Monica Whaley

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Homemade Deodorant

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 2:50 PM

That’s right, I’m looking into making my own. The Tom’s of Maine gave me a rash, so that’s been dumped. Some sites I’m reading express concern over the ingredient propylene glycol, which that deodorant uses. I already had the sea salt/water spray, so I’m using that with lavender oil as I research. It works really well. ’ve found a few alternatives, so I’ll list the different kinds and a simple recipe with the title being the link to the original.



This is the easiest. All you need is baking soda and cornstarch. The site I’m citing recommends 1 part bs to 6 parts cs, because straight baking soda can irritate some people. I made a foot powder from these ingredients years ago, and it was SUPER. I may have to make some more.

1. In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.

2. Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute, to thoroughly mix the two powders.

3. Then dab a small amount to the skin of your armpits with a soft cotton cloth, cotton ball, or cosmetic applicator. Apply as if you were lightly applying baby powder or cosmetic powder.


3 Tablespoons shea butter

3 Tablespoons baking soda

2 Tablespoons corn starch

2 Tablespoons cocoa butter

2 vitamin E oil gel caps (puncture and squeeze out the oil)

Essential Oil (I used ylang yang and orange)

[She] melted all the ingredients (except the oils) and gave it a good stir. This only took about 30 seconds in the microwave. Then added the oils, stirred again, and poured it in a jar, then placed it in the fridge to set. This recipe filled the jar in my hand, which is a 1/4 pint.



2 tsp. zinc-oxide powder

2/3 cup witch-hazel extract

2 tbsp. aloe-vera juice

30-40 drops essential oil(s)


In a small bowl, stir the zinc-oxide powder into the witch-hazel extract, and add the aloe-vera juice and essential oil(s). Fill an 8-oz. dark-glass spray bottle with the fluid.



I have a couple suggestions to add to this recipe. You might want to add a little beeswax if you want it a little more solid, especially since coconut oil melts at 76. You would need to melt the beeswax first, then add the powers and stir in; take off heat and add any essential oil if you want fragrance, and stir; leave to set or you can even put it in the fridge. Also, if you’re concerned about talc, use arrow root powder instead of cornstarch.


Also try:

1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best)

1/2 tbspn cocoa butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil

15 drops white thyme essential oil

15 drops rosemary essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops castor oil


Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.


All of these are super options; it’s just a matter of choosing which type is best for you. I’ve always been a solid person, but I’m liking the spray. I may stick with this for a while then try a solid. Let me know what you think if you try any!

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