DIY deodorant is a super simple and effect natural homemade deodorant made from only three ingredients. This baking soda deodorant is really easy to make and will leave you odor-free all day. Follow my tips below to make your own natural homemade deodorant.
To make this natural deodorant you will need: coconut oil, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, baking soda, and essential oils (optional).
This post was updated December 2018
Yep I said it! This might sound really weird and I’m only slightly a hippie. But have you ever read the back label of commercial deodorant? My theory is if you can’t pronounce it or it doesn’t look familiar you probably shouldn’t be putting it in or on your body. I have been on a quest, pretty much since getting married, to live a more natural lifestyle. This includes food, body products, and cleaning products. Which has brought me to DIY deodorant.
I was pretty reluctant at first about trying to create my own deodorant, because I’m a pretty smelly person (TMI… it is a deodorant post after all). The most important aspect of this is does it really work?
Is it REALLY effective? O yea! For reals, it is super effective. I work at a gymnastics place in town, where there is no AC and I get so gross and sweaty all the time. When using this DIY deodorant I never stink and I’m one of those people that if I don’t wear deodorant I get really stinky.
Why should you switch to natural deodorant?
Conventional deodorants contain many harmful ingredients I, personally, like to avoid. Artificial fragrances, which have been linked to endocrine disruption. To aluminum which may have a negative impact on our health. One thing though, this deodorant does not contain aluminum which is an antiperspirant. The cornstarch helps reduce sweat, but you will still get a little sweaty.
Conventional deodorants may contain many chemicals like toxic fragrances, phthalates, and parabens (these have been linked to breast cancer), and are all known hormone disrupters. What we put on our skin can be absorbed right into the blood stream (about 60%) without being filtered through the liver and digestive system like the food we put into our body does
The underarm area has very sensitive tissue and many hormone receptors. According to Philip Harvey, Ph.D, many chemicals that are found in deodorant are stored in the fat cells in your armpit (source). If these chemicals are harmful, they could be stored there. One study took samples from women with breast cancer, and 99% of the samples tested positive for at least one type of paraben, and 60% of tissues tested positive for all five parabens (source). That’s crazy.
Aluminum may also be a concern, although there is no has been no proven “direct” link to breast cancer, some studies showing that there is an increase in breast cancer in the area where aluminum containing deodorants would be applied in the underarm area (source).
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DIY Deodorant Tips
- Use a germ fighting essential oil to help fight bacteria in you underarm area (see below for recommendations)
- If you are having a difficult time mixing the ingredients together, just melt the coconut oil and then allow it to harden.
- Keep this stored in a cool dry place.
- I would recommend applying this with your finger tips. I’ve found it works better.
Homemade Deodorant Ingredients
- 1/4 cup baking soda – baking soda is used to block odor.
- 1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot – helps reduce sweat
- 5-6 Tbs coconut oil – as the base to carry the rest of the ingredients. Coconut oil also has an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal property to is.
- 5- 20 drops Tea Tree oil or other essential oil. I like to use anti-bacterial essential oils which help make you smell pretty, fight odor, and reduce bacteria growth.
How To Make Natural DIY Deodorant
Follow the simple step-by-step tutorial below on how to make your own homemade deodorant.
Gather ingredients. Combine baking soda and corn starch.
Slowly mix in coconut oil and essential oil with a fork or mixer.
Place in old deodorant stick and place in fridge (coconut oil is liquid when the temp is around 74 degrees). Or you can just put it in a small glass or plastic jar and use your hand to apply, which I think works way better than putting in the old deodorant container, because you can put more on.
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- Homemade Hair Gel is freaking amazing. The best soft curls.
- Easy Sugar Scrub is also fabulous way to exfoliate naturally.
- This DIY Foaming Hand Soap is a staple in our house.
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DIY Deodorant Recipe
DIY Deodorant With Baking Soda
- Combine baking soda and corn starch. Slowly mix in coconut oil and tea tree oil with a fork or mixer. Place in old deodorant stick and place in fridge ( coconut oil is liquid when the temp is around 74 degrees). Or you can just put it in a small glass or plastic jar and use your hand to apply, which I think works way better than putting in the old deodorant container, because you can put more on.
So not only will this save you money, it will also help you be healthier and more natural!
DIY Deodorant FAQ
Is DIY deodorant effective?
Heck yes! This is seriously the best working, most effective natural deodorant I’ve found.
How long does homemade deodorant last?
This will last at least 6 months to a year without issue.
What essential oils should I use in DIY Deodorant?
I like to choose anti-bacterial (tea tree, germ destroyer, oregeno, eucalyptus, etc) and pretty smelly essential oils like grapefruit. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition always make sure your
How to harden DIY deodorant?
Coconut oil melts at 74 degrees, so if you want to keep it hard (like if you are putting it into a deodorant container) than keep it in the fridge to stay nice and cold.
How to keep homemade deodorant from melting?
Usually during the winter months this would not be a problem as the house never gets warm enough to melt. But during the warmer months, this may become an issue. Like stated above, you can keep this DIY deodorant in the fridge to prevent it from melting.
What is the best natural deodorant?
This one duh. Haha jk. But I love this one. If you need a deodorant for sensitive, try this one that is also really effective.
How to apply homemade deodorant?
Take a small amount into your finger tips and rub into your armpits. Or keep it on a deodorant tube in the fridge and apply like you would regular deodorant.
This deodorant gives me a rash. What do I do?
Okay, I feel ya. After years of using this deodorant I had this same issue, so I made the switch to a baking soda free deodorant and then created another one (cause why not;) ). This deodorant may cause a rash in some people because it could possibly through your ph levels off.
I don’t want to make my own deodorant. What are good store-bought natural deodorants?
I’ve heard really good things about Schmidt’s and Primal Pit (both contain baking soda), and Meow Meow Tweet (no baking soda).
What should I store homemade deodorant in?
There are so many options! I prefer glass containers. These 4 oz mason jars work well. But plastic storage containers or reused and cleaned deodorant tubs also work (if you keep it in the fridge).
Have you ever tried to make your own DIY deodorant? What was your experience?