Friday, October 21, 2011

DIY: Make Your Own Deodorant

My latest all natural experiment is making my own deodorant. I found this recipe while dinking around on Pintrest a few weeks ago and decided to give it a shot. I've been wearing my homemade deodorant all day so far, and guess what... I'm still dry under the arms and I still smell fresh! Well, actually I smell kinda like coconuts and oranges which is still yummy! I found the cute ceramic jar at St. Vincent DePaul (my favorite thrift store). I wanted something that had a screw on lid but looked nice sitting on a counter. 

Anyways... on to the recipe so you all can make your own! Now, I didn't come up with this recipe. But you can check out the original creator of it at How About Orange

1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder (can I just say this was really hard to find! I eventually found it at Hyvee)
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
10 drops of essential oil (I chose Sweet Orange)
A jar with a lid

First in a small bowl, mix up all the dry ingredients. Then start to add the oils a little at a time. Mix with a fork until you get the consistency that you like. I actually had trouble with this, so I nuked it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. It made it liquidy (which was easy to stir & then pour into my jar), but then it solidified back up.

Now, to apply it, you take a small amount in your fingers and kinda warm it up but rubbing your fingers together. then rub it in each armpit. You only need to apply it once! The other nice thing, no more deodorant marks on your shirts! Also, this is super cheap to make as well since the ingredients last a long time.


  1. I made this today, though I found the link through an instructables thing (which is how I found your blog-you commented on a DIY shampoo post about how you put it in a spray bottle!). So far I love it! I went to the gym using it instead of my regular deodorant and I didn't sweat from my pits, and I usually sweat tons! I used lemongrass oil, and the sweater I should have been, the more I smelled like lemongrass. It was crazy!

    1. I love it too. I'm still using it everyday and this is the same batch I made back on October 21st 2011. The only thing I've noticed is if I accidentally apply it on too thick my armpits get a little irritated. So to prevent that I've been heating it slightly with my hair dryer in the morning when I dry my hair. I've found that it is much easier to put on a thin coating.

  2. Wouldn't this be oily under your pits??

  3. Arrowroot can be found in spice shops like The Spice House or Penzey's, both of which have online ordering.

  4. I came across your recipe yesterday and I was so excited. I raced to Penzey's and bought the arrowroot, came home, and made my batch of deo. I used it this morning and it was great until this afternoon. My armpits are burning. I don't understand why because I followed the recipe exactly as it was given. Any suggestions?


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