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Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really WORKS!!!

on April 13 | in DIY Beauty | by | with 258 Comments

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The Summer of Stink

Back in college I was always warning Daddypotamus about the toxins he was putting into his body, namely cigarettes and Taco Bueno (Gasp! I know, I can’t believe he ate Taco Bueno either!! :)) Well, to show me that my concerns were being taken seriously he decided to take steps to ease the toxic burden on his body.

By giving up deodorant. In the summer. In TEXAS.

Not the “sacrifice” I would have chosen, but it was pretty clever on his part. Rather than give up something that would bother him, he ditched the product whose absence would bother me. A lot. That, ahem, was the beginning of my journey to find a non-toxic deodorant that can handle the manliest of  smells. Most commercially sold deodorants contain a slew of toxic chemicals you don’t want in your body and even “natural” deodorants like crystal stones and sprays contain potassium aluminum sulfate (which has been linked with Alzheimer’s disease). The ones that are truly non-toxic typically lose their effectiveness after a few hours.

But  wait, why was I worrying about this in the first place? It’s not like he was eating his old deodorant?

“Our skin is less of a suit of armor, and more of a fishnet. Our delicate skin cells are quite permeable, and substances seep through our very being and end up in our blood stream with ease. Think of the nicotine patch or the hormone patch. Scientists now realize just how easy it is to filter and flow substances into our core . . . many personal care products like perfume, deodorant, hair dye, and nail polish remover can also be a source of toxic, skin-leaching chemicals. Home cleaning products, too, contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to the skin.”

~ You Are What You Eat

After scouring the Web, what we arrived at was a cheap, non-toxic solution so simple you’ll laugh at yourself for ever buying into the commercial hype. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. This recipe has been tested in the badlands of husband arm pit, and has proven its worth.

Are you ready to kiss your store-bought deodorants goodbye? Alright, here’s the recipe!

How To Make Man-Smell Killer Deodorant

Ingredients: 

Instructions: 

  1. Mix equal parts baking soda and either arrowroot powder or GMO-free cornstarch. I use about ½ cup baking soda and 1/2 cup arrowroot.
  2. Blend with coconut oil until moist and then store in a jar.
  3. Seriously. That’s it.
  4. If you want to get fancy, though, add a little essential oil for scent.

Quick Tips: Rub a SMALL amount in using your fingertips until it’s invisible. It works that well! (Plus if you cake it on it can leave oil stains on your clothes). Store in a clean glass jar.

Also, some people find that the baking soda is too alkaline for their skin, which can cause irritation. If this happens try cutting the amount of baking soda in half and using more arrowroot/cornstarch.

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258 Responses to Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really WORKS!!!

  1. Kristine says:

    Yeah! Thanks for posting this! I’ve tried two aluminum free deodorants including Tom’s and Terra Naturals. They don’t work very well on me.

    • Heather says:

      You’re so welcome . . . and just in time for summer!

      • Scarlett says:

        since there are so many posts about rashes and burns and such, why not post a reproportioned and “substitute” ingedredient recipe for us “make a change in the recipe” challenged ones?? I would like to see something that uses something other than baking soda.

  2. Lizzy says:

    I love that you are doing this blog! I started a similar one after Dutch was born, but then life took over and I had to abandon it. :). So… You just slather this on with your hand? Does it cake or leave white marks? I love that it’s coconut oil, I will wear or eat just about anything with coconut in it. :) gonna give it a try!!

    • Lizzy, consistency is a big deal. We’ve made it too greasy a few times and too dry maybe once. So getting the proportions right is pretty important.

      If the proportions are right, it will be of a similar consistency to to most roll-on deodorants. I just take a swipe with my finger tip, like i would if I were getting the last bit of jelly from a jar. I use my index finger to apply it.

      We’ve probably used this recipe for 9 months to a year. I’ve had one experience when a dark shirt was stained by white marks. I’m not sure what happened on that particular instance. Either the consistency was wrong or I applied too much, I suppose.

      It has a faint pleasant smell, which I like, and completely eliminates odor. As for application, just cover the surface area. Spread on thin. It’s worked for me in the most minimal amounts, as long as I don’t skip any surface area. :)
      .-= Daniel (Daddypotamus)´s last blog ..Gift of Administration? I Hope Not =-.

      • Becky says:

        Daniel, thank you for the man’s insite. Can you tell me about how much coconut oil you use? I’ve made my own before, but it ended up too dry. I like lavender in mine and it works very well (when I can get it out of the container). I’d like to get my hubby off of regular deodorant.

        • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

          Becky, We do it by feel. More is typically needed in the winter months because cooler temperatures harden the oil.

    • Heather says:

      Thanks, Liz. Daniel practically forced me to start this blog and now he can’t keep me away from it! Apparently I have a lot more opinions than I realized ; – )

  3. thanks for posting this! i’ve been meaning to ask you for the recipe! i’ve actually got 2 unused sticks of deodorant (aside from the 2 we’re currently using ) that i’m gonna take back for a refund! maybe that will pay for the coconut oil! question: how do i know if my cornstarch is GMO-free? and um, how do you apply it out of the jar?
    .-= Joanna Moore´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday! =-.

    • Heather says:

      It will say GMO free on the container. We have to buy ours at Whole Foods. Sprouts might carry it, too. To apply, just use your fingertips and then wash your hands.

  4. thanks for reminding me…I need to make this!
    .-= Hannah Tallo´s last blog ..7th Generation Product Giveaway! =-.

  5. Also I would love a post on lunch ideas, with it just being Ava and I at home for lunch I need ideas. I don’t like spending lots of time making lunch but we don’t usually have lots of leftovers to use either. Any suggestions you have would be great!
    .-= Hannah Tallo´s last blog ..7th Generation Product Giveaway! =-.

  6. Kate Cole says:

    This works GREAT! Scott LOVES it and still smells like a pina colada even after a long day at work. I on the other hand, got terrible alkaline burns. I tried making it with just arrowroot and coconut oil and then discovered that I am allergic to coconut! Bummer! I guess I am doomed to stink forever.

    • Heather says:

      That’s awful. I know it’s not as antibacterial as coconut oil, but what about olive oil? I’ve never tried it but it would probably work.

        • Heather says:

          That could work! Since it tends to be pretty solid you might want to blend in a little olive oil so it rubs on smoothly, but cocoa butter sounds very soothing!

          • Michelle says:

            Thanks so much for this recipe. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and it works great. I like it better than store bought “natural” deodorants which gave me a rash. During the colder months (most of the year for me) I add a bit of olive oil like you mentioned above and that does make it very easy to spread. I just started adding lemon oil and between the smell of coconut and lemon, it smells so good it makes me want to eat it.

    • Vanessa says:

      Just thought I might add my two cents in here. You might want to just give up shaving your pits altogether (legs too!). I did about 20+ years ago and once in a blue moon I need to use deodorant to stave off odor. Before when I shaved regularly I had to use deodorant every day twice a day practically. And if you are worried sbout hubby’s thinking on not shaving…mine LOVES it! Now I save on deo and razors! And time! Hated shaving anyway!

      • Scarlett says:

        intersing post :-) when I was growing up in germany, shaving was unheard of. Even now, in Europe, unshaved pits and legs are the norm, lol

        • Frédéric Dubois says:

          In my experience, this is very untrue. I’m from Flanders, Belgium and for women the norm is definitely cleanly shaven armpits. Women make strange faces at other women with unshaven armpits. As far as I can tell, this seems to be the same in France and probably other European countries as well. Perhaps the older generations (people now aged 60+) have less of a problem with it, but below: in general, no.

      • alli says:

        I’ve had the opposite experience. I shave but between shaves I’ve found that the hair really holds odor, more than bare skin and is irritating/ouchy for me to bpot!

  7. so i’ve been thinking about this today, and the quote about our skin being like a fishnet makes total sense! and it got me wondering: what is the best thing to use for other toiletries? like shampoo/conditioner, body/face wash, toothpaste, moisturizer/sunscreen, hand/dish soap, shaving cream, etc?

    oh and how much of this do you make at a time, and how long does it last?
    .-= Joanna Moore´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday! =-.

    • Heather says:

      Hey Joanna, nice to see your face on here! We put our deodorant in a small caper jar and it last for months. You might start with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of arrowroot to start out so you can play with the consistency. It’s hard to work with anything smaller from a measuring standpoint.

      Oh, on other products . . . good point! We have changed all the products in our house. There are a lot of options so that will have to be another post.

  8. Tracey says:

    So, another question for you on this…do you melt the coconut oil first or use it in it’s solid form? About how much of a ratio of coconut oil to the dry ingredients? My daughter has used all kinds of deodorants and nothing will keep her odor free…I am interested to try this and also like the idea of it being natural ingredients. Thanks in advance

    • Heather says:

      Tracy, coconut oil is liquid at our house’s normal room temperature, so I don’t melt it. It would probably be a good idea though just to help it blend better. You’ll have to play with the ratio. Just start with a small amount and keep adding until all the dry ingredients form a ball. If it seems too oily at first don’t worry. The consistency will even out in about a week and lasts for a long time.

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  11. Jessica Bennett Espinoza via FB says:

    I HAVE tried every natural deoderant under the sun and so far have only found ONE that actually works – it’s from LUSH cosmetics. I can’t wait to give yours a try! :)

  12. Can’t wait to try it. The stuff from lush doesn’t work for me!

  13. Katie Johnson via FB says:

    I love this recipe! Have been using it in hot and humid SC for about three months and it works great.

  14. Lisa Rogers via FB says:

    Excellent! thank you! :)

  15. Amy Torres-Watts via FB says:

    I use the same recipe and love it. Unfortunately my husband says it makes his underarms burn. Maybe the coconut oil is detoxing all of the bad chemicals from his regular deodorant?

  16. what!?!? that’s all? SO SIMPLE I can’t wait to try this out! I literally have 8 different deodorants collecting dust on my bathroom counter because none of them really work! The best part about this recipe is I have all that stuff in my pantry already :)

  17. It makes my underarms burn too, but it works really well other than that. I think it’s the baking soda for me. Too alkaline?

  18. Ann MacInnis Smith via FB says:

    I’ll check that out, hope it works

  19. @Amy – I agree with Julie that it may be too alkaline for him. It may help to alternate with apple cider or incorporate it into the deodorant somehow for a more tailored ph balance – for more info check out this article on ph balancing http://www.livestrong.com/article/264776-body-odors-ph-balances/

  20. Melanie Padron via FB says:

    I agree that baking soda will do the trick… And I live tx. I make a paste out of it w water… Ill have to try coconut oil!!!

  21. Christine Judd via FB says:

    I will have to try that. This one has worked the best for me so far: http://www.iherb.com/Home-Health-Herbal-Magic-Roll-On-Deodorant-Jasmine-Scent-3-fl-oz-89-ml/6463?at=0

  22. @Katie – Yay! So glad to hear it’s working for you!

  23. @Melissa – I was shocked when I realized how simple it was, too :)

  24. Denise Lee via FB says:

    Just made it and can’t wait to give it a test! Driving our jeep with no AC is a good enough test, don’t you think? I’m so happy to find easy and CHEAP ways to go natural. Helps when you’re making the investment on grass-fed meats, organics, etc. to save where you can. Thanks for sharing. My husband has been using a deodorant stone for over 10 years, but I’m going to try to convert him…;)

  25. I tried some made with tis recipe and unfortunately got painful burns on my underarms. :-( It worked great other than that though.

  26. Corey Dowden Burge via FB says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  27. @Anna-Marie – I’m so sorry! Been doing some research on this and I think the problem is the deodorant is too alkaline for some people. I would try reducing the amount of baking soda and increasing the arrowroot.

  28. Melodie says:

    I love this Heather! I have been using a crystal deodorant for years but I find if I drop them they crack and break and before I know it I am throwing them out when I know they are supposed to last a long time. I will definitely try this!

  29. IT TOTALLY WORKS! I have almost the same recipe and just shared mine again also (in honor of my working out again)! Great minds think alike. ;)

  30. For all of the people too sensitive to the baking soda, many people do well with straight coconut oil!

  31. Great suggestion, 20 Something! Thanks!

  32. I love the combination of coconut oil and cornstarch. I can attest to the fact that it really does work!

  33. PS: The coconut oil stops the stink (I think the cornstarch helps, too), but the cornstarch helps with the perspiration. Keeps you dry. Without the cornstarch (or arrowroot as you suggest) I end up wet. Not stinky, but not dry.

  34. I like coconut oil plus cornstarch. Cornstarch really keeps me dry.

  35. CHEESESLAVE – Thanks, Ann Marie!

  36. Denise Lee via FB says:

    Okay, this stuff is AMAZING! I’m officially hooked;) Thanks for sharing it!

  37. i think we are going to try this!

  38. Abbey Byrd says:

    Hi, I’m so eager to try this! My husband on the other hand is a little more reluctant. I did have one question, do you know if arrowroot is safe to use during pregnancy? Thanks!
    ~Abbey

  39. Charlotte says:

    Ok, I just had to come back and tell you how impressed I am with this. I actually made it a few weeks ago but didn’t dare try it at work and I forgot all about it. Today I did a test run. It’s 27oC outside which is about as hot as it gets in England. I drove an hour in my little unairconditioned Peugeot, then lugged a big trolley around Ikea for an hour, then drove the hour home. I smell lovely! Like shower gel, the one I used this morning I guess. Not only that, I am surprisingly dry. I didn’t realise until today how sticky normal deodorants make me. Thank you so much! I am going to attack my boyfriend with it when he gets home!

    • Heather says:

      Yay! I love to get comments like this, Charlotte! Thank you for letting me know!

      • Charlotte says:

        I just popped back to check the recipe for my next batch and saw your reply. I used this stuff in Texas during the drought / heat wave at the end of August (visiting family). No stink. And… I feel like I dealt with the heat better. I know it sounds odd, but I actually found it strangely satisfying to sweat, I felt perfectly comfortable on the occasions when my underarms were wet because I knew I still smelled nice and I really did feel the cooling benefits of getting a bit sweaty! I used up an old can of deodorant recently because I’d run out of bicarb and I hated it. That stuff smells SO strong and it feels really synthetic.

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  43. caroline says:

    I am DEFINITELY going to try this! I’ve been trying to find the perfect natural deodorant for my husband for years and recently read about trying coconut oil, but your recipe sounds like the perfect combination!

    You probably know about this already but just in case, to get oil stains out of clothing just dab dish washing liquid on it and toss it in the washer. I just learned about this and clearly the excitement of resurrecting clothes from cooking battles have not yet worn off. For some reason I never seem to remember to change my clothes when cooking.

  44. ok so this recipe was great for a while but since the end of summer (i guess due to our house being a few degrees colder) the consistency is so hard that i can’t get it out of the jar unless i scrape it with my finger and then of course it’s not going to go on smoothly. tips? my coconut oil isn’t liquid anymore (again, house temp changes everything grrr!) so i don’t know if i just need to make a fresh batch each season or what.

    • Heather says:

      I add more coconut oil this time of year to make it more spreadable. The air is drying so my skin doesn’t mind the extra moisture.

    • Amy says:

      I have the same problem — we heat with wood and our master bath is COLD. I just dug out the packed mixture so it was crumbly and I could grab pieces to warm with my fingers. I keep it stored in a shallow half-pint canning jar with lid.

  45. Love this stuff! Amazing, even works with these crazy pregnancy hormones :)

  46. Me and my hubby have been using this for almost a year and love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  47. I’m so glad ya’ll like it! Even though we’ve been using it for years now I’m still amazed that something so simple could work so well!

  48. Rachel Hartman Holzworth via FB says:

    Convinced my hubby to try it and it works just fine! He works out hard 5 days a week and works in a hot warehouse on the weekends…he smells just fine!

  49. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    I am going to makethis in the am!! Hubby finds the natural aluminum stuff we buy dfoesnt work all day.

  50. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    *aluminum free

  51. My husband and I LOVE this deodorant recipe! :) We’ve been using it for about a month now and it works great! :) Thanks!

  52. Sara Creitz Rockarts via FB says:

    I added tea tree oil to mine for an antibacterial boost.

  53. Erica Gorham via FB says:

    I love it, but it broke me out in a rash. I’m trying it with just arrowroot now, and its not quite as powerful. Oh well, it still works!

  54. Erica Gorham – Sounds like the PH of the baking soda might be too alkaline for you. Straight arrowroot is a good way to go and I’m glad it working for you!

    • Dagmara says:

      I think the same thing is happening for me…too bad because it really works :(
      I’ll try using just arrowroot. Would I sub the baking soda for arrowroot 1:1?
      Thanks!

  55. Erica Gorham via FB says:

    Awesome! I’ll try it with the citric acid. The straight arrowroot is keeping me dry, but there is a slight odor, and I didn’t have that with the baking soda in there. Thanks Heather!

  56. I LOVE my homemade deoderant! It’s my favorite thing.

  57. LeeandMaia Forde via FB says:

    This is the recipe I use, but I add a few drops of orange oil! Love it, and it really works!!! I haven’t gotten Lee to try it yet though! :)

  58. I’ve been having a reaction to it :( I’ve been using it but I get red irritated bumps right away…. hoping this changes.

  59. angie h says:

    Can’t wait to try this, hubby is willing :) I was wondering how do you know the baking soda is aluminum free? Will it always say so on the box/should I assume it has aluminum if it doesn’t say it doesn’t have it? I checked my boxes and they just say sodium bicarbonate…..

  60. Brittany Garrett via FB says:

    Thanks for saying something about the corridor acid. This is the second homemade deodorant I’ve used that has made me break out in a rash, and I couldn’t figure out why. I am not sensitive to any of the ingredients when used in other skincare products. It’s been killing me! I’ll try the citric acid!

  61. Roxanna Farnsworth – Hmmm, that could be a ph issue (like Erica Gorham and I were talking about), but I’m curious if you have been checked for a sensitivity to coconut oil. Just a thought . . .

  62. I love this stuff, only natural deodorant that actually works for me!!!

  63. Kristine Dessinger via FB says:

    I use it!

  64. Heather Bain Brandt via FB says:

    Wondering if the baking soda will irritate my sensitive skin, though…

  65. no I haven’t… but I have been consuming coconut oil and using it on my skin with great results, so that would seriously bum me out! I’m thinking ph issue because I’ve always been a heavy perspirerer (LOL) but it was getting better with GAPS and lots of extra magnesium… then I had my 2nd baby 8 weeks ago and everything is all over the place again (thank you hormones).

  66. for Roxanna, I had that problem a couple of times, so I changed things up, I found I had the most problems when I would put my homemade deodorant on right after a bath/shower, I think it was my pores being open right after a bath/shower, so I started showering/bathing at night, applied just straight coconut oil, then put the deodorant on in the morning. I don’t have breakouts or irritations anymore.

  67. Ahhhh, Roxanna Farnsworth, that makes sense! CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your baby! I think a ph issue is more likely, though. Syreeta Whitfield Jayne’s tip is worth a try, don’t you think?

  68. Heather Bain Brandt – You could try altering the ph by doing 25% baking soda, 25% vitamin c (citric acid) to increase the ph, and 50% arrowroot/cornstarch or trying Syreeta Whitfield Jayne’s method :)

  69. Jessica Camp via FB says:

    I am so so happy to see this today! I have given up commercial deodorant because it has been clogging my ducts. I am sooo excited to try this. :) now if I can just find your blog entry about delaying solid foods in infants…

  70. This is identical to the one I’ve been making since I started GAPS 2,5 years ago. For some other good ideas: http://www.wholenewview.com/2012/02/personal-care-products-and-cosmetics.html

  71. Rebecca says:

    Just an FYI: Adding tea tree oil made our armpits itch like crazy!!!!!

  72. Annie says:

    I have been using this tweaked version of deodorant for a little over month and a half and I am so thrilled that my armpits no longer stink! LOL. And I don’t have to re-apply once I’ve done it once during the day! The absolute best part is that it’s safe and natural. Honestly, no other deodorant has been able to completely and fully eliminate the stink as well as this recipe has. I added beeswax and melted everything together, added some tea tree oil and a bit of peppermint for the cooling effect and poured into an empty deodorant stick tube.

  73. Holly says:

    Thanks again for a great article! I shared it on my Coach Hedman FB page! I have found success with Arm and Hammer’s deodorant (hard to find but I can get it at Publix) but still wonder if there is harmful ingredients in it. There is another one I found called Crystal Body Deodorant. I haven’t used it yet but all it has in it is; purified water, natural mineral salts (potassium alum) and cellulose.

  74. Sarah says:

    This is seriously wonderful. My dad was buying a locally made deodorant at an organic store that was selling for $10.99 a tube and had nearly identical ingredients. I’m so happy I found this recipe – it’s such a money saver! I picked 20 lbs of blueberries in 85F sun and sweated like crazy, but I had no odor at all. I put it to the test once again today with an intense workout and again – no smell. Even my regular old (with aluminum) deodorant wouldn’t have made it through those tests. I was afraid I’d be sensitive to the baking soda, so I used 1 part baking soda and 2 parts cornstarch and it’s great. Thank you so much!

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  78. A says:

    Thanks for the information.
    Is this deodorant recipe the same one in your new ebook?
    Thanks!

  79. Lindsay Tincher says:

    I would like to try your arm deodorant recipe but i am not sure how much of each ingredient to use, if you could give me the amounts of each to use i would really appreciate it.

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    • Lindsay Tincher says:

      Thank you so much! I just didn’t know about the coconut oil, I made some last Saturday. I did the 1/2 c of both baking soda and cornstarch that she said in her blog, I just kept adding in the coconut oil but now it is kinda hard so I could’ve used more coconut oil but I just scoop it out and let it melt (it does that pretty quickly) and put it on. Our soon to be 8 year old daughter is now in need of arm deodorant, so I am glad it made a bunch because we split it. I’ve NEVER had any luck with ANY arm deodorant and the first time I used this, IT WAS A MIRACLE :) I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

  81. Lee says:

    Does it prevent perspiration at all or just take away smell?
    I’m curious to try this, but I’m wary, because my sweating problem is so bad that I’m worried I’ll just sweat off the natural deodorant.

    • Heather says:

      It doesn’t prevent it but it does absorb some of it, and it definitely takes away smell!

    • Lee says:

      update: I gave this a good effort, tried it for a week. I stopped because I still smelled really terrible and sweated like crazy. Might just be me…I have a very real sweating problem. But this might be good to know for someone with major sweating issues like me.

  82. Alison says:

    Ok so first of all, I first made this months ago, and it works GREAT! Unlike most “natural” deodorants it really WORKS!! I never expected it to actually work on my hubby, but it definitely does! I like it too, but after I use it for a few days I have to stop because my armpits get extremely irritated? So then I just switch to straight coconut oil. I’ve been making it with the organic cornstarch I have…do you think it’s that or the baking soda that’s causing the irritation?

    • Heather says:

      Yes, it might be the baking soda. Skin has a slightly acidic pH, and baking soda is alkaline. Depending on your unique chemistry you may need to lower the pH a bit to make it match your skin better. To do this, just increase the ratio of cornstarch to baking soda.

  83. Samantha says:

    I’m confused why you mention aluminium-free baking soda. I thought baking powder had to be aluminium-free, but that there is no aluminium in baking soda.

  84. Melisa says:

    Is there anything non-oily that can be used instead of the coconut oil? Even rubbing the tiniest bit of coconut oil under my arms leaves oily stains on my shirts.

  85. Erika says:

    Just heard your talk on the village green network. So much great info, thanks! Am excited to give this a try but am wondering, for those of us that are candida challenged, are there any tweaks you might suggest? Like arrowroot vs. cornstarch, might one be better in this instance? How about essential oils?

    • Heather says:

      If it were me, I’d avoid cornstarch in situation where yeast overgrowth is an issue. Re: essential oils: I am not aware of any essential oil on my suggestion list that are contraindiacted for candida. That’s not to say one isn’t, though. You might want to check with an essential oil expert on that!

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  87. Traci says:

    This is perfect. I’m definitely sharing. I also love the quote you included: “Our body is less of a suit of armor and more of a fishnet.” True, true.

  88. Julie says:

    Is the coconut oil raw or expeller pressed or does it even matter?
    Gonna try this real soon!!!

    • Lea says:

      Hey Julie! If I may, how you ultimately want the deodorant to smell depends on what type of coconut oil you use. I used extra virgin in the first few batches and it worked great but my husband complained it was too “oatmeal cookie” for him. I decided to try refined, expeller-pressed oil that we use for neutral-flavored cooking, and voila! No more oatmeal cookie, just beautiful essential oil aroma!

  89. Erin says:

    I’ve been using a similar recipe for about a year now. I would warn that if it melts it sort of separates and needs to be mixed up again. I’ve had that happen and you get some really dry parts and some really oily part in the same container. The same thing has happened with my homemade toothpaste. I actually bought one of those coffee cup warmer trays for about $10 that I some times use to warm up my creations for better application.
    P.S. LOVE your blog!

  90. Rosanne says:

    Like Samantha, (March 23, 2013 post), I am confused about “aluminum free” baking soda. I went to Whole Foods in search of it and was told by an employee that only baking powder can be aluminum free because there is no aluminum in baking soda. I also looked up Bob’s Red Mill baking soda and powder, and found same result: they offer aluminum free baking powder but not soda. Have you actually found a product that is labeled aluminum free baking soda? Or is it baking powder you are using?

  91. Rosanne says:

    Thank you so much for clearing up my confusion! I read crunchy betty’s blog you referenced – informative and funny! I’ve been wanting to try out your deodorant recipe for weeks, but wanted to make sure I had the right ingredients first. So, I’m off to Whole Foods to get Bob’s Red Mill baking soda (the aluminum free kind, of course)! ;)

  92. Allyn says:

    I so so so wish this worked for me. We’ve cleaned up so much of our home, but natural deodorants just don’t work for me. I tried multiple kinds, made multiple versions, and I simply sweat too much. Gross.

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  94. danielle says:

    thank you so much for this recipe! it really does work! one question though…if anyone can help with this…i used to have some discoloring on my underarm skin when i used conventional deoderant but when i switched to Tom’s natural deoderant it went away…however now that i’m using this recipe it has returned…any ideas on why??? thanks !

  95. Jennifer says:

    Thank you soooooo much for posting this recipe! I have a 15 month old, & I am always on my husband’s case about the toxicity of the products that he uses, both for the sake of his own health, & that of our daughter’s. He has always been really skeptical about switching to natural/homemade products. He just wants something easy, that also works. I am really hoping this will work, because he agreed to give it a try, & the recipe is not only easy, but also fairly inexpensive & we already have most of these ingredients at home! Thanks again…fingers crossed! :-)

  96. GoingCocoNuts says:

    I’m wondering if there is any way to make this so that you can use a twist-up deodorant stick? Hubby will definitely never rub anything into his pits with his fingers. lol

  97. Andrea says:

    aha! too alkaline for the body. that’s why my underarms went nuts about 3 weeks into using my deodorant, huh? I went back to my “crystal” (which requires several touch-ups throughout the day) but I will try less BS and see if it helps :) Thanks!

  98. Suzi says:

    I’m with Andrea on that! Rashorama! Works for my friends.
    It’s the abrasive effect of the bi-carb, not so much the alkali.
    If you want it in a stick just add a little cocoa butter to it. It hardens but gives it a nice glide too. Either that or Shea. The coconut oil isn’t the essential part so you can play around with the oil/fat part of the recipe.

  99. Suzi says:

    Oh! P.s. To clear up any reactions, marshmallow extract (reduces inflammation) and pomegranate (regenerative) extract work a treat.

  100. LoveCoco says:

    This stuff works wonder but I’ve noticed my underarm has darkened since I’ve started using it about 5 to 6 weeks ago. Has anyone has this problem and which of the engredients is causing it. I’ve also added a few drops of tea tree oil and lemongrass in mine

  101. Rachel says:

    I tried this for a while and it just didn’t work well. It ended up being too messy than what it was worth. I’ve instead started using magnesium (like Phillips type…for constipation). It works awesome. Dries quick, stays “dry” (obviously unless you sweat), and excellent odor protection.

  102. Miriam says:

    I’ve read through ALL the comments, but haven’t seen this mentioned yet. My husband and I are big fans of this deodorant and have been using it for months. However, we both experience breakouts around the area where we apply the deodorant. Sometimes little, sometimes large and deep, none have seemed to turn into cysts yet, but they can sometimes be painful. Any ideas on this? Does it have to do with the alkalinity of the baking soda? Do you think adding citric acid would help? Thanks!

  103. Danielle says:

    Heather!! I did NOT believe this could be possible but I put your deodorant through 3 tests in the disgusting Texas heat and WOW!! I just linked to your post on my blog. Thanks so much!!

  104. Tash says:

    This stuff is AMAZING!! I was so inspired that I had to make my own version (four thieves) and it works great. I tested it out to see how it held up against an intense workout, and I can say that I had nary a bit of BO. It has even lasted over a 24 hr period without reapplication (something I’ve always had to do with natural and even homemade deodorants). Thanks for posting this recipe, I wish I had stumbled across it sooner, but am certainly happy to have come across it now. =)

    Much love,

    Tash

  105. Stephanie says:

    I really like this recipe and I want to try it but my hubby doesn’t like sticking his hand in a jar to pick out the deodorant. So I was wondering could I put it in an unused deodorant tube I have?
    Thank you for your wonderful blog….I am in love!!

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  110. Kimberly M says:

    I was so excited to find this today that within minutes I made a small batch (1 Tbsp Baking Soda to 1 Tbsp Arrowroot powder) and immediately tried it. Within minutes my armpits were burning! Needless to say I washed it off quickly. I tried adding 1 more Tbsp of arrowroot powder and tried again but I am still experiencing burning (though not nearly as bad). Should I add “more” arrowroot powder or will that make it not effective?

    I have tried a variety of organic deodorants and had the same burning problem, so I am excited to learn that it must be the baking soda (high ph) in them that causes it but now I am back to square one.

    However, one last thing comes to mind that I also recently learned and that there is metal in the baking soda and you can actually by a metal-free version. I wonder if that would help?

    Any help would be such a blessing!!!!

    • Kimberly M says:

      *buy

    • Heather says:

      Hi Kimberly! Some believe that baking soda contains trace amounts of aluminum, but after researching it pretty extensively I personally do not think it does. It does sound like your skin might be having a reaction to the pH of the baking soda. You might consider substituting bentonite clay instead for a more gentle deodorant. It works reasonably well. Not as well as baking soda, I’d say, but the extra deodorizing power of baking soda is not worth burning armpits!

  111. Cheryl says:

    I don’t recommend this deodorant. First of all it burned so I added Vitamin C and it was fine.
    What really annoyed me is later is I realized my T-shirts in the arm pit area were looking soiled from the coconut oil and orange from the Vitamin C. Many of my T-shirts are ruined now. As a person who’s low income due to being on disability for a chronic illness this is a hard pill to swallow since I have to go out and buy all new T-shirts which I can’t really afford.
    The reason I was looking for a recipe is I found the salt rock not strong enough in the summer. I’ll go back to using it in the fall/winter/spring and buy a natural deodorant for the summer.

  112. Gracie says:

    For anyone looking for a high quality all-natural deodorant, I would suggest Lavilin – http://www.lavilin.com

    It’s a fantastic product, and lasts an entire week! I love the product.

    • Jaclyn says:

      Gracie, I’m gonna give Lavilin a shot! Been hearing great things about this brand for a while now and I figured it’s time!

  113. Kate says:

    I find that spraying (or swiping) my underarms with a mixture of bragg’s apple cider vinegar and water (same mixture I use as a toner!) after I shower balances the PH of my underarms and prevents the irritation that can occur with baking soda (same reason I use the ACV/water toner after a baking soda facial!). It also seems to make the deodorant even *more* effective (perhaps by prepping the skin for application? I’m not sure on this one…).
    Crunchy Betty lays it all out here http://www.crunchybetty.com/new-news-and-ph-balancing-your-old-homemade-deodorant-problems
    I’ve tried lavillin and some other natural options, but none of them are as good as the homemade stuff!

  114. Nylark says:

    Hi, I tried this and it was wonderfully for two weeks and then I broke out like crazy! Painful lumps in both armpits. I had to stop using it. I then tried another homemade recipe without the baking soda which did not work at all. I also bought a good quality deodorant from a health food store, which was very expensive and utterly ineffective. So so disappointing. I finally had to get another tube of the toxic kind because I cannot stink like that day in and day out. All that to say…is there an effective alternative to the baking soda?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Nylark! If it were me I would first try reducing the ratio of baking soda to arrowroot as described in the post. If that doesn’t work you might consider replacing the baking soda with bentonite clay. I don’t think it’s quite as effective, but it’s far more effective than most “natural” brands!

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  116. Denise Passero says:

    This deodorant really works. Even after a full day that ended with a sweaty workout, I have no smell. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  117. Sandy Bauer says:

    Sounds great! I really want to make some….BUT…one question, so I don’t waste ingredients. Do you smell like coconut??? I can’t find a homemade deodorant with out coconut oil…..my husband HATES coconut, even the hint of it in food and he won’t touch it….I don’t want to meet the same fate as the food, but I want to make my own natural (GAPS friendly) fragrance free products.

  118. Gresyson says:

    Homemade deodorant is a great way to get started with DIY personal care products. It’s super-easy to do, and it works great.

    Once you see the success with deodorant, it will spur you on to tougher projects like DIY soap and shampoo.

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  120. Adrienne Gillespie says:

    I’ve been trying a few homemade deodorant recipes, and I really love this one. My problem is I have VERY sensitive skin, and I cut the baking soda in half (even a little more) and I still ended up with horrible, painful red bumps all over my armpits. Does anyone else have this problem? I know it’s the baking soda, but is there anything I can substitute for the baking soda that works just as well? All of my homemade deodorant recipes have done this to my skin, but they work SO much better than the store bought natural deodorants. Advice is much appreciated :)

  121. Tiffany says:

    We’ve started using wheat starch for our cooking. Would this work in place of the arrowroot/cornstarch?

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  123. Mildred says:

    I have used this recipe and it TOTALLY works just as well as Lady Speedstick or Rexona!

  124. Mandi says:

    First let me say that I’ve tried this and I absolutely love it.. except for one small thing… after a few days of use it leaves the skin under my arms almost black looking. I use a half and half mix of baking soda and arrowroot powder… could one of these be causing this?? I want to go back to using this but don’t want black armpits for summer. :)

    • Mildred says:

      Wow… I have never heard of BLACK armpits?!
      I used cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder in mine and no black bits at all… you could try that?

  125. Marny Leary Murphy via FB says:

    I stopped wearing any kind of deodorant years ago, after a brief adjustment period, I find I no longer need it.

  126. Stephanie Espinoza via FB says:

    Love my Primal Pit Paste!

  127. Jackie Sag via FB says:

    I’ve been using Milk of Magnesium as a deodorant for about a year and it works beautifully! My husband uses it, too!

  128. Norma Oliver via FB says:

    I’ve been using store brand non flavored milk of magnesia for a year now and it works great. I store in a squeeze bottle and pour about a dime size amount on and rub on. It works ALL day. It’s cheap too.

  129. Stephanie Owens via FB says:

    I use a similar recipe but add beeswax. Makes an awesome stick and won’t melt in the summer. I also add just a little bentonite clay, helps absorb moisture.

  130. Mello Dee via FB says:

    Angel Indigo

  131. Missy West Wilson via FB says:

    Primal Pit works great for me. Also I know Root Beauty makes a great one!

  132. April M Wiley via FB says:

    Haha! “Man Stink Killer”. :)

  133. Cristina Sandoval via FB says:

    Susie Sandoval

  134. Lindsay Slate via FB says:

    Molly Salas-Enebrad

  135. I have been noticing irritation but only under one arm, so my next batch I will decrease the baking soda as you suggest! but I have been using almost exactly this recipe for months now and love it!

  136. Courtney Ellis via FB says:

    I tried making some and it did NOT work…any ideas? It was funky…

  137. Sharin White via FB says:

    Exactly what I use, and hubby too.

  138. Molly Salas-Enebrad via FB says:

    Funny I was just looking at this Lindsay Slate :) thanks!!

  139. Michelle Ward via FB says:

    Justin

  140. I can’t wait to try this! Glad I already have all the ingredients. My current deodorant is not cutting it!!! Apparently pregnancy changed my hormonal chemistry and I now generate my own “man stink”^_~

  141. Layla Orgel via FB says:

    My husband and i both use lemon or lime juice, works great!

  142. I went to a whole food store to get these exact ingredients over the weekend. I found an all natural deodorant called Nourish Organic that I bought instead. So far so good!

  143. Jennifer White Schreiber via FB says:

    Jennifer White Schreiber

  144. Henna Shah via FB says:

    Doesn’t the coconut oil stain the clothes? I love my Secret =(

    • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

      Henna, Some people have reported that it has, but Heather has been using it for years and has not experienced that. Since the amount of coconut oil is based on preference, some may use more than others. Also, it might depend on how snugly clothing fits under the arm.

  145. Leslie Kimbrough via FB says:

    I don’t have any problems with the homemade deoderant. Mine has coconut oil in it. My husband on the other hand…..his clothes look awful.

  146. Erin Trudeau via FB says:

    I make this and it’s never stained our clothes. It works AMAZING. Never have I tried anything that works as well, even the store bought clinical strength stuff!

  147. Jo Doran via FB says:

    I also use Milk of Magnesia for the past year. Works great!

  148. Dana Davis Cook via FB says:

    Melisa Davis Evans

  149. Trista Nixon Lacy Walker Amanda Hopping-Winn Rachel Dvoretsky

  150. Thank you for re-posting this recipe. I knew I’d seen it but didn’t write the recipe down, I have now though. :-)

  151. Rock salt deo, at the health food store

  152. Gina Brym via FB says:

    Angela Tornatore

  153. Pammy Lukas via FB says:

    Doesn’t Tom’s make one that’s suppose to be great?

  154. Coryann Pittman via FB says:

    Do you have any suggestions? Since I’ve been pregnant that recipe and many natural companies do not work for me. Should I just increase the baking soda? Thanks!

    • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

      Coryann, Increasing the baking soda may cause irritation. Some people have reported that adding magnesium oil to their care regimen (not in the armpits, just as a supplement) helped reduce overall stickiness :)

  155. Julie Britton Myden via FB says:

    This recipe WORKS! I made some and had the whole family try it (brother mother husband ect) everyone loved it! I found it worked better than commercial. Deodorant and all natural! Yay happy dance.

  156. and this is why I love mommypotamus, she is da bomb

  157. My hubby and I have been using your deodorant recipe for years now and we LOVE it! It works great for both of us!

  158. Kareema Fernan via FB says:

    Aja Aja Williams

  159. Stephanie Adkins via FB says:

    I use this recipe minus the arrowroot powder. Does it really make that much of a difference? Would hate to spend the cash for nothing. Ps. I’m am still trying to.convince the hubby that it could work for him too. :)

    • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

      Stephanie, It’s there to buffer potential irritation from the baking soda. If it’s working for you using cornstarch or nothing at all, I don’t see why you would necessarily need to add it.

  160. Malisa Marinkovic Jakimovski via FB says:

    JanoschLiz Rumery Lorena Marinkovic

  161. I use this and it works great!!!

  162. Patti Carnes Clark via FB says:

    I have been doing this the past year and it worked, but now that it is really hot, it has not held up when wearing sleeveless shirts.

  163. JanoschLiz Rumery via FB says:

    Is that for the Mumu Malisa Jakimovski Lorena Marinkovic lol

  164. Lorena Marinkovic via FB says:

    Lmfaoooooo JanoschLiz Rumery Malisa Marinkovic Jakimovski

  165. Can anyone tell me if u have an itchy armpit all the time it’s a sign of breast cancer, ?? I was told this…

  166. Meg Seale Davis via FB says:

    Was skeptical but I made it and LOVE it!

  167. Jennifer Fugate via FB says:

    I tried the Tom’s brand and it doesn’t work well with me. Any suggestions on an all natural deodorant I can buy? I’d rather buy it than make it lol. :)

  168. Erin Conant via FB says:

    I’ve been using coconut oil with a little baking soda per a friends suggestion. I do plenty of sweating and it seems to work like a charm!

  169. Sheila Streicher via FB says:

    Does it keep you dry?

  170. That’s what I use, love it- works perfect!

  171. Maria-Elena says:

    I have found through trial and experience that digestive health heavily influences how “smelly” body odor is. When the digestion is healed, I have found that body odor settles down to a natural muskiness that is usually not unpleasant. :)

  172. we just use plain baking soda and it works great!

  173. Marlena Falk via FB says:

    There’s a deodorant stone. Lasts forever. Very natural. Don’t buy the deodorant causes cancer alone or that not sweating from antiperspirants keeps toxins inside.

  174. Melissa Gomes via FB says:

    Jennifer Pincham Lee, I am curious too

  175. Kim Kupfer via FB says:

    This is definitely the best recipe. I’m hooked for life.

  176. Allison Harvey via FB says:

    Great recipe! We add a few opened capsules of probiotic to it! Works wonders.

  177. Jodi Mccool via FB says:

    Cheito EL Barbero, Lauren Rizzo

  178. Clarinda Ann Marlar Maddox via FB says:

    Correlation does NOT equal causation. Deodorant does not cause breast cancer. Please stop promoting this myth. Even the Cancer Institute, who would love to find a cause, refutes this. Use natural all you like, but regular does not cause it.

  179. Reyna Sandy Villegas via FB says:

    Clarinda Ann Marlar Maddox Yes correlation is not the same thing as causation but all scientific studies are based on the principles of theories. Everything we think we know is not exactly fully proven. So we can’t rely on what the Cancer Institute or anyone else says. We can make our own conclusions based on different theories and findings. Maybe someday we will have better ways to study such correlations. Better safe than sorry!!

  180. Theresa Easter via FB says:

    Koa Wainman let’s make some !

  181. Theresa Easter via FB says:

    Sherry Milner

  182. Nilda Vazquez Fitzpatrick via FB says:

    My sister Kim Kim Kupfer made this for me and I love it!!!!!!!

  183. Angie Danielle via FB says:

    I started using this because I am breastfeeding and didn’t want my baby’s face or had a anywhere near the toxins. Every 3 mths I make a big batch & share with my mom & sisters (both also BFing). A month or so ago mine melted in the car after I took it to yoga and all the oil settled at the top. I was too lazy to make a new batch so used store bought deodorant for a couple weeks (which I thought I had thrown all away). I discovered a lump in the outer quadrant almost 2 weeks ago and was hoping it was just a sign of impending menstruation (BFing 15mth old) and would go away before my dr apt today. It hasn’t :(

    Yes correlation is very different from correlation but any substance that is a carcinogen should be avoided as much as possible (ie cigarettes, UV exposure, pesticides etc)

  184. Rebecca Berlingeri Walke via FB says:

    Michelle Weaver, this is one of the articles I was talking about. The 2012 study.

  185. Joanna Zieba via FB says:

    Allison Harvey (can’t tag,) or anyone else that knows) what’s the added benefit of using probiotics in this recipe?

  186. Violet says:

    Thank you for sharing this article again. I had been using one of those crystal deodorant stones, and this article explains why I was having so much breast tenderness and pain after using the stone for a few weeks. I’d like to switch to this recipe, but also detox my tissues! Have you experimented with using bentonite clay in this recipe? I have all the ingredients anyway, just curious! Thanks again!

  187. Erica Ward via FB says:

    Tye Tye Ward

  188. I tried this before and it didn’t work for me but then; neither does the commercial stuff. I sometimes get a whiff of my “man stink” and think – this is not fair…I’m a woman! I will try it again but will add a few capsules of probiotic as a reader commented. I’ve also heard about the use lemon and lime, but never milk of magnesium. I think I will try them all. Why should I keep using the commercial stuff and risk my health? Thx all!

  189. What should I use???????

  190. Alexa Jacox via FB says:

    Been making this for 2 years now – highly recommend using arrowroot powder instead of baking soda – the baking soda gave me a horrible painful rash. And recommend not using right after shaving. Husband, daughter and I use it ALL the time.

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  192. Gretchen says:

    I understand arrowroot is on the GAPS “avoid” list, but a lot of homemade deodorants call for it to absorb moisture. Do you know if it is okay to use in deodorant or because it’s a starch and it will feed the microbes in the armpit and could be absorbed into the body, it should still be avoided in deodorant recipes while on GAPS? Thank you.

  193. Kristin says:

    I just created this concoction without the coconut oil! Works like a champ! My deodorant was making me nauseous! The combination of sweaty armpits and deodorant was just unbearable! I had to find a quick alternative and mixed baking soda, cornstarch and peppermint oil! Love it!!! Thank you!! I was able to smear it on, let it dry and dust the powder residue off so it wouldn’t get all over my shirt! So cool!! And SO cheap!!

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