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The DIY deodorant options

My Beauty Independence is about to start, 1 July! And I’m a bit excited. For six months nothing but the homemade will touch this skin (except for sunscreen and mascara) and I’ll be sharing it on social media with #beautyindependence

One slight hitch, ahem, deodorant. Sadly, my homemade perfumes won’t cut it.

Just quietly, I’ve been considering running around the streets doing the chicken dance and subjecting the world to my own biological warfare… Okay, maybe not the best way to win friends and influence people.

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My DIY deodorant recipe wanderings around the internet and library book perusals have taken me to some exciting and curious places… On the whole, there seem to be three main categories:

1. The absorbent deodorant paste/stick – essential oils to smell nice and absorbent material, like clay, diatomous earth or alkaline salt to soak up the not-so-nice smelliness, some even like to throw some probiotics in to help the good bugs fight the smelly bugs.

The paste/stick option is the closest to an anti-perspirant replacement, not that it works the same way, but seems to be the longer lasting of the 3 main options.

Crunchy Betty is the queen of the paste/stick arena and has an apple cider rinse to help if people suffer an irritation to the alkalinity of this type of deodorant. The rinse doesn’t help everyone, according to the chats I’ve had with some lovely people on Instagram, but worth a shot.

The other issue people have mentioned in my chats is that coconut oil can stain clothes over the long run. This seems to be when coconut oil is the main ingredient. So, I was curious to see if I could reduce these potential issues and am trialling a recipe with reduced coconut oil and some vitamin C (naturally slightly acidic) to minimise the irritation. So far it’s worked better than I expected and I’ll share the recipe soon. Hopefully it’ll help some people.

2. The deodorant cocktail spritz – essential oils (to smell pretty) and alcohol or witch hazel (to help kill the bugs). I guess you could drink the stuff if your day was going badly… Just kidding.Deodorrant-spray

So far, I’m finding the spray isn’t a long lasting option, but useful as a handbag-ready and stealthy stink assassin. Everyone is different, so it’s worth trying a few different options. I’m keen to try this clever one by Wellness Mama, using magnesium oil.

3. Deodorant powder – I know a lot of people really like powders. I’m a bit uncoordinated and always seem to put powder everywhere except where I want it, leaving my bathroom ripe for some killer snowboard tracks, but my underarms completely bare. Although, using a powder puff helped.

I liked this straightforward powder recipe on Homemade Experiment. You could add some essential oils if you wanted to pretty it up.

Ahem, if you don’t want to make your own, this is the one that gets rave reviews: Black Chicken However, it is a bicarb paste so if you’ve had troubles with alkaline salt irritation then this probably won’t help.

In summary, your honour

If you are considering making your own deodorant be prepared for an adventure, because every body is different. You might be lucky and hit gold straight up or you may not succeed at all, even after several trips into the unknown, but I really think it’s worth at least trying and actually quite fun.

What are your thoughts and experiences? I’d love to hear.

Bele x


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  1. We find the easiest thing is just plain baking soda, works a treat for us. And it does not melt in the hot van in summer when working on building sites.

    • How awesome that it works so well. I must confess, I’m finding myself a bit uncoordinated to use the straight powders, but I love that straight bicarb can be so effective x

  2. Hi Bele! I’m just starting a deodorant experiment as well! I’ve read online that just slicing off a piece of lemon and rubbing that under your arm should do the trick. What’s your opinion on that? In any case, it’s really hot here in Belgium right now and I’ve decided to try this lemon approach for a week – I (and all around me) will notice if it ends up not working 🙂

  3. I used the shea butter/coconut oil deo for a while and liked it, but also had issued with the staining as mentioned. Then I found this site (http://www.slowfood.com/international/slow-stories/164286/diy-cocoa-and-shea-butter-deodorant-/q=6CB63B) and have had much more success. It is still what I use and have been for several years now. A batch usually lasts me about 6 months, so even though the ingredients and super cheap, it makes multiple batches and I get to spread the homemade deo gospel. Good luck!

    • How fabulous. I love how the world works sometimes. Just the other day, I was pottering in the kitchen and tried my luck at just using shea butter (no coconut oil) to see if it’d reduce the staining issue and then you send me this. I love it. Thank you x

  4. Happy Beauty Independence Day! This is fascinating – who knew there were so many ways to make deodrant? Not me, obvs! I’ve never tried to make my own, and when I tried a “healthier” tea tree deodrant, I almost asphyxiated myself from my own body odour, so I’m following along with much interest.

  5. Hi Bele, i know this is an old post but i only just stumbled upon your site and have fallen in love with it! Thank you for all the amazing recipes! Just wanted to share a failsafe deodorant recipe i’ve been using for close to 2 years now. Equal parts (I usually do a tablespoon of each for one little pot): bicarb soda, arrowroot powder; melted coconut oil then 10-20 drops of essential oil eg tea tree or eucalyptus or lavendar (or a mix). The coconut oil is an antibacterial as are the essential oils. The bicarb of soda eliminates the odour and the arrowroot powder asborbs moisture. Note, that when first using this deodorant after using commercial brands, the armpits will go through an initial detox and some may find in the first week they sweat a little more than usual (i found this) also the baking soda may be irritating for some initially which will eventually settle down or you can reduce the baking soda and increase the arrowroot. I absolutely love this and apply it like a cream under my armpits and find this is incredibly effective even on hot days!

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