Adventures in Homemade Deodorant

My One Green Thing for February is trying homemade deodorant. Never one to do today what I can put off ’til tomorrow, I just mixed up my first batch last night. While I experiment with it, I thought I’d share the process with you.

I did my research a few weeks ago, and found two recipes that looked promising: this one and this one. Because I like to complicate things, I combined them and improvised a little bit to create my own recipe. Here’s what I used:

  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 old, clean deodorant tube

homemade deodorant diy ingredients

First, I put the coconut oil and beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat to melt. While that did its thing, I combined the arrowroot and baking soda in a glass bowl.

homemade deodorant diy melting

Once the oils were melted and combined, I mixed the whole thing together and added the oils and grapefruit seed extract. Then I mixed it together as well as I could, because lumpy deodorant does not seem like a good thing. Finally, I poured as much as I could into the deodorant tube, which is sitting in my fridge hardening right now. The rest went into a glass jar, that I put upstairs in my room. The theory is that the beeswax should make it hard at room temperature, but we’ll have to see.

homemade deodorant diy results

The whole process took about 10 minutes or so, and the cost of the materials was pretty small. I bought my stick of beeswax at the farmers’ market for $2. I already had the tea tree oil, arrowroot, coconut oil, and baking soda on hand. I bought the grapefruit seed extract and essential oils, and they weren’t cheap, but I used a really small amount. I would say that my DIY deodorant is quite a lot cheaper than the real thing. Now, the only question is: will it work? I’ll report back next week and let you know.

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  1. Ooh, I like your recipe! The beeswax addition is a great idea to help it stay solid.

    I really want to love natural deodorants, but for whatever reason, my pits don’t like baking soda. If I could find a viable alternative for the baking soda, I would be all over this!
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    • I know some people just omit the baking soda with good results. I decided to include it on my first go-around, just on principle, but you could always leave it out. I’ve also heard that arrowroot works better than corn starch.

  2. I have been trying a variety of different natural deodorants for the past year, but still haven’t found one that works for me after I’ve used it daily for a week or so. It is like my body adjusts and then rejects it. I am back to my crystal and so far so good. But I am interested to hear how your homemade one works. And then I might need to try it.

  3. I’m anxious to hear the results! I don’t normally wear deodorant (such a rebel I am) but when I do, I use one that seems really similar to what you’ve made!l… I’d love to try crafting my own as I’m never a fan of the scents available out there. Also, “Because I like to complicate things…” <— LOL!
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  4. I”m dying to know how this works for you! I’ve seen recipes all over Pinterest and I have been wondering how they do.

    This is one area when I have to admit I’m really un-green. I’ve tried the crystal and other “natural deodorants but I always go back to off the store shelf antiperspirants. I’ve tried, I really have, but I just can’t let go of it. I am such a sweaty person, the deodorants don’t cut it.
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    • I’m reserving judgment, because I’ve been burned by ‘natural’ deodorants before, but so far, so good. I’ll let you know if it’s still working in a few days, though.

  5. I started making my own deodorant this past summer and I haven’t turned back. It works amazingly. I used this recipe, which doesn’t require any heating or beeswax.
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    • Thanks for sharing the recipe! The idea is that the beeswax helps it to stay firm in the tube. However, I’m finding that it’s actually somewhat easier to just use my fingers. I’m thinking I may omit the beeswax next time.

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