Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Updated post: Home made deodorant!

I updated the recipe slightly in this post from 9/16/10

I have been making my own deodorant for a while. I have a very sensitive skin so most of the commercial deodorants don't suit me PLUS I am worried of the possibly harmful substances in many of them like aluminum. I also like making my own stuff, don't you?

I got the original recipe from Angry Chicken (thank you!). I was still living in Louisiana at that time and we held a I am not a Dirty Hippie Party. Oh that was fun.

I have modified the recipe since just a little bit, added coconut oil for a softer consistency because I found the original a little hard to spread, especially in the winter when it became hard in colder room temperature.

Natural Deodorant (4 oz)

3 tablespoons of shea butter
3 tablespoons of baking soda
2 tablespoons of corn starch  I have stopped using corn and now use arrowroot starch or potato starch
2 tablespoons of cocoa butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil (I buy mine from here), sweet almond oil, olive oil or whatever vegetable oil you have at hand (add even more to make it softer)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil (optional, haven't added it anymore in years and have not noticed a difference)
A few drops of essential oil you like (I like for instance the combination of sweet orange and lavender). Don't add a lot of essential oil, they are strong and it is good to make a skin test before by adding a drop of oil in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil and trying it on your skin first.

Melt them all in the micro wave or stove top, mix well and pour into a jar. Put in the fridge and let it solidify. Spread by hand or use old deodorant stick containers that work wonderfully with this recipe as well.

I get my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions by the gallon because it lasts for a long time and buying in bulk is cheaper in the end. Click on the coconut oil bucket below for special sale prices (affiliate link, buying coconut oil through this link will support my blogging!) If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.


  1. Author Deborah Dolen’s “Do It Yourself” books have helped us to save money on making lip balms, lotions, soaps, candles and more.
    There are over 20 books with several instructional videos under her Mabel White Home Living label, much of this is available online.

  2. I just made some and absolutely love it!