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Making Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Deodorant with Ribbon Wrapped Around it

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.


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Tip: Lemon Deodorant

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

Tip: Make Your Own Deodorant

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

Lavender Under-Arm Spray

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.

By melissa [183]

Tip: Emergency Deodorant

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.

By Vicki from Dallas, TX

Tip: Use Baby Powder as Deodorant

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. I pour some baby powder from the container into a small bowl and use a powder puff for the application. I figure that if it's safe for a baby, it must be safe for all of us.

By Megan8 from WV

Editor's Note The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using talcum powder on infants and children. It has been shown to cause lung and breathing problems. If you decide to try this tip, be sure not to inhale any of the fine powder.

Tip: Homemade Deodorant

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:

  • 6 parts of corn starch: (act as antiperspirant)
  • 1 part of baking soda: (deodorant)
No aluminum chloride.

Blend thoroughly. Put the powder in a sugar bowl and apply with a powder sponge from the dollar store. I have tried it, and it works well for me. I did try baking soda alone last year, but it irritated me.


Tip: Radish Deodorant

Bunch of radishes on towel.


  • 24 radishes
  • 1/4 tsp. of glycerin


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.

By Ellen Brown

Note: Some recipes are not suitable for sensitive skin. Each person is different, so test on the inside arm or wrist for any possible allergic reactions before using these recipes.

By Ellen Brown

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Here are questions related to Making Homemade Deodorant.

Question: Homemade Deodorant Without Cornstarch or Baking Soda

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

By VBartlett from Kissimmee, FL


Most Recent Answer

By Momof4boys10/12/2011

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

Question: Homemade Mineral Salt Rock Deodorant

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!

Most Recent Answer

By Sarah03/06/2011

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.

Question: Natural Underarm Deodorant

How do you make homemade deodorant and antiperspirant in one, with natural ingredients?

By Patty Y. from Manila, Philippines

Most Recent Answer

By nightcry [1]12/02/2010

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.
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Archive: Make Your Own Deodorant


*** 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

RE: 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

Archive: Natural Underarm Deodorant

Can someone recommend a natural underarm deodorant?

By Ann

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: Natural Underarm Deodorant

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

By yoder178

RE: 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

RE: 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