Homemade deodorant was my gateway into natural, DIY products and it’s so simple to make that it can be yours too. I started off with just three ingredients back in the day – coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot. And in a pinch, the combination of those three is still very effective, but I’ve found another recipe along the way and I find that it’s less grainy, more moisturizing, easier to apply, and it smells nice too.
Smelling Like Teen Spirit
I very clearly remember being 14 and realizing I had body odor after ballet or going on a run. I was honestly just plain confused but excited to shop for my first antiperspirant deodorant. It was a pink Teen Spirit by Lady Speed Stick to be exact. Looking back, it didn’t really make sense to have suppressed my body’s essential and natural process of perspiration with an antiperspirant. Also, I always wondered why I had to apply it 3-4 times per day when it was supposed to work for 24 hours and at the end of the day my shirts still stank.
When I started changing my diet and eating really clean I realized that the nasty, unattractive stink went away on its own. Nowadays, I just have to apply my homemade deodorant once in the morning and I’m good to go through the whole day, even during exercise. In the winter I can skip a day and it’s no big deal – no stink! Best of all, I don’t reek of artificial fragrance anymore and I’m happier for it.
My Favorite Recipe
- 3 T coconut oil, melted
- 3 T baking soda
- 2 T shea butter, melted
- 2 T arrowroot
Slowly melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a pan over low heat. Transfer to a jar and mix in all the ingredients. After this I put the jar in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to let it harden a bit. Once it’s hardened it will keep at a nice smooth consistency at room temperature.
Feel free to use cocoa butter or mango butter instead of shea butter. You won’t reach the same consistency but the smell will be great. I especially love the rich chocolatey smell of cocoa butter.
You can also use corn starch instead of arrowroot if that’s what you have on hand.
Finally, I sometimes mix in a few drops of lavender essential oil but feel free to include your favorite(s).
Here are some ideas you can use for your own DIY deodorant:
- Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda
- Just coconut oil
- Coconut oil, baking soda, and a little arrowroot powder
- Essential oils for a natural fragrance
- Shea butter to create a creamier texture
- Cocoa butter if you like the smell of chocolate
- Beeswax if you want to make stick deodorant
Heads Up About Making The Switch
Some people experience an adjustment period of a couple weeks when switching from commercial to natural/homemade deodorant. During this initial period there may be some irritation and smelliness in the pits area. I experienced this mildly when I first switched but it went away fairly quickly and now my pits have never been healthier :).
Why Homemade Deodorant?
Here’s a confession – I don’t buy anything at a store unless I’ve Googled all the mystery ingredients, read a few research articles on each and decided that I’m happy spending the money on a good product. That being said, there honestly aren’t many big-brand products that live up to my high expectations. Also, I genuinely enjoy researching natural ingredients, purchasing them from trusted sources, and going the homemade route.
I love the simplicity of this recipe, that it just takes minutes to make, I love the natural smell, and I love feeling peace about what I’m putting on my skin.