I’m thrilled to have Stephanie of The Wannabe Homesteader guest posting today! I started making and using my own version of coconut oil deodorant this fall, and it really does work!
I’ve always known that store-bought deodorants have some pretty nasty ingredients in them (they’ve even been linked to cancer) but I hesitated on making my own because I feared homemade deodorants wouldn’t really do the job.
I don’t mind sweating a little as that’s your body’s way of eliminating toxins, but I didn’t exactly want to walk around smelling “crunchy” if you know what I mean.
After trying two natural brands of deodorant (Tom’s and the Natural Crystal), and being sorely disappointed (ie. smelling crunchy by the end of the day), I decided to give this recipe a try.
Boy, I’m so glad I did!
This natural deodorant recipe works amazingly well. My only wish is that I tried it sooner!
Homemade Deodorant Recipe using Coconut Oil
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- 1/3 cup coconut oil (where to buy it)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (where to buy it)
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch (this will add an antiperspirant effect to the deodorant.)
- (Optional) essential oils–try tea tree, sweet orange, lavender, frankincense, etc. (my favorite essential oils)
How to make:
- Mix baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot powder in a bowl.
- Add coconut oil and use a fork or pastry cutter to blend into the dry ingredients.
- Add 5-10 drops of your chosen essential oil (I used tea tree oil).
- Add more coconut oil or baking soda to achieve your desired consistency.
- Viola! Now you have easy-peasy, good-for-you, all-natural deodorant!
- This recipe uses coconut oil which will liquefy at 76 degrees (it will remain solid at any temp under 76 degrees). I live in Florida and this deodorant stays a paste-like consistency in my bathroom. However, my husband uses the bathroom upstairs and at times, it turns into a thick liquid-y consistency. He doesn’t find it a problem, though. He just dabs his finger into it, messages it into his underarms, and then rinses his hands afterward.
- I’ve heard of people putting their homemade deodorants in cleaned-out store-bought deodorant containers but it didn’t work for me. My DIY deodorant leaked out the bottom of the container and was a gooey mess.
- Instead, I store this coconut oil deodorant in a small glass jar and I keep it in my medicine cabinet.
- To apply, I take a small amount and rub it together with my hands to soften and then rub it into my underarms like a lotion.
- Me and my husband both use this deodorant and absolutely love it. We’d never switch back to store-bought. You really must give it a try.
This recipe was adapted from Homemade Natural Deodorant: Recipes that Work on Squidoo
Stephanie is a self-described “average joe” who desires a more real, self-reliant lifestyle in an artificial and dependent world. She blogs at The Wannabe Homesteader where she and her family have fun stumbling over each other on their way towards self-sufficiency. She spends her days homemaking and homeschooling while dreaming about homesteading.