Homemade Deodorant Success

In the spring of 2015 I began making my own deodorant. I had experimented with commercial “natural” deodorants and had zero luck. In fact, many of them made me smell worse. How is that even possible? So, in my attempt to keep the body odor at bay AND move in a healthier direction (i.e. avoid infusing my body with carcinogens), I followed a friend’s advice and went the hippy route. It’s been nearly two years and I’m here to give you the full report.

But, before you go wondering, “Is she one of those people who can use DIY deodorant because she doesn’t really stink or sweat?” let me just say, “No.” And, “Hell no.” Please see Exhibit A:

Exhibit A: Schweaty Balls

Effectiveness: I stink. Deodorant is not a luxury, but a necessity. I wear this daily and it works. It does not work when I don’t wear it. You know how some conventional deodorant seems to keep working for days and days? Even after you shower it off? Yeah, it’s not like that. As long as I wear it though, it works.

Scent: This is my favorite thing about the DYI deo. The scent is whatever I want it to be. And since the scent comes from essential oils, it smells totally natural (because it is). None of this wonky “orchard peach” fumes traveling up my nostrils and making me want to gag.

On clothes: It does not stain my clothes or leave permanent marks. It will rub off on clothes, like most deodorants, but it is easily removed with a washcloth.

Ease of use: Since the deodorant is not in an applicator, I use my fingertips to apply it. I try and apply in the buff so I don’t have to worry about the deodorant dripping or flaking onto my clothes. I’ve gotten used to it and I’m not bothered by using my fingers as the applicator.

Cost: Cheap. All of the ingredients I use are already in my pantry/bathroom cabinet. While essential oils are pricy, I purchase them anyways, so it isn’t an added cost. I could even argue that this deodorant is free!

Other benefits include: Feeling like a bad ass hippy. #streetcred

My first batch of deodorant was scented with eucalyptus oil. Since then, I’ve branched out and played with other essential oils to make a variety of scents. My mother in law makes homemade soap and it’s been cool to play off of her recipes and find essential oil blends I like. The three mixtures that I’m currently using are: lavender peppermint, eucalyptus patchouli and patchouli peppermint.

DIY Deodorant Recipe:

  1. Create a hot water bath by filling a bowl with hot water and placing the deodorant container in the center. I use a small, 10 ounce glass jar for my container.
  2. Add the following ingredients to the container in the hot water bath:
    • 1/4 cup organic cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup baking soda
    • essential oils for scent (I use about 10-15 drops)
  3. Mix up the deodorant ingredients until fully mixed and smooth.
  4. Store the deodorant in the container.
  5. Apply the deodorant concoction with fingertips.

A few things to make note of:

  • This is not an antiperspirant. I still sweat in the pits. But, that’s what pits are for right?
  • If the sweat runs, you can see a white residue from the baking soda. This only happen when I exercise and/or sweat big time.
  • Because of the coconut oil, the deodorant concoction changes from a solid to liquid state, depending on the temperature. In the colder months, it gets very hard so on occasion I heat the deodorant up and stir it up again.
  • The deodorant smells of coconut oil unless you add an essential oil to infuse with another scent.
  • For on-the-go usage, I place a small amount of the mixture in a travel size (2 ounce) container. This is the deodorant I tote around in my carryon, gym and weekend bag.


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  • Reply
    01/23/2017 at 6:30 pm

    I found some coconut oil based natural deodorants left an oily stain from sweating on my lighter coloured shirts. Curious if you found this at all? Perhaps it was the ratio of coconut oil to other ingredients that was not quite right. I am a real big sweat-er (TMI?). I’d really love to make my own… finding buying natural stuff expensive, and as you say it’s basically free when these ingredients are already on hand!

    • Reply
      01/24/2017 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Megan,
      I haven’t found oily stains on my lighter shirts. I’ve had deodorants leave yellowish marks in the past, but not since switching over. I sweat a ton and the only thing I’ve experienced is the white residue running down my arm (slightly embarrassing) if the sweat is crazy.
      Give it a go! I’d like to hear how you like it… and how you smell 🙂

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