Easy Homemade Deodorant

This Super Easy Homemade Natural Deodorant recipe smells great and really works! It's made with clean, all-natural ingredients that keep you dry and smelling great, and it takes just minutes to make.

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There are so many things to love about this DIY deodorant. It's easy to make, feels great going on, has great odor-killing properties, but also doesn't have too much baking soda, so it's great for sensitive skin too.

Making your own personal care products is a great way to remove toxins from your home (and get them off your body), but they can be tricky.

Thankfully, there are some easy recipes out there, and one of them is this easy homemade deodorant. Simple ingredients, great results, and no stink.

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Easy Homemade Deodorant Recipe

This Easy Homemade Deodorant is clean and all natural, great for sensitive skin, and comes together in just minutes.
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Instructions

  • Heat the shea butter in a double boiler over low heat until melted.
  • Stir in the arrowroot, baking soda, essential oils, and vitamin E until fully combined.
  • Pour into glass jar and let cool completely.
  • Store in a cool, dry place with the lid on.
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  1. After using crystal salt deodorant for many years (at first the rock which needs to be moistened with water, then a roll-on and then a spray), I discovered that alum in the ingredient name is actually aluminium (you would call that aluminum). While not as bad as other products around, all aluminium is best avoided. For many years, I have found that a little vinegar on a paper towel is quite effective, really easy and not messy. I think that organic apple cider vinegar would be the healthiest option and I am just about to start using that instead of white vinegar. (For anyone fearful of the vinegar smell, it disappears very quickly.)

    1. I agree that there is concern about alum. I have looked into it and it's confusing and hard to make sense out of all of it. Are you still using vinegar? Interesting idea!

      1. Hi Adrienne. Yes, I am still using undiluted vinegar with no problem - I am amazed that sometimes the easiest/simplest thing can not only be the safest but very effective, even during the hottest days of the South Australian summer! I still use paper towel but could try a glass spray bottle, as if it was a normal deodorant, soon. Of course, anyone who finds that once a day does not work for them could just reapply.

        I did buy a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar to apply to skin but never got around to it, so have continued to use white vinegar which I always have at hand for household cleaning (as it is easier to just have one container on the bathroom vanity unit) - I am concerned though that the process for making white vinegar probably involves petrochemicals and really must make an effort to buy a couple of glass containers one for the white cleaning vinegar and one for the organic ACV for skin.

  2. Many years ago a home ec teacher recommended rubbing alcohol as a deodorant. It works by killing bacteria that cause the odor. Of course, one must bathe regularly, then apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball. We have used it for sixty years and found it to be most effective, inexpensive, and non-irritating. Of course, it is not an antiperspirant, but I'm not convinced that antiperspirants are safe. Removal of underarm hair also decreases body odor, as it eliminates habitat for the odor-causing bacteria.

    1. Yes, this does work. In fact there are some deodorants for sale that work based on this principle. One of them is by this company: https://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/ However that is a denatured alcohol. I would need to spend some time looking at the differences to understand why they used that and not rubbing alcohol. I'm not totally convinced that putting alcohol on your skin straight is a good idea to do regularly (much less on the underarm area) so that's another thing I would want to look into but it does kill bacteria. Thanks for reading!

  3. I'd love an updated post with what works for you now!
    I'm not a really stinky person but I need deodorant - and am struggling to find something nontoxic that works. My husband is a REALLY stinky person and nothing "natural" I've tried so far does anything for him.