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DIY Natural Deodorant…That Actually Works!

July 10, 2015

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant recipe will quickly become a staple in your body routine.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.Omg I am officially THAT girl.

I mean we all knew the day would come. The signs were all there. Natural beauty routine, apple cider vinegar EVERYWHERE, so it was due time I embrace my inner hippie and jump into the world of Natural Deodorant. I feel alive!!!!

Two years ago if you asked me if I would ever use natural deodorant I would have without a doubt laughed in your face. I’m judgmental like that. But now here I am, not only admitting to using it but also encouraging you to do the same. Oh how times have changed.

I pretty much summed up my thoughts on natural beauty in this post and also shared some of my favourite homemade products in this post but in a nutshell I truly believe that what we put on our body should be equally as important as what we put in it. And this includes homemade deodorant.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.

Why Try This Natural Deodorant Recipe

Now before you stop reading and think I’ve totally lost my mind, hear me out. I’m not sitting at home braiding my armpit hair and praying to my crystals (…yet). I am a 21st century hippie. I believe in western medicine and think that obsessing over the cleanliness of your food and body/home products is about as healthy as taking a bath in a sugar-paraben cocktail. But as a former natural beauty-judger I urge you to at least have more of an open mind to somewhat alternative products.

Be conscious and read labels. Make choices that are reasonable and work in your life. I have extra time and a small budget so making my own homemade deodorant is realistic. If you’re on the go all the time, try purchasing a more natural deodorant (I like this one!) or if you’re working with a smaller budget (natural products tend to be more expensive), pick and choose what you can make yourself. If you can’t do it all, that’s okay. Even one small change is worth it.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.My journey with natural beauty products started slowly. First I switched to a natural hair routine, followed by skin, home and then deodorant. I still use some conventional home products and regular toothpaste (holding strong on this one!). One day I’ll get there but for now I’m happy with the changes I’ve made.

That being said, one of the easiest DIY products to make for your body is definitely this homemade deodorant so if you’re open to it, give it a shot! Not only is it simple to make, it also lasts forever (budget friendly) and it totally and completely works. You won’t smell and it is a surprisingly good antiperspirant too. So let’s make the world a little less smelly and chemical-free too!

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DIY Natural Deodorant…That Actually Works!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3 ounce jar (will last between 4-6 months) 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Place coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl or jar and place the bowl/jar inside a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add water to the saucepan (enough to surround bowl/jar but not to overflow it) and bring to a boil.
  3. As water is heating up, ensure to stir coconut oil and shea butter and continue to do so until it melts.
  4. Once melted, add in arrowroot starch, baking soda and essential oils.
  5. Place in a 3 ounce jar and allow to cool at room temp or in fridge (will harden faster in fridge) until it’s reached a solid state.
  6. Cover with lid until use.

Directions for use:

  1. Wet underarms slightly (this helps with even application)
  2. Spoon out a pea-sized amount with a wooden scoop or with fingers and rub between fingers before applying directly to underarms.
  3. For a regular day, one application in the morning should be fine. For hotter days, workouts or if you’re particularly sweaty, feel free to reapply as needed.

*Certain people are sensitive to tea tree oil so be sure to test your skin with a drop before adding to mixture. It is not necessary to include but tea tree is antibacterial and it is the bacteria in your underarms that leads to smell so it is a nice addition if you are not sensitive.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.**Note: Your underarms may require an adjustment period depending upon how sensitive your skin is. Start by using this DIY Natural Deodorant  1-2 days a week and slowly increase. I went cold-turkey before my trip to Costa Rica and my armpits hated me. Now I’m all good but I wish I hadn’t changed up my routine so quickly while I was basically sweating on the equator.

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  • Reply
    Pam
    September 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda???

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    Trish
    July 24, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Baking soda is harsh for sensitive skin., but it seems to be necessary for most recipes.

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      Mel
      August 10, 2021 at 11:33 pm

      I am very sensitive to baking soda so I swap it for magnesium hydroxide powder and that has worked really well. Based this swap off a popular brands baking soda free deodorant cream product 🙂

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    Gilly S
    June 27, 2021 at 7:35 am

    I found the smell of shea butter quite overwhelming when it was at liquid stage. Is this normal? So I added a couple more drops of grapefruit and lavender to disguise it. It is now chilling in the fridge. Will this cause irritation?

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    Kelly
    June 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Hello, I have heard coconut oil can potentially stain clothes. Will this version using refined oils prevent that? Also will this work as a rub on stick form? Thanks

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      Catherine
      June 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      In the same way oil seasons an iron skillet, you cannot remove the oil from clothing once it is baked in; any oil could cause this problem. If you spot-wash the underarms of your shirts before putting them in the washing machine and forgo the drier, you should be safe. “Healthline” suggests that the oil base is superfluous and to just use the baking powder, arrowroot with some essential oil for smell.

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    lesley
    May 30, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Oh Boy! I have a story! I imagine I’m not the only woman to have this one. I’ve been trying foe maybe 2 yrs to get my hubby to TRY my diy deodorant, he’s obcessed with deodorants, really. He can try at least 3 new ones a month! I’m not completely sure what he’s looking for? Anyway he never would even try even if home for the day. Finally, he actually ran out! He was not feeling to well and home, for a couple days. He tried it! And to my great surprise, truly, he LOVED it! It’s very similar to this recipe, which I’m trying tonight.. I know we will both love! I somehow lost my own creations recipe and I can’t remember all the measurements… SO thank you for this! I’ll get back and tell all my experience. 🌿

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    Angela E Reid
    May 24, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Hello. I tried to use my old deodorant twist containers & even though I tried to let the completed recipe cool for a bit before I poured it, it still poured through the holes of the plastic part that pushed the deodorant up. But once it hardened, it actually worked pretty well & not too much was wasted. I hope this helps.

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      MB
      July 12, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      Angela, get plumbers putty at a home improvement store, it’s cheap. Use a wad to block the holes from under the push up part before you pour into sleeve. Chill and remove putty.

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