Why would I want to make homemade deodorant? Because I can.
A few months ago, I noticed (and was a little concerned) on the back of my deodorant “Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease” and started researching. Basically, deodorants/antiperspirants contain aluminum (Aluminum Zirconium Tetracholohydrx GLY) which can’t be relieved from your body if you have bad kidneys. I don’t have bad kidneys, but what the heck?
Also, since I am an ingredient reader, I also continued to read the ingredients. The only active ingredient is Aluminum Zirconium Tetracholohydrx GLY at 17.8%. That means that 82.2% of everything in my deodorant was inactive. Why?
I could create some great smelling, equally-working something I was sure! After a quick Google, most simple homemade deodorants are made with coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, and tea tree essential oil.
This is the recipe I used:
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Melt in microwave.
Add in equal amounts cornstarch and baking soda until a spreadable consistency.
Coconut oil is an easy carrier oil, the cornstarch is a perspiration absorber and the baking soda neutralizes odor.
Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. I figured if I was mixing in the cornstarch and baking soda while the CO was hot and melted, it shouldn’t get any softer as the weather heats up–it didn’t. It doesn’t go on as smoothly as a store-bought deodorant, sometimes clumpy. I had to apply it with my fingertips out of a jar instead of a deodorant applicator.
As a deodorant and antiperspirant, it worked great, though! Even through the hot part of the summer, this worked for both stink and sweating. BUT, with the heat (and the new deodorant I think), I was having a rash, especially after shaving. Might as well go back to the aluminum! I Googled some more. Many of the sites with this recipe noted that some may break into a rash…caused from the baking soda.
But I had a light-bulb moment when I made my lip balm. The beeswax would give a smooth, firm consistency with the shea butter and sweet almond oil being wonderful oils for your skin!
How to make Soft & Silky Homemade Deodorant:
Melt 1/2 ounce beeswax in a double boiler or in the microwave. I melt mine in the microwave, stirring every minute for 2 minutes, then every 30 seconds.
Add in 1.4 ounces shea butter, 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil, and 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil. I just stirred these in–the shea butter melted on its own in the hot beeswax.
Add 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or bentonite clay (these work as the antiperspirant) and only 1 tablespoon baking soda (odor neutralizer). It shouldn’t be as harsh with 1/2 the amount of baking soda.
Finish it off with 7 drops tea tree oil (great anti-bacterial) and 20 drops of other essential oil if you’d like. I used eucalyptus and orange oils.
Mix it all together.
While it’s still warm and pourable, pour into your container. I just re-used a deodorant applicator. You could use a jar and smooth it on with your fingers if you’d like.
Let it cool and firm up.
I love this–it goes on smoothly and my new homemade deodorant/antiperspirant still works great combating the stink and sweat! And the cost? A mere 80 cents or so.
Here's the full recipe and printable!
Soft & Silky Homemade Deodorant
- 2.5 ounces
- 1/2 ounce Beeswax
- 1.4 ounces Shea Butter
- 2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 1/8 tsp (1 capsule) Vitamin E Oil
- 2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder, Cornstarch or Bentonite Clay
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 7 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 20 drops Essential Oil, optional
- Melt beeswax in microwave or in double boiler.
- Add in shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil.
- Add arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or bentonite clay and baking soda.
- Add tea tree oil and other essential oil if you'd like.
- Mix it all together.
- While it's still warm and pourable, pour into your container.
- Let cool to firm up.