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DIY deodorant - 3 recipes for natural, homemade deodorants

Updated on January 27, 2014
Homemade deodorant is healthier than commercial brands.
Homemade deodorant is healthier than commercial brands. | Source

I had read somewhere (probably in the internet) that deodorant use had been
linked to breast cancer because of its aluminum contents. I told my friend
about it and she told me her doctor had told her the same thing. So I figured
it was time to say goodbye to commercial deodorant, and say hello to homemade

It has been about a year since I started using my homemade deodorant. I have
been making my own deodorant at home and loving it! I'm sure once you see how
easy it is to make it yourself you'll never go back to buying another deodorant
stick again.

Make your own deodorant.
Make your own deodorant. | Source

Why are commercial brand deodorants bad?

Store bought deodorants are filled with unpronounceable chemicals. (Have you
tried pronouncing some of those chemicals? I feel like I'm back in first grade
trying to put syllables together!). The bad thing is that all those chemicals
creep into your body and some can wreak havoc after many years of continuous

Another bad thing about commercial brand deodorants is that most of them are
antiperspirant. That means that they stop you from sweating.

"And what's so bad about that?", you may ask.

Well, my friend, your body needs to sweat. Even if it makes you feel like a
pig, you still need to sweat. Sweating is the body's way of getting rid of all
the toxins and other useless stuff floating around in your body.

But don't worry, sweating doesn't necessarily mean body odor...

Why does sweat smell bad?

Sweat is 99% odorless and it is mostly made up of water. It evaporates quickly,
and it leaves no smell behind. However, sometimes our sweat can't evaporate
because of the clothes we wear. In that case, our body feels like it needs to
call on bacteria to help it get rid of the remaining sweat. And that's when we
start smelling. The bacteria that comes to eat the remaining sweat makes us

An easy solution is to wear clothes made of fabric that lets your skin breathe,
such as shirts that are 100% cotton.

So, as you can see, there is no reason to fear sweat.

It's time to say good-riddance to commercial brand deodorant!
It's time to say good-riddance to commercial brand deodorant! | Source

Free radicals from deodorants

Aluminum is easily absorbed by the skin. Once it is inside our bodies, it ionizes and becomes free radicals. Free radicals can travel all over the body and affect:

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Brain
  • Bone marrow
  • Lymphatic system

Free radicals could potentially cause:

  • Convulsions
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney problems
  • Alzheimer's
  • Bone development disorders

Aluminum in commercial brand deodorants

One of the most controversial contents of commercial deodorants is aluminum,
which is mostly found in antiperspirants.

Aluminum stops your glands from sweating by a process that sounds a bit
disturbing. Picture this:

The aluminum ions are taken into the cells. But aluminum ions don't travel
alone. They take water with them. The water, along with the aluminum ions, make
their way into the cell and the cell gets swollen (so much water!)

Because the cell is now swollen, the ducts that take sweat out get so squeezed
that they can no longer release any sweat. So it's like wanting to pee, but not
being able to. (ouch!)

And that's how the cells stop sweat from coming out. Now, imagine that sweat,
with all those toxins staying inside your body. Just the thought of it should
be enough to make you shudder.

Eventually, everything reaches equilibrium and the water from the cells gets
released. It is at this point when you start smelling and need to re-apply the

But all is not lost. You don't have to use commercial brand deodorant. You can
make your own, homemade deodorant and avoid your body all this pain and

Add a bit of beeswax to your coconut oil homemade deodorant to make it solid.
Add a bit of beeswax to your coconut oil homemade deodorant to make it solid. | Source

Which one?

Which of these three recipes are you more likely to try?

See results

Benefits of homemade deodorant

The most obvious benefit of making your own deodorant is that you get rid of
all those harsh chemicals that seep into your body, especially aluminum. But
here's a list of other benefits:

Moisturized armpits. Depending on the ingredients you use, your deodorant can do
more than stop you from smelling. It can make you armpits nice and moisturized,
especially if you do make your diy deodorant with coconut oil.

Better protection. Even though it doesn't stop me from sweating, my sweat does not smell at all! I can go two days without having to re-apply it. (Of course, this will largely depend on the amount of activity you perform.)

No yellow stains. Aluminum is responsible for the nasty, yellow stains on your shirts. Using homemade deodorant will get rid of this problem.

Lasts longer. Yes, homemade deodorant actually lasts longer than store-bought

Can re-apply as often as you want without any side effects.

It doesn't stop your body from getting rid of toxins.


Better for the environment.

How to make your homemade deodorant

There are several recipes out there to make a homemade deodorant. I will start with my favorite one:

Coconut oil homemade deodorant.
Coconut oil homemade deodorant. | Source

Coconut oil homemade deodorant

Coconut oil has many benefits and properties. And now this recipe shows you how to use it even under your armpits.

You will need:

  • 6-8 tbs Coconut oil
  • 4 tbs Baking soda
  • 4 tbs cornstarch
  • 20 drops tea trea oil

*Coconut oil must be solid, not liquid.


  1. Mix all ingredients with a spoon or fork
  2. You're ready to use your deodorant

This type of deodorant has the consistency of cream, so you can apply it on your armpits just as you would apply cream.


Flax seed deodorant

You will need:

  • 100 ml purified water
  • 1 tbs flax seed
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil


  1. Place water and flax seed in a pot and allow it to boil
  2. Once water is boiling, remove from heat and strain the flax seed. Keep the
  3. water.
  4. Add the baking soda to the flax water
  5. Add essential oil
  6. Place in spray bottle
  7. Shake before each use.

Witch hazel homemade deodorant keeps you fresh and dry all day long.
Witch hazel homemade deodorant keeps you fresh and dry all day long. | Source

Witch Hazel deodorant

You will need:

  • 100 ml water
  • 4 tbs of dried rosemary leaves
  • 20 ml of pure vodka
  • 10 drops of witch hazel
  • 5 drops of favorite essential oil


  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. When water is boiling, add dried rosemary leaves and remove from heat
  3. Let rest for 10 minutes with a lid on
  4. When water is cold, add vodka, witch hazel and essential oil.
  5. Place in a clean, spray container
  6. Use as needed.

This homemade deodorant keeps your skin dry and fresh all day long.

These are just 3 of the many recipes for homemade deodorant. Play around with
the different ingredients until you find the one that works best for you. As
you see, there is no need for buying deodorant any more. Make it yourself, save
money, save the environment and save your body from using harsh chemicals.

Happy experimenting!


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    • Oluwatoyin Obinyan profile image


      7 weeks ago from Nigeria

      Great tip! I have tried a coconut oil recipe, so great!

    • Catie Stacey profile image

      Catherine Berry 

      23 months ago from Belgrade

      I am definitely going to try out the coconut oil deodorant. Thanks for the recipe!

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      2 years ago

      How much beeswax would one add to make this a solid stick? I’ve been wanting to make my own deodorant for a while now, but can’t see myself applying paste everyday.

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      5 years ago

      Hi Andrea,

      it's 4 tablespoons.

      Thanks for reading.

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      5 years ago

      Are you using 4 tablespoons or teaspoons of the baking soda and corn starch in the first recipe?

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      6 years ago

      Hi Kukata Kali:

      Thank you very much!

    • Kukata Kali profile image

      Kukata Kali 

      6 years ago

      Loved this and shared it on my FB. Voted you up too~

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      6 years ago

      Hi Erorantes:

      Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

    • erorantes profile image

      Ana Maria Orantes 

      6 years ago from Miami Florida

      Thank you miss Sylver. You are fantastic. You did a good job. I like your article.

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      6 years ago

      Hi Jessbraz:

      I've been using the coconut oil deodorant for some time now and I love it! I've given some to my friends and they keep comin back for more. I hope you give it a try to see if it also works for you. Thank you for reading and commenting!

    • JessBraz profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      I enjoyed this hub. I've been doing a lot of reading online lately (and thanks to Pinterest a lot of pinning!) about how to do just about everything more naturally. Which is why this hub caught my eye. I tried to make my own deodorant from a recipe I found on pinterest about three weeks ago.. but I lasted about two days before I gave up and ran out to buy some Secret. I live in Canada and it's starting to get cold, so I'm wearing several layers of clothing now- and though I wasn't smelly, I certainly wasn't very dry under my three layers of shirts. It was quite uncomfortable. :( ... The recipe I tried was similar to your coconut recipe, except it just has coconut oil and baking soda, so it was quite awkward to put on.

      I just bought myself some tea tree oil a few days ago- so maybe I'll try again with your recipe. :) ... I'll try using the beeswax too.

      Awesome job.

      Keep up the good work.



    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      6 years ago

      Hi JG11Bravo:

      You should definitely try it. I had a friend who developed some kind of allergic reaction to deodorants. She has been using her own DIY deodorant, and she says she's never going back.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • JG11Bravo profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting. Good information, and I admit you've got me curious about making deodorant, especially since I've had allergic reactions to store-bought stuff in the past.


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