2021 edit: i no longer subscribe to or support the “all-natural” label. more here.
in yet another attempt to be more “green” and natural in my every day routine, i have switched to homemade deodorant. i’ve waited quite some time to actually post this because i wanted to be 110% sure i knew EXACTLY what i’d be getting you guys into if you decide to switch. (see the 4 week update at the bottom of this post!)
i’ve already gone no-‘poo, no lotion, no hair products of any kind, and now i’m ditching the breast cancer-linked aluminum and all-around nasty, chemical-y junk in store-bought deodorant. this stuff WORKS, people! i wouldn’t lead you astray! i swear by my own armpits IT WORKS. give it a try! give it a good few weeks long try, because your body will need to adjust!!! 🙂
for this recipe, i’ve scoured pinterest and other blogs, and this seems to be the best combo for ME. if you don’t sweat as much, don’t put so much baking soda in. if you still smell, dab a cottonball with raw apple cider vinegar and swipe each pit a couple times before applying…. it’s all about finding what works for YOUR body and getting rid of those darn chemicals!
1. old deodorant container OR wide-mouth jar (i started with the jar and didn’t like the deo touching my fingers, so i put it in an old deo stick. i will say that during the winter the stick would be okay, but if your home/apartment/whatever is warm, or if you’re making this in the spring/summer, please keep it in a jar. mine was just chillin on the bathroom counter and melted everywhere as i took a hot shower once. egh!)
2. 5 tablespoons organic coconut oil. i used the non-deodorized version and it smells heavenly!
3. 1/4 cup cornstarch (update: i’ve added about a spoonful more to this mix now)
4. 1/4 cup baking soda (if you’re sensitive to baking soda, substitute with bentonite clay, or use a different homemade deo)
5. **essential oils of your choice, if you want to add any. i added arabian rose and LOVE it!
6. bowl & spoon, to mix
1. mix all ingredients together in a bowl… keep at it till it’s allll smooth and turns into a thick, dry-ish paste
2. put in in your container. voila!
1. either scoop a dab from your jar, or get a couple clicks/turns out of your stick
2. apply like regular deo 🙂
3. *give it anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks before you make any permanent choices. i know that’s a super long time, and the adjustment period might have you smelling a little funkier than usual, but your body will adjust to taking care of itself after a few weeks. i promise! i’ve been doing this for about a month now and i don’t want to go back to regular store deo. you’ll see improvements after the first couple weeks, and hopefully that’ll be enough motivation to keep it goin 🙂
i think my body has fully adjusted, so it took me 4 weeks. i’ve read it took others 6-8 weeks, so i chalk it up to being completely chemical-less in my beauty routine and eating healthier.
but as of this past week, i barely smell bad at allllllll anymore. and i only put this on when i wake up in the morning, and after my showers if i need it.
i did add more cornstarch (about a spoonful) and it’s made a great difference in the sweating. i don’t notice nearly as much sweat as i normally had with store deodorant.
i’ve also switched to keeping mine in a small, screw-top jar. it’s getting warmer out and the coconut oil leaked out of my old deo container. i actually think i prefer it in the jar!
if you’re sensitive to baking soda, or allergic to coconut, HERE are some other all-natural deodorants you can make (spray and/or roll-ons). check ’em out!
lemme know if you guys try this or any version of homemade deo! i’d love to hear about it!
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I use jungleman natural deodorant, i like it because it’s vegan and has never been animal tested. http://www.junglemannaturals.com it’s made with only four ingredients similar to the home made recipe, it even uses essential oils (tea tree oil) along with baking soda, corn starch, and palm oil.
Hi! I just made this deodorant using lavender. I shall see if this will work for me!!
Does it leave a white film on your clothes
Hi Alex!! I’ve got to tell you how much I love your site! I’ve been low poo since July of last year and since that went so well, I am transitioning to no poo now. I’ve been gradually cutting out chemical-laden products, and I consult your posts ALL THE TIME! Now I’m down to just makeup, toothpaste, and deodorant, so I thought I’d give your coco deo a shot.
I just made it, so I don’t have any feedback yet on how it’s going, but I added a twist to your recipe. Sage! It is an herbal treatment for excessive sweating and has antimicrobial properties, it smells great, and I had some leftover from groceries this week. I set up a double boiler (glass mixing bowl over a pot of gently boiling water since I don’t have fancy things), melted the 5 tbsp of coconut oil in the bowl, and added about a 1 tbsp of chopped sage. Let the sage hang out in the coconut oil for 15-20 minutes. The longer it heats, the more sage goodness gets extracted into the oil. Strain out the sage bits and add the cornstarch and baking soda. I threw in grapefruit essential oil, and the scent combo is really great!
I’m sure using sage essential oil has the same benefits, but this was a nice way to use the sage I had instead of throwing it out.
I can’t thank you enough for your blog! Keep up the great work 😀
What type of cornstarch do you use?
How much essential oil? A few drops?
I’m 13 and when I saw this I got really exited. I was wondering what everyone is talking about when they first use the deo, they smell. Is the stink just your body adjusting or is it the deo itself? Or does it just smell like sweat? How long do you smell for? I don’t know if I can live stinking and going to school at the same time. 🙂 Also, if your younger, will you adjust faster or does it just depend on you? Thanks so much! My mom is letting me try this some time this week, hopefully it works!
I’ve been using just baking soda and i’ve found nothing that works like it!!! Even my kids who were against my no poo ways are using it now and its the best. no smell!!!
Did your kids smell at first too?
do you have to use essential oils, because I do not own any