When we made the switch from using products that contained harmful chemicals to using natural products for our family, deodorant was at the top of the list of items to swap. Chemicals and parabens can be very harmful for your body, especially in an area with tender lymph nodes, like your armpits. This information prompted me to develop my own homemade natural deodorant recipe.
Homemade Natural Deodorant
We have tried several brands of natural deodorant with mediocre success. Nothing was really making the cut and no one wants to walk around with stinky pits. Having a couple of middle school aged boys we definitely needed a deodorant recipe that worked!
I decided I would give some natural homemade deodorant recipes a try because nothing else seemed to be working well. It’s always exciting to try something new and to know exactly what we are putting on our bodies.
I just made a small batch the first time because I wanted to make sure it
got rid of the stink worked well for us. I was so excited and after tweaking my recipe a few times, we had a winner! No more stinky pits for us!
5 simple ingredient deodorant
I use five simple natural ingredients that I keep on hand so anytime we are running low (and risking B.O.), I can whip up a quick batch. I usually double my recipe since we have quite a few armpits around here that need it. These ingredients are easy to get and you may already have some or even all of them at home!
How to make homemade deodorant
Step 1- Place the organic virgin coconut oil in a double boiler on medium heat and let it completely melt. I don’t have an official double boiler so I just use a sauce pan and a heavy glass measuring cup. A heavy glass bowl placed over a pan also works well. Coconut oil melts quickly so this step only takes a couple of minutes.
Step 2- Add organic beeswax and allow it to melt into the coconut oil. This takes a good ten minutes or so. Sit back, relax, and maybe read some of your favorite blog posts or have a nice cup coffee or tea while waiting. (Tip: The smaller the beeswax pieces, the faster it melts)
Step 3- Once everything has melted into a liquid, stir or whisk in aluminum free baking soda and non gmo cornstarch to make a paste. make sure to break up any clumps of the powder while mixing. Keep the mixture over the double boiler because the wax will begin to harden and set as soon as it is removed from the stove.
Step 4- Put 10-20 drops of your favorite high quality essential oils. You can use whatever oils you like. I always use a protective blend for its anti-bacterial properties. It also help boost the immune system. Frankincense oil is my other go to. I believe Frankincense should be used everyday because it is such a wonderful oil with many benefits.
Step 5- Once all of the ingredients are mixed well, pour the paste into deodorant containers. You can purchase the containers online and then reuse them every time you make a new batch of deodorant. I have also repurposed some older empty container from store bought brands. If I have any extra paste, you can pour it into a small jar.
I place all of the containers in the fridge for 10-15 minutes so the deodorant can set up. If you don’t have a solid shelf, you may want to place the containers on a pan to keep them from falling over and leaking while the deodorant sets. When I run out of my sticks, I just melt the jar full and pour into the container. You can also just use a jar and apply with your fingertips.
This is a super simple homemade natural deodorant recipe and I can ensure that my family is using a safe product. We have been making and using this recipe for close to a decade now and we are still very pleased with how well it works. It’s fun to make and the kids love helping me make it. Happy, healthy, and not smelly armpits are definitely a good thing.
- 1/4 cup plus 1 TB organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup or 2 oz organic beeswax
- 1/4 cup non gmo cornstarch
- 1/4 cup aluminum free baking soda
- 10-20 drops essential oils
- In double boiler melt coconut oil over medium heat.
- Add beeswax to melted oil, continue to heat until wax is completely melted.
- Stir or whisk in cornstarch and baking soda until well blended.
- Add essential oils of choice and mix well. (optional)
- Pour mixture into empty deodorant containers or into small jar.
- Place in fridge for 10-15 minutes to set up.
Yes! This particular deodorant recipe really works! You may find that you need to reapply the deodorant if you have sweated a good deal.
No, antiperspirant helps prevent sweating but the ingredients used for that are not the healthiest option with aluminum being the most common.
This recipe only uses 5 ingredients most of which are common household items.
This can vary greatly based on the size of the container and how often it is applied. On average one person will go through a tube of deodorant in 3 months.
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