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DIY Natural Deodorant…That Actually Works!

July 10, 2022

A simple DIY 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.

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. 

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.

Why Use Natural Deodorant 

Have you seen what is in conventional deodorant? Likely you’ve glanced at the bottom at least once in your life and seen a list of ingredients that appear to be written in a different language. But did you know that many of these ingredients can be incredibly harmful and toxic for your body?

Let’s go through a couple of them:

aluminum: this is the ingredient that clogs your pores and prevents sweating (more on this below). Aluminum exposure has been linked to Alzheimers as well as to build-up of estrogen in the body which can also be correlated with increased chances of breast and prostate cancer.

parabens: these ingredients are used as a preservative in deodorants but can also mimic estrogen in your body. This leads to hormonal disruptions and is also linked to breast and prostate cancers.

phthalates: these chemicals are used to make other ingredients more flexible and are also used as fragrance ingredients. They primarily affect the endocrine system and exposure can lead to early onset puberty as well as breast cancer later in life.

-Triclosan: An antibacterial chemical that can also disrupt the hormone system and is associated with increased chance of breast cancer. It was actually banned by the FDA in hand soaps but for some reason they still allow it in deodorants?!

…this list could go on but this is just a taste of what you find in conventional deodorants.

What You Need to Make DIY Deodorant:

  • Unrefined coconut oil – Coconut oil contains fatty acids, like lauric acid, which are known for their antibacterial benefits. It can help reduce the bacteria in these moist areas, leaving you refreshed and smelling clean.
  • Unrefined shea butter – Also super antibacterial and  non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pours.
  • Arrowroot powder/flour – A highly absorbent powder to help wick up extra sweat. Effectively acts as an antiperspirant. You can replace with tapioca starch if that’s all you can find.
  • Baking soda -super effective at fighting body odor and also soaks up sweat.
  • Lavender essential oil – this is primarily for scent so you can replace with a different essential oil if you prefer.
  • Grapefruit essential oil – same as lavender in that you can replace with a different essential oil if you prefer a different scent
  • Tea tree essential oil (optional)* – tea tree is antibacterial and a super effective odor-buster.

You will also need either a small glass jar with a lid or empty deodorant containers.

*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.

How to Make DIY Deodorant

STEP 1: Place coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl or jar and place the bowl/jar inside a medium sauce pan to create a double boiler. Add water to the saucepan (enough to surround bowl/jar but not to overflow it) and bring to a boil. As water is heating up, stir coconut oil and shea butter and continue to do so until it melts.

STEP 2: Once melted, add in arrowroot starch, baking soda and essential oils.

STEP 3: 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. Cover with lid until use.

How to Use DIY Deodorant:

  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.
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.

FAQs: Your Questions Answered

How long does this natural deodorant last?

If kept in a cool, dry place this natural deodorant will last 6-12 months.

How much natural deodorant should I use?

Just a pea-sized amount. A little goes a long way.

Will I need to reapply?

Depending on your body and level of activity you may have to. This natural deodorant is not an anti-perspirant so while it can reduce sweat slightly it will not prevent sweating entirely so you will need to reapply from time to time.

Do I need an adjustment period to natural deodorant?

Your armpits 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.

What if my skin reacts to natural deodorant?

Some people are sensitive to tea tree and baking soda. I recommend waiting at least 6 hours after you shave if you plan to use deodorant. This means I’ll shave the night before and then apply the next morning. This prevents any kind of skin reactivity. If you have extra sensitive skin you can leave out the tea tree and decrease the amount of baking soda.

Help! My DIY Deodorant won’t harden!

First things first, try putting it in the fridge. If it hardens in the fridge then it’s likely your home is on the warmer side and you’ll need to store it in the fridge to keep it solid. It works if it isn’t solid but may separate a bit. Alternatively, check to make sure you didn’t use fractionated coconut oil which will not harden. You’ll need to remake your recipe with non-fractionated coconut oil.

How long with this natural deodorant last?

Mine typically lasts 3-6 months depending on the season and how frequently I’m reapplying.

What about store-bought deodorants?

You can read about my favorite natural store-bought deodorants here.

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DIY Deodorant

A simple DIY 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.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 small glass jar 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 small glass 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.

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  • Reply
    Lorene
    November 10, 2022 at 5:04 am

    Hi, love this deodorant but found that the 2nd time I made it wasn’t as good as the baking soda went to the bottom of the jar as it was cooling down in the fridge. Which takes away the efficiency of the deodorant. Any tip to avoid that while it solidifies?

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    Matt
    August 11, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Does this stain clothing?

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    Sammi
    August 10, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Does it have to be kept in the fridge once made? Thanks so much!

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    Ky
    August 3, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Hello, what’s the arrowroot for? I have all the other ingredients just not the arrowroot. Can I use cornstarch or just skip this step?

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    MannyF
    July 29, 2022 at 5:22 am

    I just put a small amount of dry baking soda on the palm of my hand, add a few drops of water and rub until it dissolves. It helps if you can buy micronized baking soda which dissolves more easily. Then just rub into armpits. Works great. I’m not sure adding oils and other gunk is a good idea as it can stain shirts. Baking soda and water may cause a bit of yellowing to fabrics but the good news the staining is water soluble and rinses right out as soon as it comes into contact with water.

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    Hannah M DeJong
    January 16, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    This deodorant never hardened up – and I used the solidified coconut oil.

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      Xin
      May 23, 2022 at 11:02 am

      I’d put in the fridge to cool and solidify the oils, your climate may just be too warm

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      Dorshaine Trayes
      June 23, 2022 at 6:18 pm

      I add beeswax beads to the recipe.

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    louise
    December 30, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    i add vitamin e to my diy deodourants -stops the oils going rancid

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      Gloria A. Martinez
      May 26, 2022 at 5:52 pm

      Just wondering how much vitamin e did you use in your batch of deoderant?

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    Trina
    December 13, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Baking soda clogs my pores up.

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      Dorshaine Trayes
      June 23, 2022 at 6:26 pm

      You could try this recipe without baking soda add the same amount in arrowroot. Helpful hint; I sift the dry ingredients comes out smooth and creamy.

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    Christine
    December 4, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Funny you mentioned The equator . Would this deodorant become liquid In warm weather. And be difficult to use ?

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      Xina
      May 23, 2022 at 11:00 am

      I’d put in the fridge to cool and solidify the oils

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    Kellie
    November 17, 2021 at 4:43 am

    What should I add if this turns out too wet?

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      Xina
      May 23, 2022 at 10:59 am

      I’d put in the fridge to cool and solidify the oils

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