Natural Deodorant Recipe- How to Make Deodorant

Posted by Mrs Money on April 1st, 2010

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Have you ever wondered how to make deodorant? I have, and decided that I would come up with a recipe that would work better than just putting baking soda on my underarms. I wanted something that felt more like real deodorant.

Store bought deodorant contains many ingredients and fragrances. After using my homemade deodorant for so long, I can’t stand the smell of perfumey deodorants. Also, there’s a bunch of controversy about aluminum in deodorant being linked to breast cancer. I like to err on the side of caution. I figure it can’t hurt to use homemade deodorant.

Also, your body is meant to sweat to release toxins, so anti-perspirants really aren’t that great.  Just use a little deodorant and you’ll be smelling like roses all day!

Ingredients

-6 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
-1/4 cup Baking Soda
-1/3 cup Cornstarch
-1/4 teaspoon shea butter or cocoa butter
-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Directions

Heat the coconut oil until you can stir in the shea butter or cocoa butter. Once these are incorporated, add in the dry ingredients and the essential oils. I like to use lavender essential oil because it smells so good! You could also use lemon, sweet orange, or patchouli. Use whatever you like! That’s the fun of making your own deodorant.

When the mixture cools, you can put your homemade deodorant in an old deodorant container or in a tub and just scoop some out with your fingertips. I reused an old Trader Joe’s deodorant container.

You may have to store the deodorant in the fridge in the summer, because the coconut oil may liquefy. Use caution. ;)  Also- I like to put mine on right when I get out of the shower.

What kind of deodorant do you use? Are you concerned about aluminum in deodorant?

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41 Responses to “Natural Deodorant Recipe- How to Make Deodorant”


  1. How about not wearing deodorant? Saves tons of money! I don’t use it. Honest, I don’t smell. =)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    RTJM- Sure! That works too! :) I usually do this on weekends.

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  2. Jersey Mom, that’s what I’ve been doing (I’m a little ashamed to admit it) but I like this recipe too. It’s simple and we have all of the ingredients. I might give it a try.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Laura- Don’t be ashamed! I think there are a lot more people that do that than would admit. Let me know how it works out for you! You could always make half to give it a try. :)

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  3. Shery says:

    That sounds like a HUGE amount of deodorant! I used to use essential oils as deodorant (like you did with the baking soda). While it did work during the day, it never gave me the oppertunity to remain lazy from time to time, since if I wasn’t showered about 20 hours in after putting it on and the day was hot, I’d go from smelling awesome to reeking.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Shery- LOL it makes about two deodorant containers full, so I guess you could cut it in half? I always make some to share with friends/whoever is interested. Let me know if you make it. EOs as deodorant is a great idea too!

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    Shery Reply:

    I don’t know if I will. At this point, getting all the ingredients will cost me more than buying 2 deodorants, and I’m unemployed/studying, so I can’t afford a mistake on this one like I did with the shampoos. It’ll have to wait for June/July

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  4. Finally decided to come out of lurker mode and post a comment :o)

    I LOVE this deodorant recipe! I have been on the lookout for natural deodorants that didn’t cost me a fortune, didn’t contain weird ingredients, didn’t test on animals, etc. – not easy to find! I tried Lush for a while, but the cost is kind of crazy for something I put on my armpits. And the last homemade recipe I tried left me with peeling underarm skin – SO not fun (especially in the warm weather).

    Anyway, it just so happened that I was out of deodorant today, so I made this instead of buying some. I just tried it out (with 5 drops of patchouli/5 drops of Geranium), and I smell fantastic with no irritation! :o)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Retro Housewife- Thanks for commenting! I love new comments. :)

    It’s pretty cool. If you have any problems, you can cut down the amount of baking soda and cornstarch and up the shea butter. If you had problems before, I’d probably recommend that next time.

    Thanks for letting me know you tried it out!

    xoxo

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    Retro_Housewife Reply:

    Thanks – Nice to be out of lurker mode! :)

    All right, I know this is way later than I should be commenting, but I had to stop in and let you know that the deodorant is still working perfectly – I even went for a 3 mile jog over the weekend, and didn’t smell funky at all!

    And I’ll give that idea of less baking soda a try next time – thanks!

    - Cassie

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  5. Laura says:

    That looks like an interesting recipe–perhaps I will try it once my Tom’s deodorant runs out.

    Yes, I am concerned about aluminum in deodorant. I understand that it has not been *proven* to be dangerous, but why not err on the side of caution is there are alternatives? Besides, I hate the way those antiperspirants feel on the skin.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Laura- It’s pretty neat. And I totally agree with you about the aluminum- why take a chance?

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  6. Karly says:

    I make my own deodorant, although with a different recipe as yours. I love it, and so do many of my friends. I’m trying to sell it on Etsy and locally, so I can’t tell you my secret recipe, though. :P

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Karly- Awesome! I hope you sell lots of it! I can understand not sharing the recipe. :)

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  7. TwoBloggers says:

    Making my own deodorant is the first thing that got me wondering how good the brand name stuff actually is for me and for my wallet. I then wondered what else I could make better. It’s kind of like the “Give a Mouse a Cookie” book, only give a frugal person a DIY recipe. :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    TwoBloggers- That’s a great story. I know, once you get into natural living and making your own stuff, it is soooo addicting!

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  8. BibleDebt says:

    I might have to just give that a try. Ever since I learned how to make detergent a few years ago, we have never looked back. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been looking over recipes for deodorant for some time but haven’t tried. I need a good container to put it in. . .and I haven’t run out of the old stuff. I found coconut oil here in France–duh, I got it at a local shop that sells Tahitian imports . . .

    But I’m confident that I have a good recipe when it does! But I think I’m allergic to lavender oil :(.

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  10. Just wondering says:

    So I’m curious to try this out, however, what do you do with moisture? I mean if it’s not an antiperspirant…do you get wet underarms? Isn’t that embarrassing to have a shirt with pit wetness. I’d mostly care in a work environment.

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    webbergail Reply:

    Hey Just Wondering – this was a huge concern of mine too when I started making my own stuff! I had big wetness problems as it is (gross) and so I was really nervous. But I actually find I have LESS issues with the natural stuff. And now my little health plug – sweating is a good thing that our bodies do to release toxins, stay cool, etc, so technically it’s okay to sweat. But it’s also awful to have armpit wetness…anyway, the cornstarch and baking soda act as moisture absorbers, so you can play with the amounts a little bit if you’re having problems. Be careful though, because they can also irritate your underarms. I usually moisturize right after I get out of the shower, let that sit for a few minutes, and then apply the deodorant, and that keeps the irritation down :) Every body is different, so play with the amounts a little bit and you should be right as rain :)

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  11. Amy says:

    Thanks – Nice to be out of lurker mode! :)

    All right, I know this is way later than I should be commenting, but I had to stop in and let you know that the deodorant is still working perfectly – I even went for a 3 mile jog over the weekend, and didn’t smell funky at all!

    And I’ll give that idea of less baking soda a try next time – thanks!

    - Cassie

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  12. emmy says:

    I love this idea and have been considering making my own for a while. I currently use a combination of baking soda and cornstarch but it leaves very noticable white marks on my shirts.
    My question with this recipe is whether you have run into problems with the deodorant staining your clothing, either temporarily or permanently? I use shea butter and coconut oil on my skin and know that it can darken my clothes if it comes in contact with them.

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  13. BnB says:

    We tried this recipe today, and it didn’t harden very fast. I followed what was said, but I couldn’t get it to thicken. Does it harden faster after putting it in the tube? Does it take it a while for it to harden? Does it even harden very much at all??

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    BnB It does take awhile to harden. It will be solid if it’s lower than 75 degrees (I think). I have to store mine in the fridge in the summer because it melts! :)

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    BnB Reply:

    What about warming up? My turny thing on my deodorant tube broke. Can I warm it up so I can put it in a different container?

    We live in hot hot west Texas and I think that’s why it wouldn’t settle. We put it in the fridge and it works wonders!! I was working all day and sweating and just smelled of pitchouli, not b.o. (and I’m a man!!); I’m not sure there was much perspiration at all!

    Thank you for posting this and for your help!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    You sure can! I would warm it up and then transfer to another container. I am glad it’s working well for you!

    What I think is the best part is that you are a man and gave it a try. I love that!
    xoxo

  14. luvin'it says:

    love this recipe but i added a little bit of licorice extract (got it from skinactives). i’m on my 2nd week now and my underarm is much lighter now. the baking soda exfoliates the skin while the licorice whitens it. store bought deodorants made my underarm dark. thanks for the recipe.

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  15. callmegrace says:

    I cannot stand the way coconut oil smells. SO, I added lots of tangerine oil and clove. Yum. I’m on about 22 hours of this deo (did reapply a little in hte evening) and “it’s still working.”
    Thanks!

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  16. seira says:

    what if i put soda to make a scent for the deodorant?

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  17. Carol F. says:

    Aluminum powder used in manufactured deodorants has been linked to breast cancer and other medical conditions. Considering breast cancer has been found on both sides of my family, I have to say that I am VERY concerned about using these deodorants.

    I recently started down the road of sustainable living and have eliminated several store bought products from my life. My husband has joined my little band wagon, too. Since this process began, I have researched numerous concerns (one concern focused on the aluminum powder in deodorants) and have learned that my body is now chalk full of weird, toxic chemicals. The light at the end of the tunnel, though, is that now I am aware of the situation and I am learning how to get rid of those toxins – thanks to websites and information like this one!!

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  18. Jessica says:

    We’ve been making our own lip balm for some time, courtesy of this article from Mountain Rose Herbs. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/06/lip_balm.php

    They use bees wax and it stiffens the balm so that it does not melt in warm weather. I suggest playing with this in your recipe. I’ ecstatic to find this recipe and my kids and I will be trying it tomorrow! (with the bees wax).

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  19. Eleisha says:

    I made the original recipie, which I do love. Except that the deodrant melts like crazy because of the coconut oil. So I changed it up and I made half the batch, and used 2 1/2 tspn of shea butter and 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. Everything else remained the same. I love it! It still gets soft but I can still use it out of my old deodrant container w/o putting it in the fridge.

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  20. MJP says:

    I made this today and it came together well–cocoa butter plus peppermint smells just like cookies! But when I put it in a deodorant container (an old Trader Joes one) it all dripped out the bottom and I had to move it to a different container. Any tips?

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  21. C says:

    I have been making my own deodorant for about a year now but have been bouncing around recipes not fining one that felt as good as it worked. as a person with very sensitive skin, I have found that the corn starch (which is very processed and actually not very good for you) to be irritating and recently learned that lemongrass EO naturally reduces perspiration. I am about to try this recipe, however reducing the corn starch to 1 tsp, and with lemongrass EO. I think it will be a hit! Let you know how it goes.

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