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Summer arrived full bore this year, and it is hot and sticky in Chicago (and probably where you live, too). Going anywhere outside without deodorant is a big mistake, even if there isn’t any true “exercise” involved. My tweens are to the point where they need deodorant on a daily basis, too, but I want to avoid traditional deodorants and their ingredients for a variety of reasons. I discovered coconut oil based deodorants years ago, and I started making my own as soon as the first batch I bought ran out.
Making my own deodorant? Really? Yep. It’s easy to do, and it requires just a few ingredients, most of which I have at home already thanks to Little Miss’s dairy allergy – we use coconut oil in place of butter for most things. I started with a base recipe and tweaked it over the years to best meet my needs, and I love what I make now.
This homemade deodorant smells great thanks to the essential oils, and it truly works. My daughter has the stench of a full grown man without deodorant. I can’t have her walk within several feet of me when she forgets to wear deodorant. With this homemade deodorant, she applies it in the morning and doesn’t stink even after running around outside all day. That, my friends, shows the power of an effective deodorant.
I love that the only thing I have to buy to make this is new essential oils (and who doesn’t love an excuse to buy more yummy smelling oils?) Target.com carries the Nature’s Truth essential oils that I prefer to use. They have a variety of oils, and many retailers carry them in store in the vitamins aisle. My two favorites for homemade deodorant are peppermint and lemon. Depending on personal preference, you may prefer lavender, cinnamon, bergamot, or one of the other fabulous Nature’s Truth aromatherapy oils.
While today I’m sharing my tutorial for a DIY deodorant, you can use these oils in so many other ways, too. Add a few drops to your shower to give yourself a spa-like experience. Sprinkle a few drops in baking soda and deodorize your garbage can. Even add a few drops to a spray bottle with distilled water and vinegar for a surface cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom. You can find a ton of ideas for essential oil uses around the home here.
If you’re ready to make this homemade deodorant and don’t have your essential oils yet, there’s a $1 coupon available for download to make this an even more affordable DIY project.
What do you need to make homemade deodorant?
Homemade deodorant requires just five ingredients.
Baking soda helps neutralize pH and absorbs body odor. The cornstarch absorbs perspiration, so you don’t feel wet and sticky. If you have a corn sensitivity, you can use arrowroot powder instead. I use cornstarch as it’s cheaper, but both work effectively.
The cocoa butter ensures smooth skin for us, and the essential oils make it smell great. Mister Man prefers a peppermint smell, while Little Miss prefers a lemon scent. She likes thinking she smells like her favorite dessert (lemon squares). Coconut oil makes it easy to apply, as it softens with your body heat even in winter when my house is cold and the homemade deodorant much more firm. In the summer, it softens as my house temperature rises and can even be a little liquidy if the upstairs gets into the high 70s, but that doesn’t affect its effectiveness!
How to make homemade deodorant
Use a heavy saucepan, and add a few inches of water. Turn the heat to medium to bring the water to steaming but not boiling. Add a glass jar carefully. Scoop the cocoa butter and coconut oil into the jar carefully, and turn off the heat. Let the mixture sit for ten or so minutes to melt. If you choose, you can stir it to speed the process.
Once completely melted, use potholders or another tool to carefully remove the jar from the pan and set on a heatproof surface.
Stir in the cornstarch then the baking soda. I use a fork, which allows me to easily see and find any lumps and distribute them. Even if your jar looks a little full, if you add and stir carefully, you can get your powders in. It’s amazing to watch the air in them disappear as you stir and they are absorbed into the liquid.
Once your homemade deodorant is a uniform consistency, add the essential oils. I love that my Nature’s Truth oils have a drip top so I don’t have to find and use a dropper. This makes life easier! Stir again to ensure they are distributed throughout. Let this come to room temperature and solidify, then cap the jar and use as needed.
I like knowing exactly what I have in my jars, especially since I create more than one scent and version of this homemade deodorant. I use labels for the tops and sides of my jars so there’s never any confusion. I created a printable for both the lemon and the peppermint version of this DIY deodorant cream. Download the free printable of the labels in both black and white and in color. I designed it to have white space around the top circle label to fit both wide and narrow mouth jars. Don’t cut it exactly on the outer circle.
How to use homemade deodorant
Each morning after you shower, rub your fingers over the top of your homemade deodorant to scrape up an amount the size of a pea. Rub that under one arm, and repeat on the other side. Depending on your personal needs, you may need or want to use a little more, but start there. I switch hands so I only dip into the deodorant once, then wash my hands quickly after applying to remove any residue.
I don’t have any stains on my clothing from this, and Mister Man has fewer yellow stains on his white shirts, as well. It’s a win/win all around! If you’re nervous about this, apply before you get dressed. Just give it a few minutes to absorb while you do other morning tasks.
One note: If you have razor burn or other irritated skin or open cuts under your arms, wait until they heal before using the homemade deodorant, as the essential oils could further irritate this.
What scent do you love for a homemade deodorant?
This simple and inexpensive homemade deodorant is effective and easy to make. Add your favorite essential oil scents to personalize it or leave it unscented, if you choose. Peppermint, lemon, and lavender are our favorite scents to use.
- 2 1/2 oz coconut oil
- 1 1/2 oz cocoa butter
- 6 T baking soda
- 4 T cornstart
- 8-10 drops essential oil
- Add a few inches of water to a heavy saucepan and turn the heat to medium. Bring the water to steaming but not boiling and turn off the heat. Add the jar you will use to keep your deodorant. Add cocoa butter and coconut oil.
- Let sit for ten minutes to melt, stirring if desired to speed the process. Use a potholder or other tool to remove the hot glass jar from the water and place on a heatproof surface.
- Add cornstarch and stir with a fork to remove lumps. Add baking soda and stir again. Once fully combined, add the essential oil and stir again to distribute.
- Let cool. This may take several hours on the counter, or you can place in the fridge to speed the process. Once cooled, seal the jar and add labels.
- To use, scrape out a pea size amount and rub into clean underarm. Repeat for the other side.
In cooler temperatures, this is solid and may take a little scraping to remove the deodorant. It melts below body temperature, so running your warm fingertips over the top of the deodorant may help soften it, if needed. In warmer months, it will soften and depending your home temperature may even be a little liquidy, but this does not diminish the effectiveness of the deodorant.