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Making Homemade Deodorant

Deodorant doesn't have to full of chemicals and not smell the way you would like. It doesn't have to be expensive reduce or eliminate body odor. This is a guide about making homemade deodorant.

Homemade Deodorant with Ribbon Wrapped Around it
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June 15, 2015 Flag
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Did you know that sweat doesn't stink? Odors come because old sweat forms a breeding ground for bacteria. To avoid odors, you just have to keep your armpits clean! Use this between showers and after exertion. Shake the bottle before each use and pat dry afterwards. Spray whenever needed on your neck, chest, and armpits.


And just think of all the heavy metals you're no longer absorbing under your arms every day from the store bought kind! You may use this alone, or with a natural solid deodorant as well.

Approximate Time: A few minutes

Yield: About 1 cupSpray bottle filled and decorated.


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 24 drops lavender, rosemary, or tea tree essential oil
  • small fingertip spray bottle
Lavender Under-Arm Spray


  1. Add your baking soda to a measuring cup with hot water. This will help to dissolve the soda.
  2. Lavender Under-Arm Spray
  3. Add 24 drops lavender oil. Mix everything well.
  4. Lavender Under-Arm Spray
  5. Using a funnel, pour some of your mixture into your spray bottle. This is a fine mist bottle and can be purchased at Walmart for less than a dollar.
  6. Lavender Under-Arm Spray
  7. I decided to cut a picture from an old magazine and tape it to the front. Prettier that way! :) A great place to get free outdated magazines is your local library.
  8. Lavender Under-Arm Spray
  9. Store the remaining liquid in a jar until you need to re-fill your bottle.
  10. Lavender Under-Arm Spray
  11. Shake again before each use and enjoy!

Source: Modified from a recipe I found in a book.

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October 20, 2015 Flag
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I have been keeping a bowl and mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and using it as deodorant. I have never been fresher. Mix a small amount into a paste. I buy the value size on both at Sam's Club. I am at seven months and might get a year out if it. I used to use a deodorant costing 5.99 every two weeks.

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    July 18, 2012 Flag

    Lemons in a bagI have been reading alot of stuff about deodorants and how they clog your lymph system. They are also full of aluminum. I decided to try lemon. I was a little skeptical at first but it works.

    Just cut a lemon in 1/2 and put in baggy keep in the fridge. Rub the lemon under each arm, and it will last 24 hours. It is better then deodorants. I will not go back to buying deodorants anymore. Just be sure to tell everyone it's your deodorant so they do not use it as lemonade!

    By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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    August 12, 2010 Flag
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    To make deodorant, mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup baking soda. Add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil. Stir and add more cornstarch or oil until it is the consistency of silly putty. Then cram the mixture in your old deodorant container and refrigerate for about one hour.

    By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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    October 6, 2011 Flag
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    This is for an emergency only, such as you go to work and realize you forgot to put any on: rubbing alcohol. Most businesses have it in their medicine chests either in the form of a bottle or sealed wipes. It helps with the odor only.

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    February 24, 2009 Flag
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    I found this recipe somewhere on the Internet, from someone who had also tried baking soda alone, with no successes. They eventually found out that the right formula was the one below:

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    June 19, 2010 Flag
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    I am seeking a good deodorant recipe; something other than coconut oil, baking soda, or cornstarch. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    By VBartlett from Kissimmee, FL

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    July 29, 20100 found this helpful

    Witchhazel (will tighten pores), tea tree oil (will thwart bacteria), and a few drops of essential oil, like rosemary/lavender for scent.

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    October 12, 20110 found this helpful

    Globalgypsy, what ratio do you use for making your deodorant?

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    October 30, 20150 found this helpful

    I use deodorant soap in the shower, then the next morning I wipe my armpits with rubbing alcohol and then use a deodorant "crystal stone" (alum). You have to wet the stone before use. This works for me about 80% of the time. I take a week off and use regular deodorant, then go back to this. If I want to smell good, I put a dab of essential oil on a piece of cotton and put it in my bra. Essential oil can irritate skin so I avoid putting it on directly.

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    January 10, 2011 Flag
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    I began using baby powder containing corn starch and zinc oxide instead of antiperspirant deodorant. For me, it works even better than the deodorant and I don't have to be concerned about the aluminum from the antiperspirant being absorbed through my skin anymore.

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    March 11, 2009 Flag
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    Does anyone have a homemade recipe for the natural, organic, mineral salt rock deodorant? I'd like to make this myself, but without the sodium alum which is still a version of aluminum. It's just not as "bad" as the aluminum chlorohydrate. Is it possible? I'm just over the OTC chemical sticks! Thanks bunches!

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    March 12, 20090 found this helpful

    Search for"Homemade Mineral Salt Rock Deodorant recipe"good info there,good luck.

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    May 19, 20090 found this helpful

    Instead of Mineral salt rock deodorant I suggest that you put a 1/4-1/2 tsp of baking soda on a cotton Pad (the kind used to remove nail polish). Slightly wet the bk. soda with tap water. Rub this lightly on underarms and it will act as good or better than expensive deodorants. I've been doing this for about 2 weeks and it works like a charm!

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    March 6, 20110 found this helpful

    Deodorant Spray

    A deodorant spray can be made easily using natural ingredients. The following combination is a simple choice:

    ½ cup aloe vera gel

    ½ cup with hazel

    ½ cup water

    1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

    10 drops essential oil

    Simply mix the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.

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    December 1, 2010 Flag
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    How do you make homemade deodorant and antiperspirant in one, with natural ingredients?

    By Patty Y. from Manila, Philippines

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    5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil

    1/4 cup baking soda

    1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch

    Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder. Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. You can either scoop this into your old dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. After applying the product, you can just rub the remains into your hands as a lotion! This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.

    From Passionate Homemaking

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    December 9, 2005 Flag
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    Extract juice from radishes and combine with glycerin. Pour into a squirt bottle and refrigerate. After bathing, pour mixture into palm of hands and apply under arms.

    Bunch of radishes on towel.

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    December 1, 2010 Flag
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    Can someone recommend a natural underarm deodorant?

    By Ann


    Natural Underarm Deodorant

    Apple cider vinegar (does nothing towards moisture, however). Rubbing alcohol, but only in a pinch (like @ work and you forgot to put it on). Many health food stores have more natural type deodorants, but they are pricey. I use the rock crystals years ago, but don't remember if they worked or not. (08/02/2010)

    By thriftyvicki

    Natural Underarm Deodorant

    I quit using deodorant a few months back. I was using alcohol and baby powder but got tired of that. I just bought a Crystal brand stick that is hard. You moisten it and rub it on while moistened. I bought it at CVS drugstore. It is in a clear pink container and looks like a stick deodorant. They also have it in a roll on, but I didn't want the wetness. This Crystal brand really works. I had used one of these years ago. Don't know why I quit. I stopped using regular deodorant because I was having a hard time shaving my under arms without using a facial scrub because the deodorant clogged up my razor unless I used the peach facial scrub. Glad I tried the Crystal deodorant once again. (08/04/2010)

    By quickcooker

    Natural Underarm Deodorant

    I like the salt Crystal too!! Deodorants and antiperspirants are so irritating to the skin. The salt crystal never irritates and works great against odor. I have also used corn starch but I like the crystal better. (08/04/2010)

    By pattycares

    Natural Underarm Deodorant

    Baking soda and corn starch, the old fashioned remedy. (08/04/2010)

    By yoder178

    Natural Underarm Deodorant

    Equal parts baking soda (neutralizes odor) and cornstarch (absorbs moisture). Store them in a glass jar if you can, and add antibacterial essential oils, such as lavender.
    Dampen a powder puff or cotton ball and dab into mixture and pat underarms.
    I've been using this recipe for awhile, and it works great. It is from the book : Better Basics for the Home, by A. Berthold. (08/06/2010)

    By Auntie Thrifty

    Natural Underarm Deodorant

    I've been using the rock crystal all summer and will never go back to using commercial antiperspirants again. Its very hot where I live, sometimes up to 100 degrees or more and I don't have air conditioning at home. I have never had an odor problem nor wetness. It's really good and natural! (08/06/2010)

    By cett

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    August 12, 2010 Flag
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    Instead of buying commercial deodorant that comes in disposable plastic packaging and is loaded with nasty chemicals make your own, and save money doing it.

    Bear in mind that I didn't really measure a whole lot during this process, I had read something somewhere that gave me the idea, but I didn't remember where so I just winged it.

    You need coconut oil (I just used good ol LuAnna, but you can use the organic good stuff too), baking soda and either corn starch or arrowroot powder (good if you have an allergy to corn)

    I mixed about equal parts baking soda and starch (use more starch if you have sensitive skin, it'll make this less likely to irritate) then mixed it into a few tablespoons of melted coconut oil until it was a consistency that I liked.

    You can use some essential oil to make it smell nice and boost the antibacterial properties. I use lavender oil because it smells good and makes the deodorant work better, but there are other good choices out there; tea tree oil, rosemary oil, thyme oil. Just remember a little goes a long way! I used about 4 or 5 drops for the whole batch. I would think that you could play with other additives as well such as cocoa butter, vitamin E or so on if you wanted to. I'll probably play around with it on my next batch.

    To use it, scoop up about a pea sized amount and smooth it under each armpit. I do this every night after my shower, then I do it again when I get up in the morning as I'm getting ready for work.

    So, does it work? I can honestly say that I do not miss my old commercial deodorant, I have had no complaints about my smell and so I'd say it seems to be working for me! I do sweat more than I did with antiperspirant, but really it doesn't stink!

    Note: as I was typing this up I managed to find where I got the original idea so there is an actual recipe at the link for the source.


    By heavenlymayday from Colorado


    Make Your Own Deodorant

    Excellent post! I just gave you a thumbs up for it! That's an easy enough recipe that even I could manage to whip some up! Thank you! (03/01/2010)

    By melody_yesterday

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