Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY ~ Homemade Deodorant/Antiperspirant

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I'd known for a long time that using a store bought antiperspirant was a bad decision. Every time I'd put it on there was the nagging thought about the aluminum I was putting in my body. Did I want cancer or Alzheimer's disease? No! But after trying Tom's chrysanthemum scented deodorant, which didn't work and smelled horrid, I went back to my Dove unscented.

Instead of using something harmful for my body, I decided to finally take the plunge and try homemade. Follow-through is what separates those who are living the dream from those that are still just dreaming! Anyway, I digress!

First I tried using a baking soda, dusting under my armpits. That didn't work and was quite irritating to my skin. So, I decided to research homemade deodorants. There are many out there . . . most have similar ingredients. Some add an essential oil for fragrance or added antibacterial properties. I love the smell of coconut so this recipe is perfect for me!

I've been using this homemade deodorant for 3 months, all through our hot summer weather in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and it works! Will started using it about a month ago. On Monday, while he was packing for his trip to Florida, he asked me to find a little container so he could take some of my homemade deodorant with him on his business trip. The verdict is in! I just got a phone call from Will ~ he said, "Your deodorant passed the test . . . my body is wet, but my underarms stayed dry!". It works great in steamy, hot Boca Raton too!

So, don't put it off, mixing up a batch. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain!


I love that all the ingredients are found in the kitchen cupboards.


1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot

6-8 tablespoons organic unrefined virgin coconut oil

Essential oil optional, if you want a different scent than coconut.

  • Whisk baking soda and corn starch together.
  • Add coconut oil, beginning with 6 tablespoons (you can always add more).
  • Use a mixer or work together with a fork.
  • Place in an airtight container
  • Use a small amount under each arm.
This smells incredible and looks like cream cheese frosting!

I did take a tiny taste and the baking soda makes it quite unpalatable, but it is safe, if a child decided to eat it! Can you say the same thing about store bought antiperspirants?

The first couple of weeks I broke out from the baking soda if I put my deodorant on right after shaving. My solution? Shave before going to bed! Haven't had a problem since. I love the delicate coconut scent when I first put it on. The scent eventually fades and you just find yourself with no odor! An added bonus . . . The coconut oil works as an antiperspirant and doesn't stain your clothing!

Coconut oil an hour in the refrigerator and dry ingredients whisked together.

My coconut oil started out in liquid form because it's over 78 degrees here. I solved that little problem by placing the coconut oil in the frig, allowing it time to harden. 2 days after I made my first batch the coconut oil melted and separated. I put it back in the frig. to harden; gave it a quick stirring, and have had no more problems for over 3 months!

It may be 107degrees F. here today, but I'm smelling good and feeling confident. . . Over at Julie's!!!