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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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    Marie-Anne
    May 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    So thrilled to start melting away… I would like to pour this warm mix in my recycled deodorant “bottles”. I’m not sure how “sealed” these container are or if the pre-hardened mix will spill through? Anyone tried this before or any suggestions? (*wholesalers sell those containers, I assume it would work?!?) 🙂 thanks!

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    Helena
    April 23, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I have followed this recipe twice now and on both occasions, I have made a deodorant that I absolutely love. The consistency is lovely, and it smells beautiful (I used lavender and bergamot with a couple drops of tea tree). I find the recipe fits my 50ml jar perfectly, too! I got through it really quickly which is why I made a second batch, but thankfully it doesn’t take long at all to make 🙂 Finally, it definitely works and is a really effective deodorant… I’ve spent lots of money on natural deodorants over the years but I don’t feel like I need to buy another again. I am excited to continue to make my own and experiment with different essential oil combinations 🙂

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    Christina
    April 18, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I use tapioca starch (flour) when I make mine. I’m able to blend it with a spatula right in the double boiler on the stovetop.

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    Hannah Brown
    April 18, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    hi i made this recipe and it came out dark yellow rather than the creamy white colour in your photos. i did use ivory shea butter instead of the yellow stuff so im not how this happened. do you have any ideas?

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    Kaila
    April 13, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Rather then using corn starch which I found didnt disolve at all… can I use any type of flour instead? Or what is recommended other then arrowroot starch? I’m dying to try and make this recipe work. Thnku!

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      Davida Lederle
      April 13, 2021 at 10:56 am

      So odd that your cornstarch didn’t dissolve! It typically does. Your only other alternative would be tapioca starch. Otherwise I’d stick with arrowroot. Best of luck!

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    KJ
    April 13, 2021 at 4:25 am

    I used corn starch with my recipe… the corn starch did not dissolve! What can I use other then arrowroot or cornstarch?… I’m assuming it should dissolve, I ended up using cheese cloth to get out as much as I could, which i will still try as a deodarant, but I would love to use something other then cornstarch that would work.. any ideas? Thanku in advance.

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    Mary
    April 2, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Hello! Can I add some sunflower wax in this recipe and in what amount? Thank you in advance.

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    Martin
    March 22, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Can somebody please post an accurate translation to the metric system?

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    Nicole S
    March 8, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    I loved this recipe! Question. I noticed some brown on the bottom of my jar after a while. Doesn’t look or smell like mold! I’m going to make a new batch. Any idea which ingredients might have caused that?

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    Jess
    March 7, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Hi, can this recipe be re-melted once mixed with all the ingredients? I find that I can’t smell the oils and would like to add more. Thanks:)

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      Arya
      April 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      Maybe the essential oils? If you put them in while it was hot- I’ve seen my oils leave brown residue on various things 🙂

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    Nada
    February 6, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    can i use cocoa butter as i don’t like the smell of shea butter..will this yield an effective deodorant?

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    Marie
    January 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    I have potato starch, could I replace the arrowroot starch with that? Thank you.

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