How To Make Your Own Deodorant, For Pennies.

Is this you

-Cue scary rant-

Deodorants and antiperspirants are full of toxic chemicals. No doubt you’ve heard this before. The ingredients in pit sticks are linked to different types of cancers, Alzheimer’s, hormonal and reproductive dysfunction, birth defects, liver damage, neurotoxicity…the list goes on and on. Applying these chemicals to the axillary/armpit area, which contains so many lymph nodes, is just a bad, bad idea. It clogs our lymph system, compromising its natural function of clearing out wastes. We become toxic. We become highly sensitive and allergic. We become diseased.

-End rant-

So what most of us do is go to the health food store and pick up a natural deo…only to discover it just doesn’t work. So we move on to try another one…and another one…pretty soon we’ve spent a ton of cash and still have sticky, smelly pits.

Also, many of the natural options still contain questionable ingredients anyway – like propylene glycol, a by-product of petroleum.

Damn. So what do we do, then?

One option is to make your own.

I make no claims here. I’m not saying the following recipe will work for you. What I will say is that it’s made entirely with items you can find in your own kitchen, and takes just a few minutes to whip together. You might as well try it, because what have you got to lose?

For what it’s worth, I’ve been using this with amazing success for a long time now. I love it, and I’ve received a thumbs up from numerous readers who love it too.

Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Deodorant

I’ve seen many versions of this recipe in several different places online, so I can’t say for certain where it originated. Regardless, it’s very simple and you can play around with the proportions to find a texture that works for you.

Here’s What You Need:
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup arrowroot powder (you could also use organic, non-GMO corn starch)
5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
10-15 drops of essential oil (this is optional; I have yet to make a batch with added scent because I like the coconuty scent as it is)

Here’s What You Do:
Combine equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder.
Mix in coconut oil gradually, until you get a texture you like (it should be spreadable, like a cream).
Add essential oils, if using. Mix thoroughly.

That’s it! So easy!

This makes quite a bit of deodorant. For your first batch, consider halving the recipe just to see how you like it.

In the end, if this doesn’t work for you, at least you haven’t wasted much money or time.

Let me know what you think! In the meantime, are there any natural deodorants out there that work well for you? Please share in the comments below!

PS. As our bodies become less toxic, through a clean diet and lifestyle, we start to stink a whole lot less. Just another reason to work with a holistic nutritionist. :)

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Alex is a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for helping people realize their full potential. After experiencing ill-effects from vegetarianism, Alex reclaimed her love of meat and adopted an omnivorous, yet truly holistic way of eating and living. She believes healing and balance can be found not just through the foods we eat, but the thoughts we think. Alex has a special interest in the areas of mental health, digestion & gut healing, and weight loss. She is based in Toronto, Canada, but also works with clients internationally via Skype.

7 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own Deodorant, For Pennies.

  1. OK… I have wanted to try this for so long and just got around to it. I was very skeptical that it would work for me, but I’ve had great success!! I wish I knew about this year’s ago! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you for your comment, and I’m glad you asked this question. I have noticed that the deodorant sometimes leaves a white mark on my clothes (as many white-coloured commercial deodorants do) – however, it has always come out in the wash. Staining has never been a problem for me! I hope this answers your question. Let me know if you try it and how it goes!

  2. Sephora has a brand called Lavanila, but at $23 a pop it’s pretty rough when you run out snd have to decide whether to buy it again or no. I also use Lush’s plain aromaco, which works pretty well. I later on top Tom’s of Maine’s lemongrass deodorant, for the scent. I’ve been wanting to make my own for awhile, been saving an empty container, so I’ll give this recipe a go! Thanks!

    1. Hi Cait! Thanks so much for your comments. It really is tricky finding something that works, right?! I’ve seen Lavanila before – I’ve heard good things, but it’s a risky move spending all that money on a product that may or may not work for your body. I’m happy that this simple recipe works for me because it’s so cheap and I know precisely what’s in it. Let me know how it goes for you!

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