Friday, June 18, 2010

Homemade Natural Deodorant

I hate using Commercial deodorant. Everyday that I'm applying it, I think, "I hate this stuff. It's probably killing me." But, store bought natural deodorants don't work for me. I'm a stinky girl. I'm not afraid to admit it. I come by it honestly, I'm a third generation stinky girl (twice removed). My husband uses Tom's of Maine. He likes it.

I saw this recipe for homemade deodorant from Passionate Homemaking, and I read the comments which had people raving about it. So I mixed some up.


5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch ( I used cornstarch)

Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder (or cornstarch). Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. You can either scoop this into your old dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. After applying the product, you can just rub the remains into your hands as a lotion! This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.


I've been using it exclusively for about a month now. I mixed it up right before a camping trip and brought it along. I used it....I sweat....I lounged by the pool sweating all day....I SWAM in said pool....I trekked out in the woods for geocaching....I didn't smell! I told my friend. She asked to use some. She LOVED it, so I gave her some. She told her cousin about it and her cousin asked for some, too. So, I divvied more up for her! My first batch was split 3 ways!

Here's the deal. You will still perspire. You will. But that's's what we're meant to do. But, I've had great results in keeping the smellies at bay. Apparently coconut oil is a natural antibacterial. Mix it with the baking soda and corn starch and it's a miracle!

The website where I found it says you can mix it up to the consistency of regular deodorant and pack it down into an old dispenser. I don't recommend this! If it gets a little warm (say 80*), it liquifies. Still usable, but liquid. Keep it in a little container with a lid, apply it with your fingers.

I can confidently throw away my carcinogenic, metal laden, store bought deodorant....I'm hooked on this stuff!


  1. I'm going to try it. Thanks for the recipe. One question.... does the oil in it not stain your shirts?

  2. I'd kiss you if you were close enough.

    With two aunts with breast cancer and my mother passing of cancer I truly want to rid myself of anything laden with toxins. The natural stuff from the store did not cut if for me as well.

    Thanks Beth.

  3. Sounds interesting. I notice both Todd and I get lots of staining on our shirts from the store bought deodorant. Have you noticed any staining in your clothes or that staining went away or no change?

  4. Hmmmm.... like you I am a stinky girl too. Tom's just doesn't cut it for me although the hubby likes to use that too. I tried it for years but the stink finally won out. Maybe I'll give your coconut concoction a go. Can you mix in lavender oil for scent (also a good antibacterial)??

  5. This is SUCH a great tip, darlin' ! I might just have to try this! I've always been more concerned about NOT being stinky and figured it was worth the risk... But after reading all of these other comments, I can see it's time to wake up and SMELL! like coconut! hee hee If it doesn't work, I'll just eat it!:o)

  6. I love it, too! So glad I was the recipient of one third of your first batch! No more Stinky Girl!

  7. Wow, can't wait to mix some up for myself. My mom has been begging me to stop using deodorant for years, but I just didn't want to stink!

    HAve to try your one commenter's suggestion about lavendar.

    Thanks for sharing.


  8. I made some and added some lavendar oil. I tried it for two days and am convinced. It works! Both days I didn't need to refresh all day. Thanks for sharing this.


  9. Dude! I am SO going to make some of this! I HATE commercial deoderants and the natural ones are useless to me as I also am a "stinky girl". :)


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