beauty · skin

easy DIY spray deodorant

warm weather can mean extra sweating and extra smelling for some of us! i usually stick to my homemade deodorant made up of coconut oil, kaolin clay, and essential oils, which works swimmingly. however, in higher temperatures, i’ve found coconut oil to feel greasier than usual when used as deodorant… and that could very well just be me!

here’s a very easy DIY spray deodorant that’s anti-inflammatory (if you shave your underarms), anti-bacterial, and anti-stink.

easy DIY spray deodorant

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • high quality salt (himalayan pink salt; Real Salt; etc.)
  • witch hazel
  • apple cider vinegar
  • essential oil(s) of your choice

HOW TO:

  • in a small bowl or cup, add 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of acv, 5 tablespoons witch hazel, and 5-8 drops of an EO of your choice.
  • mix well until salt is dissolved.
  • put into spray container. apply to underarms and enjoy!

i have found this to be most effective when applied 2 times. i spray once, let it dry, and spray again.

my favorite combo so far has been peach witch hazel with lemon EO. it smells just like peach lemonade, and the smell of acv is completely (pinky swear) masked!

BONUS – this spray is also great for breakouts on your back and chest!Β spray onto dry skin wherever you have breakouts, and let air dry. reapply up to 2 times a day to diminish existing blemishes, and use once daily for upkeep. this will definitely be a necessity for me in the upcoming southern heat!

have you ever tried a salt deodorant spray? what are your favorite scent combinations? what have you found to be most effective at combating underarm stink?

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19 thoughts on “easy DIY spray deodorant

  1. Hi Alex, I’ve been using your coco-deo recipe for a while but, I keep getting red patches so I think I must be reacting to the baking soda. You mention a deodorant that you make with coconut oil, kaolin clay and essential oils. I have not been able to find that recipe on you blog. Could you post the link for me?
    Also, is there a big difference between kaolin clay and bentonite clay? (I have bentonite but, could try to source kaolin if it would make a noticable difference)
    Thanks for all you do!!! I love your blog and all the research you do for us!

  2. I just mixed this up the other day. At first I used rose witch hazel (since I have a rose water body spray I figured to keep the scent) and bergamot eo. But I still had a lingering vinegar scent. So I added some lemongrass eo and just a couple drops of tea tree (I don’t know what it is about it. I really love the smell!) Now the vinegar smell is completely gone. I’m also using it on my back as well since I tend to break out in the summer. So far. So good!!

  3. I have very sensitive skin. I have been making my own deodorant for a few years now, changing up the recipes because I get a redness/rash from the baking soda. My current recipe only has a tablespoon of baking soda and that has not caused much redness but I get kinda stinky. Do you think that the salt would do the same thing? Have you had any irritation or redness using this recipe?

    1. hey anna! sorry to hear that! that seems to be a fairly common issue actually 😦 usually the baking soda overuse rash is more akin to a chemical burn, which will not happen with salt. i can see how it’d sting if you’ve just shaved, but i can’t see it serving as an irritant, especially when diluted into witch hazel. hope this helps!

  4. Hi Alex,
    First of all, I love your blog and I’ve switched to no poo about three months ago. Although my hair hasn’t shown any signs of getting less oily and I’m having a really hard time transitioning, I’m trying to stick with the no poo method because I want my hair and body to live without chemicals as much as possible. I also switched to the OCM and love it. Your blog has helped me many times and it’s good to know there are other people being crazy (or rather smart and brave πŸ˜‰ ) enough to stop using commercial shampoo.
    So I read many posts about witch hazel and its uses in your blog and was so excited to buy the one from Thayers, especially because of dandruff, itchy scalp and huge pores. But then I looked at the ingredients and noticed that it contains grapfruit seed extract (GSE).
    My question is, have you ever heard about GSE being a synthetic product and possibly being contaminated with harsh chemicals like parabens and benzalkonium chloride? I recently read about this and so I had decided to write to Thayers and to find out what kind of GSE they are using. Their response was something like they know about the problem with GSE and that their supplier guarantees that their GSE doesn not contain synthetic ingredients. So I asked them for the name of their supplier (maybe it was a bit rude to do this but I wanted to be sure) or any kind of certificate or test results which would prove that the GSE they are using is harmless. Their answer was that they cannot tell me the name of the supplier and that they take pride in their products and in telling the truth…
    I find this a little bit worrying because why wouldn’t they publicly announce on their website that their GSE is harmless? So now I don’t know whether to trust their word… Have you researched Thayers’ Witch Hazel ingredients or do you know anything about it?
    I’m really sorry for the long message and I know you can’t make the decision for me whether to use Thayers products. But I wanted to ask you because I was looking forward to using witch hazel so much and you seem to do careful research before using a product. Also, I wanted to let you know about GSE in case you didn’t know.
    Anyways, keep up the good work and thank you so much!!!

    1. hi janine! what a great thing to bring up! i actually was in contact with Thayer’s for a bit awhile back, and had the same “assurance” experience you did. i think you raise a valid concern about GSE containing synthetic preservatives and even i wouldn’t mind asking them again. let’s do that and see what we can dig up πŸ™‚

      1. That’s a great idea, thank you!! I was fighting with myself to use their witch hazel anyway, but after hearing about the problem with GSE, I just couldn’t do it 😦

  5. Hi Alex,
    First of all, I love your blog and I’ve switched to no poo about three months ago. Although my hair hasn’t shown any signs of getting less oily and I’m having a really hard time transitioning, I’m trying to stick with the no poo method because I want my hair and body to live without chemicals as much as possible. I also switched to the OCM and love it. Your blog has helped me many times and it’s good to know there are other people being crazy (or rather smart πŸ˜‰ ) enough to stop using commercial shampoo.
    So I read many posts about witch hazel and its uses in your blog and was so excited to buy the one from Thayers, especially because of dandruff, itchy scalp and huge pores. But then I looked at the ingredients and noticed that it contains grapfruit seed extract (GSE).
    My question is, have you ever heard about GSE being a synthetic product and possibly being contaminated with harsh chemicals like parabens and benzalkonium chloride? I recently read about this and so I had decided to write to Thayers in order to find out what kind of GSE they are using. Their response was something like they know about the problem with GSE and that their supplier guarantees that their GSE doesn not contain synthetic ingredients. So I asked them for the name of their supplier (maybe it was a bit rude to do this but I wanted to be sure) or any kind of certificate or test results which would prove that the GSE they are using is harmless. Their answer was that they cannot tell me the name of the supplier and that they take pride in their products and in telling the truth…
    I find this a little bit worrying because why wouldn’t they publicly announce on their website that their GSE is harmless? So now I don’t know whether to trust their word. Have you researched Thayers’ Witch Hazel ingredients or do you know anything about it?
    I’m really sorry for the long message and I know you can’t make the decision for me whether to use Thayers products. But I wanted to ask you because I was looking forward to using witch hazel so much and you seem to do careful research before using a product. Also, I wanted to let you know about GSE in case you didn’t know.
    Anyways, keep up the good work and thank you so much!!

  6. Hey Alex! I love your blog! πŸ˜€

    I live and work on a farm so I sweat A LOT, do you know anyway I could clean myself off without taking a full shower? I’ve been going no-poo since last fall (I really enjoy going no-poo by the way, it works really well for my breakage-prone hair! πŸ™‚ ), so I have only been taking a shower once every one or two weeks. Plus, what body wash and body mist recipes would you recommend for heavy sweating?

    By the way, have you ever heard of “Soap Nuts”? I’ve been planning on trying them out, but I’d really love your opinion on them. They’re supposedly an all natural soap, detergent, and shampoo that have been used by native people in Asia as well as Native Americans for long time.

    Thanks!

    1. thanks so much!! i’m a huge fan of yours by default for living and working on a farm. much admiration sent your way!
      when you say ‘without taking a full shower’, do you mean you don’t want soap/etc, or you don’t want to get in the tub every day (either way… doesn’t matter! i’m not in there every day! haha).
      as far as a body mist for heavy sweating, anything with added ACV or citrus oils will help any smells, and will also act as a pseudo-cleanser to the skin. witch hazel (straight or diluted) is also great!
      i personally don’t advise using soap on your body, but i know many people swear by organic soaps and how great they are. maybe that would be a great option for you,too! and yes, i’ve heard soap nuts are great! sadly i’ve never tried them. have any readers here used soap nuts and can share their experiences??

  7. This is amazing timing!! I’m almost out of my old natural deodorant and almost bought one online – you see, I’m terribly sensitive to baking soda and I stress sweat due to anxiety as well, so I haven’t had very good luck with natural and diy deodorants. I’m looking forward to trying this out before buying anything!
    Just one question: where did you ever find peach witch hazel?? :0 Sounds amazing!
    Thank you ❀

    1. I hope you like this recipe, Amelia!! I got it from Thayers. They have a few scents… I only have peach and rose. I believe they have lavender too! Let us know what you try πŸ™‚

    2. I stress sweat horribly too! The coconut oil concoction could carry me through extremely hot weather but in the winter, under layers it just didn’t hold up. And ofcourse those awesome stress sweats. I found a spray deodorant recipe online abut a year ago, though I can’t seem to find a link now. Even my mom, who’s currently going through menopause loves it.
      It uses 2 oz coloidal silver, 2 oz witch hazel (I use an alcohol free witch hazel distillate ), 10 drops of grape fruit seed extract 1 oz of water or rose water, and then just whatever eos you want to scent it. I try to stick with antimicrobial oils myself but have made tons of blends. Right now for Sumner I’m using a citrus blend with just a hint of clove . Lavendar, rosemary and a bit if tea tree is a favorite also.
      This deodorant is seriously so amazing I’m always shocked that people don’t seem to know about it so I just wanted to share hoping it might help others.

  8. Hi Alex, thank you so much for this post, I’m going to try it as soon as possible ! πŸ™‚
    Ummm, and if I might ask something from other topic, what do you think of Herbalife ? It seems to me like in USA people only talk about their Formula 1 shake, but here in Europe it’s mostly recognised as a nutritional company, more than just for weight loss. Aaand I wanted to ask you what do you think about their supplements (like Roseguard, Shizandra, Fiber, Thermojetics tea) and maybe their cosmetics (I’ve only seen their Skin line, and I haven’t recognised any of the harsh chemicals – or maybe I don’t know some, I’m not an expert :D), well I suppose their products are the same worldwide, and they seem pretty great to me, even though they’re a little more pricey…
    Aaaand I’m really sorry to write all this stuff into a COMMENT, but I really care about your opinion about it and I couldn’t find your email… well again I could also be bad at searching πŸ˜€
    So have a nice day, and thanks for your answer πŸ™‚

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