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How to make all natural deodorant

Updated on August 24, 2014
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How to make the best natural deodorant

Until about a year ago I didn't care too much about the deodorant I use. Since learning I have some genetic mutations (MTHFR), that affect my detoxification that has changed a lot. It is fairly simple to make all natural deodorant as it requires few ingredients and steps I have known in the past about aluminum being in many commercial deodorants but now know that it can be a potent neurotoxin and for someone with impaired detoxification capacity it should be avoided at all costs.

I have borrowed heavily from this recipe: but have adjusted it some. I have not used as much baking soda, and you could even use less baking soda.

I find baking soda often has a bad reaction with a lot of people (myself included). There are some things that are optional such as using essential oils. Essential oils can enhance and make the deodorant better (and smell better) but I have yet to put it in my deodorant that I make. This following article is on how to make the best natural deodorant, which you can adjust or mess around with to find what works for you.

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Ingredients/tools you will need

Things you will need


Coconut oil
Shea butter
baking soda
Arrowroot/tapioca/corn starch/flour
essential oils (optional)

empty deodorant sticks
double boiler (something to boil water in and a bowl/something that can be heated up)

How to make natural deodorant video

Recipe for best natural deodorant

The following is the recipe for the best natural deodorant:

Items needed:
3 T Coconut Oil
1 T Baking Soda
2 T Shea Butter
4 T Arrowroot/tapioca starch/cornstarch
Essential Oils (optional)

How to make:

1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler and mix thoroughly
2. Remove from heat and add in baking soda and arrowroot
3. Mix well
4. Add essential oils (16 drops or so, not much), mix and transfer to deodorant stick (or whatever you are storing it in) with funnel
5. Fill up the deodorant sticks to almost full with some space, and leave them standing up and with a paper towel underneath just in case any drips or spills

You can adjust it if needed (especially with baking soda) but in my opinion this recipe is the best natural deodorant recipe I could find or make.


ARGO Cornstarch, 35 Ounce
ARGO Cornstarch, 35 Ounce

Cornstarch used in the deodorant


Benefits of using natural deodorant

There are many benefits of using natural deodorant. Many conventional deodorants use chemicals and additives which aren't so safe to use. There are a few natural deodorants but its just as simple to make it yourself. A big benefit of using an all natural deodorant is not worrying about aluminum or other chemicals which can even affect people mentally. People often find it works better then conventional deodorants.

Knowing what ingredients are in your deodorant and products you use in your home is important so that you don't create a toxic environment, especially in the case of someone with detoxification issues or chemical sensitivity which is becoming more common. I was on a paleo diet for some time before I started using all natural deodorant. When changing over to a paleo diet or real food diet, its important to cleanse not only your body and mind but also your household and to live more naturally as well to get the best results.

You can also technically eat all these ingredients (to prove how safe they are), though I wouldn't personally recommend it.

Baking soda

ARM & HAMMER Pure Baking Soda 8 oz (Pack of 6)
ARM & HAMMER Pure Baking Soda 8 oz (Pack of 6)

Baking soda, which is the main deodorizing agent in the deodorant.


Using baking soda

Since making this version of natural deodorant I have found that baking soda may be potentially bothersome to those with sensitive skin. It's possible to replace baking soda with something else in order to add a deodorizing agent.

You can also use a small amount, I put one tablespoon but you could even use less than that. I will in the future develop or borrow a recipe that doesn't use baking soda. A good brand of natural deodorant to use is Tom's of Maine line of deodorants.

Funnel set

Nopro Plastic Funnel, Set of 3
Nopro Plastic Funnel, Set of 3

This is optional for if you don't already have a set but help to transfer the deodorant into the deodorant sticks



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      Reid 3 years ago

      The most effective deodorant that I have ever used is Ozone Layer Deodorant, it also happens to be all natural. It's just Shea butter and beeswax infused with oxygen, eliminating the bacteria that cause odor in the first place. It is so effective that you can apply it after you already experience some body odor, its incredible. Check it out at

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      jheldt 4 years ago from USA

      haven't heard of lavillin but i will look into it :P

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      Erin 4 years ago

      Agreed with Annie! I LOOOOVE Lavilin! I think it's a fantastic all-natural product.

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      Annie 4 years ago

      I'm a very satisfied Lavilin customer. Been using it for years and think it's a great brand. I buy their foot cream and their underarm cream; my husband uses their roll-on since it's less work to get it on. Couldn't be happier!