11 ways to make your own deodorant

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I never imagined I would write a post about making your own deodorant. Let alone that I would actually do it myself.

I have always loved the idea of DIY beauty products, but I never really trusted them or I thought they would be a huge pain in the petuti to make. This Christmas I dove in head first and made natural beauty kits as my gift of choice based on the strategy laid out by one of my favorite bloggers, Homemade Mommy. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought, and now I’m stocked up on lip balm, lotion bars, and bath salts from the extras I made.

It’s no secret that what we put on our skin absorbs into our bodies. Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly moving to topical creams because the skin is so efficient at absorbing whatever is put on it. This is good news when you want something absorbed quickly, and bad news when you consider the chemical concoctions that make up most of our body care products. (Yes, even the “natural” and organic ones are frighteningly unnatural. Try reading – and interpreting – those labels! They make food labels seem downright simple.)

And so, piece by piece, I’m slowly transitioning what’s in my bathroom from standard fare to DIY versions – some made by yours truly, others made by local artisans I know from farmers’ markets around town.

The next frontier for me is deodorant. I hate to be stinky AND I’m incredibly leery of slathering chemicals in my armpits to either prevent perspiration (never a good idea – this is a key detoxification pathway we don’t want clogged) or to make me smell “fresher” (by a smell concocted in a lab?) Filled with aluminum, parabens, propelyne glycol, and phthalates (all of which have been linked to different health conditions), deodorants were top of my list to replace with natural options.

I reached out to my tried and trusted fellow bloggers for their top recipes for DIY deodorant, and am thrilled to share their recipes.

There’s a little something for everyone in here! I can hardly wait to try them out…

Update! It’s even easier and more effective than I imagined

I wrote this post originally almost two months ago, wanting to inspire myself to finally make my own deodorant. I even let the stuff I had been using run out, and didn’t replace it… It was a stinky month.

And finally, FINALLY, I tried it, and was amazed at how easy it was to make (if I went slowly it might have taken a whole 2 minutes) and how well the final product actually worked! Yes, I’ll admit it… I worried that I’d go to all this effort and still be stinky.

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Here’s what I did (based heavily on recipe #2 from the Holistic Health Herbalist). I combined:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
4 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
and 24 drop drops of Immune Support oil

Stir them up, put them in a mason jar, and voila! Deodorant. The baking soda and arrowroot powder soak up moisture. The coconut oil is beautifully soothing and is a natural anti-bacterial. The Immune Support oil smells amazing, and is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-septic, and anti-bacterial.

And the bottom line? It WORKS. My first day I rubbed the teeniest bit under my armpits (careful to cover the whole area but really, a little goes a LONG way), and was out all day sweating in the sun – hiking, with baby, etc. At the very end of the day, just before bed, I did a smell test (even had my ever-willing husband smell as well). Nothing. No odor, no stink, not even a hint of a smell. I was amazed. And hooked. I’ll never buy deodorant again.

Here are 11 recipes to get you started:

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1. The Coconut Mama’s Coconut Oil Deodorant




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2. Holistic Health Herbalist’s Homemade Four Thieves Coconut Oil Deodorant




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3. Butter Nutrition’s All Natural Homemade Deodorant




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4. Oh Lardy’s Homemade

Deodorant for Sensitive Skin




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5. Homemade Mommy’s Easy Non-toxic DIY Deodorant for Sensitive Skin




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6. Thank your Body’s Homemade Deodorant




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7. Leons Beauty Tips and Secrets’ DIY Refreshing Citrus Deodorant Recipe




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8. The Sweet Plantain’s Easiest and Most Effective Homemade Deodorant



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9. Whistle Pig Hollow’s Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin



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10. The Crunchy Moose’s Homemade Deodorant




from the ground up

11. Life from the Ground Up Natural Coconut Oil Deodorant At Home




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  1. Silks'n'sweets

    January 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Been making/using my own deodorant for about 6 months now – total convert! Much as I love to ‘play’ with recipes in cooking & baking, I enjoy ‘playing’ with scents, different oils and also shapes. 🙂 Also use oil for cleansing my face, honey as a face wash, and make my own lip balm, body lotion bars and whipped body butter. I certainly have noticed a huge difference in quality of my skin!

  2. Tara Pantera

    January 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I used the recipe from Scratch Mommy…It has a LOT in it (I add baking soda because I’m not sensitive to it), and it’s my absolute favorite! I also made whipped body butter for the first time this weekend…oh, MAN, I wish I’d known about that years ago!

    • Wally Cavero

      January 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Tara post a recipe for the whipped butter I’m doing to try make one but I’m scared!

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  5. Rachel

    August 14, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Help! I tried the recipe listed above but it didn’t solidify!! I do live in the tropics in Asia….does anyone have any suggestions on how I can make it work for me? If I add more arrowroot powder and/or baking soda will that change it too much? I’m thinking I might need to double those 2 things in this!!!

    • Margaret Floyd

      August 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Hi Rachel. Yes, the coconut oil will stay liquid at room temperature in warm climates. You can increase the amounts of the arrowroot and baking soda, but do so gradually. I actually like it a little liquid myself… it doesn’t change its effectiveness at all – it just makes it easier to apply.

      • Rachel

        August 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        Thanks! I will try that!

    • Sydney

      January 3, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Keep your deodorant in your refrigerator instead of adding more product bc it can irritate you skin if you add too much baking soda.

  6. Kristan

    May 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I made the deodorant listed above, with thieves oil, arrowroot, baking soda, and coconut oil. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks, only noticing sensitivity after I’d just shaved. This weekend I traveled by plane and was nervous to travel with it to I packed some travel size Dove deodorant. Now under 1 arm I have some very painful knots and bumps. I don’t know which deodorant caused it, and what to do now? Any ideas?

    • Margaret Floyd

      May 6, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Rule of thumb: don’t apply any deodorant (homemade or otherwise) immediately after shaving. Best scenario is to shave before going to bed, and apply deodorant in the morning. My guess in this scenario that it’s the Dove that caused the irritation, but you’d need to play around with it to see. Some folks find sensitivities to the arrowroot or baking soda, so you could play around with the homemade version and see if one or other of those is what is irritating you. Clearly you’re not able to troubleshoot like that with the Dove or any other commercial deodorant…

      • Kristan

        May 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

        I ended up having to see a doctor because I had multiple knots that were extremely painful and I began to run a high temperature. The deodorant caused some sort of reaction which lead to a major infection. I’m now on antibiotics. I will not be using homemade deodorant any longer. Thanks for your reply, but it was extremely painful and I ended up missing 2 days of work. Please put a disclaimer on this recipe for folks in the future, this could have been much worse for me.

  7. Marie

    December 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Coconut clogs my pores! Does anyone know the ratio for using shea butter an a carrier oil? Thank you!! 🙂

    • Aria

      September 16, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      I believe the shea to coconut oil ratio is 1:1 especially if you use Shea Oil instead of shea butter, but I’m not absolutely certain. 🙂

  8. Susan

    August 18, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Does the coconut oil leave oily stains on you clothing?

    • Margaret Floyd

      September 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      It never did with me, Susan. but I also didn’t use a ton of it. I think if you put on so much that it was actually greasy under your arms then it might. I never used enough to have that happen.

  9. Sharon

    December 13, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for all the different ideas.

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