn’t be necessary.  We will see.


My finished product.


Thanks Rachel For Writing This – you are my hero!

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