Homemade Natural Deodorant – That Works!

Homemade Natural Deodorant – That Works!

How to make your own natural deodorant

Homemade All-Natural Deodorant

I’ve always found that deodorant and/or antiperspirant didn’t work for me. No matter what kind, what brand, or how often I put it on, after about an hour of sweating, I smell. (T.M.I?) The only solution I could think of was, “A stronger scent!” so when all the fancy smelling deodorants came out on the market I thought I was saved. Nope. I just smelled like raspberry and green apple scented B.O.

I lived with the bouquets dipped in stink that were my underarms for years until one day my sister (Joc!) told me about the homemade natural variety she was using and how wonderful it was. I was skeptical. If a barrage of chemicals couldn’t do the trick, how in the name of cheeses could something homemade even make a dent?? But what did I have to lose, right? So I tried it. Well I tried a few recipes. After a bit of tinkering I finally found one that worked really well for me. Without further ado, here it is!

Homemade All-Natural Moisturizing Deodorant (That Works!)

*Makes 125 ml (1/2 cup)

Note: In colder temperatures you may want to add a tiny bit of liquid oil, like avocado or olive, to keep the deodorant softer as coconut oil can be pretty firm when cold. This recipe should be fine as is in warmer temperatures, though.

Method: Warm coconut oil and shea butter in a glass submerged in hot water, mashing with a fork as you do, until just melted. Whisk in the remaining ingredients until incorporated. Pour into a shallow jar and let cool at room temperature, shaking every so often to keep the baking soda suspended. Store at room temperature. (Coconut oil melts at about 76 Fahrenheit or 25 Celsius so store in a place cooler than that.)

To use: Mix the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and water in a small spray bottle. Spray diluted ACV on clean underarms then apply deodorant with fingertips on top of it, daily or as needed.

Warning: if you’ve just shaved your underarms, the ACV may sting! You may want to wait a little while but I find as soon as I rub on the deodorant the stinging stops.

You can also use this deodorant without the ACV, but I find it gives you extra odor protection. This is probably because baking soda is a very alkaline substance and throws the pH level of your pits off balance if you use it on its own, and odor-causing bacteria has no trouble with that kind of environment. The vinegar, being acidic, neutralizes your pH level, which then helps kill off the smelly guys. This balancing effect also helps with the irritation issues some folks find are caused by the baking soda in homemade deodorants. ACV apparently can be used as a deodorant all on its own as well, which I can’t personally attest to, but I would assume the effectiveness here is due to the vinegar’s acidity acting as an antibacterial agent. And you can’t go wrong that!

I think it’s also worth noting that based on the other recipes I tried (some didn’t work) the magic ingredient seems to be the Shea butter. The recipes I tried that just used coconut oil as a base were nice but they didn’t stop the stink — not for me anyway. This stuff works so well I usually only need to apply it once a day. I’ve even gone longer than a day and was fine.

A Few Recipe Notes:

  • Tea tree and lavender oil have antibacterial properties so they’re a good choice. You can choose any kind of essential oils you like for their scent, though.
  • You can use cornstarch in place of arrowroot but it’s not as smooth. Arrowroot is preferable.
  • Shea butter is a wonderful moisturizer. It is great on razor bumps and minor cuts as well and therefore the perfect ingredient to add to your deodorant. I find it also adds a bit of a moisture barrier.
  • Try to use organic, unprocessed ingredients where possible to avoid unknown additives and to ensure you’re getting all their natural benefits.
  • This is a deodorant, NOT an antiperspirant. You will still sweat (which is a normal and healthy bodily function) but you won’t smell yucky. Hooray!

Do  everyone a favor and unsmellify yourselves!

Did this recipe work for you? Do you have your own that you swear by? We’d love to hear from you!



0 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Deodorant – That Works!

  1. Hey there
    Where do you get your ingredients? I saw a homemade deodorant at a farmer’s market and they actually had a typical case for it so that you could put it on like a store-bought deodorant. Do you know where you can get containers? I want to try this.


    1. I order some of my ingredients online and the arrowroot flour is available at Bulk Barn.
      I’ve seen the containers online or you could use an old reused one. You have to be careful with that though because it has such a low melting point that you could run into messy issues. Ask Joc about that!
      I was going to try it at first too but you get used to applying with your fingers pretty quickly.

      Containers: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1-10-50-100-200-Empty-Oval-Lip-Balm-Tubes-Deodorant-Containers-Clear-White-15ml-/151238333551?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var&hash=item233681d46f&_uhb=1


      1. Tracy would be referring to the fact that I tried to bring my deodorant to Scotland in a commercial style container and it melted all over everything in my cosmetic bag. Thank god I’m type A about this kind of thing and had my cosmetic bag wrapped in a plastic bag…


  2. After the disaster with the bottles that you sent me I thought of looking online for something that you could use in plastic. I didn’t do a lot of research on it and I know you are big into recycling. These may be recyclable and probably more user friendly when sending through the mail. Check it out!


    By the way I smell a little pepper-minty this morning:)


    1. Thanks! I appreciate you looking into it. I’m sure I can find something better for mailing. I really should have thought better than to send them in glass. I somehow forgot that postal workers throw the packages around like they’re baseballs. I’ll send you some in a tightly sealing plastic container this time. It’ll probably still liquify but that’s ok. It can always be cooled again.


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