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Homemade Deodorant


After many years of searching for a store-bought deodorant that works for my body, I have resigned myself to admitting defeat.  And in order to pick myself up, I decided to (finally) learn how to make my own!


A few months ago, I was browsing some of my favorite blogs and I saw a post on Homemade Wellbeing by Kristina.  She had written about making her own deodorant and how successful it had been for her.  She made it sound so easy and I was inspired to finally get off my butt and do something about my deodorant situation.  Check out her post here!

Off I went to the Crunchy Betty website to read about making deodorant at home.  I almost fell off my chair when I saw how easy it is!  With nothing in my way, I was off to the races.  Click here to see the recipe that I used.

Making my Own Deodorant

It was really easy.  I followed the recipe on the Crunchy Betty site to the letter and I was not disappointed.

First, I took some coconut oil and some sweet almond oil and infused with dried chamomile and calendula flowers.  She recommends that you leave it alone to infuse for a couple of weeks.  I ended up getting a little busy and it sat there for about 7 weeks.  It wasn’t a problem.  If anything, the oil came out with a stronger infusion of the flowers.

Infused Oil

Infused Oil

Second, I strained the oil.  I ended up getting about 8 tablespoons of oil.

Strained Oil

Strained Oil

Third, I mixed in equal parts of arrowroot powder and baking soda.  You use 1/4 cups and 2 tablespoons of each one.   Stir well.

Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Deodorant

And Voila, you’re done!

Testing my Own Deodorant

It was easy to make, but did it work?

I tested it for 10 days.  I applied it once each day, in the morning after my shower.

During that time, I continued with my daily routine just like normal.  This included things like my Jillian Michaels workouts (there’s a lot of sweating involved in those!) and long walks in the sun with my little boy.  I even used it when I was around other people!

This deodorant worked for me for every single minute of the ten-day trial. That’s more than I can say for any of the other store-bought deodorants I have ever tried.  It simple works perfectly with my body!

I did find that the mixture separated in the jar throughout the day.  So, I kept a small spatula on hand so that I could give it a vigorous stir before applying it in the morning.

Three Jars of Homemade Deodorant

Three Jars of Homemade Deodorant

One Huge Step Forward

Finding a natural deodorant to use has been a long time coming for me.  I’ve learned how to make many of my own skin care products, like lotion, cream and soap, over the past couple of years.  I’m so excited to have a product that works for me.  It’s got a handful of ingredients, it’s easy to make and most importantly, it works for me!  The only drawback for me with this deodorant is the need to mix it up again each morning.  Perhaps I’ll have to keep experimenting with the recipe.

Do you use a homemade or natural deodorant?  If you do, what’s YOUR secret for the perfect product?

58 thoughts on “Homemade Deodorant

  1. Loved the deodorant! Something soothing about rubbing a balm on your pits. 🙂

  2. How awesome!!!!! I am not sure how I feel about having to apply it by hand but your tiny spatula idea sounds good. Does it have a strong smell?

  3. I wonder if a small amount of beeswax would help keep it together for you so you don’t have to keep mixing it up.

  4. Perhaps keeping it in the refrigerator will help the mixture stay solid and not separating, Brava!

  5. I have never done this myself, but I think it’s awesome! It’s great when you can make your own versions of products because then you know EXACTLY what goes into them. I will definitely have to try this idea!

  6. lol, I’ve come across so many posts about making your own deodorant. Maybe its a sign. I am so going to try this!!! #gigbloggers

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  7. That’s great! I am glad you tried it! I can’t believe how well it works. I cycle to work everyday and arrive fresh even if I sweat a bit. None of the deodorants worked so well, especially in the summer 🙂

    Thanksso much for mentioning me in your lovely post 🙂

  8. Wow! Sounds great! I’d love to try it out. 🙂

  9. You are SO ridiculously creative! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea, I feel like it’s a must try! ❤

  10. Wow that’s a great creative craft! 😀 Loves it!

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  11. Alia.. I must say that you are super talented gurl ! I wish I were there to try out this deodrant coz I’m desperately in search of a natural one here 🙂 Do you by any chance Fedex it ?? 😉 I would really love to try it 🙂

  12. does it leave any residue on your clothes?

  13. You are a darling Alia!! Thank you sooooo much!! I was searching something like this for so long! Especially because the store bought deos don’t work for me 😦 Thanks a lot for this! Bookmarked and when I try this out, I will let you know how this turned out 🙂

  14. OMG! What a wonderful DIY!!! I can never find a good an natural deodorant!


  15. Oh, this is perfect! My Mom was thinking of making a natural deodorant.

  16. Oooh so this comes in a balm or cream form? It’s so interesting that this is all-natural! You really have a knack for making natural, homemade skincare products.

  17. Always store bought! Perhaps my aunt can make homemade, she has a soap business.

  18. If I could, I’d give you the “Super-creative Person” Award. I hate to agree but store deodorants don’t work fine with me either. They either have a very strong smell, leaves stain or fades off within an hour or so. It’s so great that you could prepare your name and as Casey pointed out, you know exactly what went into it. All the store deos, no matter how great or pricy are, always have some sort of chemicals or bad things in them. No wonder people complain of itchiness or burning sensations. From the looks of yours, it seems like a solid mass. Does it melt during high-temperatures?

    • Thanks! The oils tend to separate throughout the day in the jar. So, I definitely have to stir it before applying it each day.
      I really love being able to avoid the store bought products. It’s a great feeling to know exactly what I’m putting on my skin!

  19. Now if you poured it into a roller ball bottle, it’d be perfect! Or would the consistency be too thick for such an applicator?

  20. you are so clever, I absolutely love DIY! 😀

  21. I’m so glad you found something that worked! I’ll have to give this a try. THank you so much for sharing.

  22. looks so interesting, will try this someday 🙂 thank you

  23. you got it, omg youre such a clever and creative person, should i give you a nobel for everything that you can make? lol

  24. I love that you make your own stuff all the time! This looks fun and I hope to make something similar in the future. Ps the first picture looks like spiders!

  25. i’m going to have to try your recipe out!! 😀 i wil let you know how it goes 😉

  26. Love the idea.
    I am never happy with shop bought one so maybe one day I will create my own… I so wish for more time in the day

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