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Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

By Ready Expert
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Making your own deodorant is a great way to save money and become more self-sufficient. Instead of paying a couple dollars for a stick of deodorant at the store, you can spend pennies and make your own at home that works just as well.

Follow the directions below for recipes on homemade deodorant in a stick or spray bottle. Hopefully, they keep you fresh and smelling clean!

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
• 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
How to make your own deodorant• 1 ½ Tbl Beeswax Pellets
• 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
• A Double Boiler
• Empty Deodorant Tube

1. Add coconut oil and beeswax pellets into a small saucepan
2. Slowly melt the contents over very low heat.
3. While the contents are slowly melting, be sure that your old deodorant tube is empty and washed out.
3. Once the contents are melted, remove from heat and add baking soda and corn starch. Mix with spoon until smooth and creamy.
4. Add essential oils or scents as desired at this point and mix well.
5. Pour the mixture into the old deodorant tube and allow to settle and solidify.

No Heat Required Homemade Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 6 Tbl Coconut Oil
• 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
• 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
• Glass Jar

1. Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
2. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until it’s mixed well.
3. Add oils or scents as desired.
4. Store in a small glass jar or old deodorant tube if you prefer.

Spray-On Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
• 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
• 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1. Add all contents into a spray bottle and shake well before use.

Tips for Homemade Deodorant Use

Give it a few days. You’ve probably been using chemically-packed deodorants for years. Give it a few days for your body to adjust to the less-harsh homemade deodorant.

If it’s too itchy? If you have very sensitive skin, you may notice that the homemade deodorant is itchy at times. If that’s the case, ease up on the baking soda in your recipes. Instead, add a little more cornstarch to the equation. By adding less baking soda, the deodorant will become less cakey and won’t be as itchy.

What advice do you have? Comment below to give us your advice and how homemade deodorants have been for you.

11 years ago
11 years ago at 7:52 AM
Your body needs to sweat, it's how it regulates temperature! Anti perspirants are chemically made, I'm not aware of a natural one. Adding an essential oil that is naturally anti microbial, and or anti- fungal will kill smell, also coconut oil is anti microbial & fungal! Other good oils for this purpose; lavender, peppermint, oregano (although a little strong for deodarent) also lemongrass, bees balm. Those are the ones that come to mind, I'm sure there is more!
David March
9 years ago at 6:26 PM
I've seen ROCK SALT LUMPS marketed as anti-perspirants. Might be hard on the clothing...
11 years ago at 9:11 AM
I have found that using diaper rash cream with the zinc oxide works great as a long term deodorant if you are out camping. It lasts for as long as it is still on your skin.
11 years ago at 9:33 AM
Sherri, commercial antiperspirants use aluminum to block your pores to stop you from sweating, besides the fact that we need to sweat (blocking your pores is never a good practice), the aluminum is toxic to your body and brain. I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to increase my chances of getting Alzheimer's just so that my armpits can stay dry... When I stopped using antiperspirant and went to a natural deodorant, the first few days felt strange, I wasn't used to feeling moisture in my armpits, but now I don't even notice. When I walk through the grocery store and see the commercial deodorants and antiperspirants, I look at them with disdain knowing I am using something much healthier and that works just as well if not better, and costs much less. :) Wretha
11 years ago at 5:34 PM
The anti-perspirant in most commercial brands are some form of aluminum salts... alum basically. There are some thoughts that the alum that blocks your pores from sweating also works its way into your body and contributes to things like cancer (ie, it's found in breast tissue and lymph nodes). I stopped using anti-perspirant and just use deodorant now. I don't think I sweat all that much now versus before but I'm not plugging my pores with aluminum salts either.
angela grace
11 years ago at 1:59 PM
i think this is a great idea. Plus the ingredients in store bought deodorants are not healthy! Thankyou soooo much for your recipe~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11 years ago at 5:46 AM
I just want to first comment on the homemade tooth paste. I was shock after using my homemade tooth paste for a month because I have sensitive teeth and this tooth paste works excellent. I was buying seven dollar tooth paste to keep my teeth from hurting, but now I mix my ingredient together for a very small fraction of the cost of sensodyne. Now my grown son is making the same tooth paste in a mason jar. On to homemade deodorant, I will try this home remedy and get back to you.
11 years ago at 6:31 PM
If you are alergic to corn, is there an alternative to corn starch?
11 years ago at 9:00 AM
It's the aluminum zirconium in antiperspirants that has been linked to breast cancer - especially in women. Just something to keep in mind. Almost all antiperspirants contain that chemical.
10 years ago at 11:26 AM
Can you add powder milk to the deodorant and soaps to create a moisturizer. I only ask bc I add it to bath salts which really helps the skin staying smooth and helps with muscle soreness. Is there a recipe for basically forging all ingredients from the wilderness?
10 years ago at 3:59 AM
I use a brand called Lavilin. It's great. Saw a segment on Fox about a few firemen who experimented with the product and all loved it. Highly recommended.
10 years ago at 8:01 PM
I just made the recipe yesterday and added Gardenia essential oil, organic, also used organic coconut oil and organic beeswax. My pits have NEVER felt this good or smelled this great. I am allergic to store bought deodorant especially the scented kind and this is a refreshing change!!!
10 years ago at 4:35 AM
In FL we perspire greatly. Found and she gives recipes for deo. and shampoo and such. They are advertised in Etsy. Her soaps are fantastic!
10 years ago at 9:08 AM
Sdh, I've used arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch and it works great.
10 years ago at 5:48 AM
I use pure baking soda and nothing else. I get it from the health food store and make sure it doesn't have aluminum. I broke out with the brand from the grocery store, and deducted that it must be the aluminum. I put it in a bottle with a cone shaped spout screwed on to it. (sort of like the bottles that hair color comes in) and squeeze it into my hand and put it under my arms while I'm still damp after a shower. it works awesome.
6 years ago at 11:29 AM
Once you stop using store bought deodorant you will find you will sweat less, especially if you are changing your foods to more "whole" foods, meaning less altered from original. Drinking sodas and "vitamin" waters and the like all have an affect how your body sweats. People don't think about that, you are what you put in your mouth. Most people just think about what they eat, but what you drink is just as important. Gatorade has chemicals in it that force your body to sweat more. See, it does come back to sweat.