Recipe of the Week: Homemade Deodorant

After reading that title, some of you may be ready to send me off to the crazy house, while others of you will be happy that your search for effective deodorant has ended. I’ll let you in on a little secret–Thomas and I haven’t used antiperspirants for over a year and half. We stopped in our quest to use cleaner household cleaners and personal care products. After reading the label on our antiperspirants, and considering how it seeks to stop a natural process (sweating), we stopped using it.

We have tried crystal deodorants, ultra-perfumey deodorants, homemade body splash + a dab of baking soda and cornstarch, but all left us either stinky or chaffing. About a month ago, I discovered this recipe and we have not gone back.

First, find an empty deodorant/antiperspirant stick, or buy a cheap one (solid, unscented) at the store. Twist all the existing stuff out into the trash and wash the container thoroughly, reassemble and dry. Wear gloves. This stuff makes your hands nasty. I bought four travel-sized containers to give as gifts.

Assemble your ingredients:
1 large or a few travel-sized solid stick holders
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
~3 tablespoons coconut oil
optional: essential oils for fragrance

Mix baking soda and cornstarch in bowl. In separate microwave safe bowl, microwave your coconut oil. Pour a little coconut oil at a time into your baking soda mix and stir until the mixture is no longer crumbly, adding more coconut oil as needed. Add essential oils and stir well. Mine looks like this when it is done:

Fill your containers up and let it sit to harden. You can put it in the fridge for a bit and it will harden more rapidly. Now you are ready to go!

Keep in mind that although baking soda has wonderful deodorizing properties, it is also abrasive, making it an excellent household cleaner, but chaffing for the skin. You don’t need to slather this stuff on like your old stick antiperspirant. Don’t press it hard into your freshly shaven pits, but apply lightly. If you experience raw skin or chaffing, give it a break for awhile and try to use a little less next time. Or maybe its time to use something from they certainly have tons of chafing products for down there, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work just the same.

If this is your first time to go antiperspirant free, you may notice that you sweat buckets and buckets for a while. Don’t worry, that doesn’t last forever. In my experience, it took a few weeks for my sweat glands to regulate. I still sweat, but not inordinate amounts like I did those first weeks.

4 Responses to “Recipe of the Week: Homemade Deodorant”

  1. Lyns says:

    thanks so much for sharing! this is great. i can’t wait to give it a try. i was buying our natural deo for our b.o. at the store the other day wishing it wasn’t 4.00 and wishing i could make some. we love coconut oil and use it for various things so i’m excited to see it in this!

    thanks again!

  2. D.O. says:

    Excellent post.

    I make no promises on whether or not I’ll attempt to construct the described armpit butter, but nevertheless, an excellent post.

    And yes, “D.O.” and “deodorant” have the same first two syllables.

  3. mandi says:

    YES!!! coconut oil- my favorite beauty product! this is a great recipe that i can’t wait to try. i generally stink at all times. seriously.
    question-does having the additional ingredients keep the coconut oil from liquifying, or should i (we) be careful when traveling and what not? i use coconut oil on my face and once i took it on a trip with me. when i opened the bag it had melted all over EVERYTHING!

  4. rachel says:

    Good point, Mandi! I have only traveled with it this winter when it was fairly cold, so I did not experience that problem. I can imagine that it could potentially happen, and what a mess that would be! Perhaps you could make some in a little bowl with a snapping lid for traveling? I’m glad you warned me.